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Restaurant Gala Mission

Restaurant Gala Mission

The Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala was established in 1984 to raise scholarship funds for students in the state’s largest culinary school, the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. The Academy opened in 1981 to prepare highly skilled workers for the growing regional hospitality industry and has graduated over 4,000 students. All proceeds go to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity organization, and support scholarships for ACA students and Foundation operations.

Party with a purpose! Since its inception, the Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala has raised well over $3.5 million for student scholarships.  Your participation and support enables the Atlantic Cape Foundation to continue to support worthy culinary arts students and Foundation operations.  Thank you for your support!

For more information about the Restaurant Gala, please contact Kristin Jackson at or (609) 463-3621.

2021 Gala Goes al Fresco Planning Committee


  • Cheryl Pivola - Atlantic Cape Foundation Executive Board Member and ShopRite


  • Charles Bernier - Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
  • Terry Budd - Retired, Atlantic Cape Community College and Foundation Board member
  • Fran Coppola - Historic Towne of Smithville
  • Janet Markowitz - Chester's Plant and Flowers
  • Chef Joseph Massaglia - Mama Mia's Ristorante
  • Kelly McClay - Retired, Dean, Academy of Culinary Arts
  • Christopher Mularz - Atlantic County Department of Planning and Development
  • Roman P. Osadchuk - RPO Realtors
  • NorEaster Nick Pittman - SJNtv Weather
  • Patti Rowland - Graphic Design
  • Steve Van Der Molen - Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
  • John "Scannicchio" Varalli - Scannicchio's Restaurant
  • Sybil Victor - Atlantic City Fire Department
  • Kailin Wise - Ocean Casino Resort


  • Laura Batchelor - Marketing & College Relations
  • Kristin Jackson - Resource Development and Atlantic Cape Foundation
  • Erin Mercer - Marketing & College Relations


  • Dr. Barbara Gaba - Atlantic Cape Community College President
  • James Rutala - President, Atlantic Cape Foundation
  • Jean McAlister - Executive Director, Atlantic Cape Foundation
  • Chef Joseph Sheridan – Chef Educator, Academy of Culinary Arts
  • Maria Kellett - Associate Director, Atlantic Cape Foundation
  • Mariann Sozio - Associate Director, Atlantic Cape Foundation
ACA Student Group
Gala Stilt Walker
ACA Students and Faculty