Restaurant Gala at Bally’s

Food, live music, ice carving performances and still more food — it’s all part of the 31st annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, taking place 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Bally’s Atlantic City.

The annual scholarship fundraiser showcases all things food, serving thousands of hors d’oeuvres prepared by students from the Academy of Culinary Arts and dishes from a who’s who of Atlantic City chefs and restaurateurs. Culinary specialties are served up by 40 of the region’s best restaurants. An elegant dessert reception will complete the night’s events.

This year’s annual event will honor Anthony Catanoso and Steel Pier Associates and Peter Slavin, a Philadelphia-based performance ice carver, who will carve a giant block of ice live at the gala. This year’s 2014 theme, “The Greatest Gala on Earth,” will feature a vintage carnival atmosphere to accompany the foodie feast.

Since 1984, the gala has raised $3 million for scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $225 per person. Call Torrina Bennett-Michael at 609-463-4672, e-mail or go to

Maxwell Awards at Revel

Maxwell Football Club will bring its annual National Awards Gala, celebrating the 2013 football season at the professional, collegiate and high school levels, to Revel Casino Hotel’s Ovation Hall 5 p.m. Friday, March 14.

Professional football’s most respected athletes, coaches and personalities of both current and former seasons, such as Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, are expected to attend.

Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski announced that Manning has been selected as the winner of the 55th Bert Bell Professional Player of the Year Award. Kelly is being honored as the winner of the 25th Greasy Neale Professional Coach of the Year Award.

Tickets start at $300 per person and include admission to the MFC awards dinner and cocktail party. Tickets for this event are limited and are available on a first come first serve basis. The public can meet their favorite players at 6 p.m. during a red carpet arrival at Ovation Hall.

P.A.L. Comedy Night Fundraiser

The Police Athletic League of Cape May will hold its ninth annual Comedy Night Social 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 14. The event will be held at Cape May Convention Hall and will feature three headline comedians.

The evening will include comedy from Moody McCarthy, who has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The CBS Morning Show”; Joe DeVito, most recently seen on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”; and Rodney Laney, featured on HBO’s “Bad Boys of Comedy” and “Stand Up New York.”

Lucky Bones will provide light fare, soda, beer and wine.

Cape May Convention Hall is located at 714 Beach Ave., Cape May. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 day of the event. Go to or, call Cape May Convention Hall at 609-884-9563 or visit the Convention Hall box office. A facility fee will apply.

For more information, call Tony Genaro at 609-374-4987, or e-mail

200 Club Memorial Service and Brunch

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and The 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will host the 29th annual Cape/Atlantic Memorial Service and Brunch, honoring police, fire and rescue personnel who have died in the line of duty, noon Sunday, March 16, at Borgata’s Event Center in Atlantic City.

The keynote speaker will be Capt. Raymond Dupuis, commander of field operations for the Watertown, Mass., police department. On April 19, the city was site of a manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan. Dupuis will talk about the impact the incident had on the public safety officers in his community.

The 200 Club was founded to support members of the Public Safety Community — police, fire and emergency services personnel — and their survivors when they experience a line-of-duty death. The 200 Club will also award $37,500 in higher education scholarships to the children of active-duty, retired, disabled or deceased police, fire or rescue personnel who work in Atlantic or Cape May counties.

Preceding the brunch, the public is welcome to attend a Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, Tennessee and Pacific avenues in Atlantic City. Brunch tickets are $35. Call 609-645-3800 or e-mail

‘Next to Normal’ at Eagle Theatre

The Eagle Theatre’s production of “Next To Normal,” which opened Friday, March 7, will run through Saturday, March 29. The production stars Broadway performer Krissy Fraelich and national recording artist Brian Bortnick.

“Talk Back” sessions will be held directly following performances on Thursday, March 13, and Thursday, March 20. Sessions feature the director and cast fielding questions and comments from audience members.

Performances will take place 8 p.m. March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29, and 3 p.m. March 16 and 23. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for front rows.

The Eagle Theatre is located at 208 Vine St., downtown Hammonton. Call the Eagle Theatre box office at 609-704-5012 or go to