Taste raises funds

The Taste of the Town fundraiser for the Hammonton Education Foundation raised $17,740. More than 400 people sampled dishes from about 30 restaurants and markets in and around Hammonton. Funds raised will be distributed to teachers in Hammonton schools for special projects.

Scholarships offered

The Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association is taking applications for its annual scholarship program for Greater Atlantic City residents who will attend a two-year or more post-secondary program. Numerous $1,500 scholarships will be awarded, plus two $2,500 scholarships in memory of Soundra and Pierre Hollingsworth. A $1,500 Outstanding Educator Grant will also be awarded for a school program.

Applications are online at mbcanj.com, click on the Scholarships link. The deadline to apply is April 15. Scholarships will be awarded in May. For information, call group Chairman Alexander Marino at 609-347-2165.

Hospital council

Shore Medical Center's Patient and Family Advisory Council is recruiting new council members to share their perspectives and experiences. The council is comprised of former patients, family members and medical center staff and works in an advisory capacity to identify patient needs and set priorities for improving the patient experience. The council meets every other month. For more information contact Diane Severino at 609-653-4763 or DSeverino@ShoreMedical-Center.org; or Lisa DiTroia at 609-653-3543 or LDiTroia@ShoreMedicalCenter.org

Helping hurricane victims

The California-based 1.2.1 Foundation has given the Atlantic County Special Services School District Foundation almost $13,000 to assist school families affected by Hurricane Sandy. The funds will help families relocate and/or rebuild.

Restaurant Gala results

The 30th anniversary Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala at Bally's Atlantic City raised $145,000 for student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations and showcased more than 50 of the region's top restaurants.

A 50/50 raffle raised $12,000 for college scholarships. The first prize of $7,200 went to Suzanne Feye, of Linwood, Linda Wohlman, of Absecon, and Ruth Latorre, of Atlantic City; second-prize winner Ken Calemmo, of Sea Isle City, received $3,600; and third-prize winner Tom Pohlman, of Linwood, won $1,200. Dr. Craig Rosen, of Linwood, and Doug Walker, of Ocean City, each won a piece of jewelry from Bernie Robbins Jewelers.

Laugh for autism

The third annual Stand-Up for Autism comedy event will be held Saturday at the Mays Landing Country Club.

Registration opens at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the comedy show at 7:30 p.m. featuring Soul Joel Richardson, Christian Spicer and Gemini. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $50 each for the dinner and show. Call 609-412-3738 for more information.

Prom fashion show

Students from Oakcrest High School's Interact Club and French Club will kick off prom season by modeling donated gowns and accessories at Kathleen's Closet Second Annual Spring Thing Prom Fashion Show at the store in the Festival at Hamilton in Mays Landing at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The show is free. The students are collecting gently used prom gowns and accessories for sale at Kathleen's Closet with proceeds benefiting hunger relief efforts of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Kathleen's Closet is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7p.m. For information call 609-241-7323.

Discounted tickets

The Vineland High School Marching Clan is offering Morey's Pier tickets at a discount. Tickets can be ordered online at

vhsmarchingband.org. Type in the specific promotion code VINELANDHS. The all-day ticket prices are as follows: water park $25, amusement pier $33. The All Day Combination Ticket is $42, which may be used over two days. These pre-season offerings can save from $14 to $23 per ticket. Tickets are also available by calling 856-794-6800 ext. 2539. All orders must be placed by April 30.

Health care scholarships

Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Cape May County contemplating study in the healthcare field. The scholarship amounts will be determined by strong academic ability, involvement in school and civic activities, financial need, acceptance into an accredited college or university in the United States, and a panel interview. All awards will be paid directly to the university or college of choice after the first term studies are completed and checked.

Download the application at CapeRegional.com, then click on the volunteer tab on the home page and then the auxiliary link. Applications should be sent to Scholarship Chairperson, Mary Ann Mosso, 1363 Virginia Ave., Cape May, N.J. 08204. The deadline is April 24.

Golf tournament

The Love of Linda Cancer Fund 19th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Avalon Golf Club on May 5. Registration is at noon with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The event is open to all levels of players. There will also be a raffle, silent auction and special competitions. The entry fee is $120 per player; and $95 for Avalon Club Members. The fee includes: greens fee and cart, tournament gifts, complimentary beverages and buffet dinner. Sponsors and prize donations also being sought at different funding levels. For more information e-mail mac11501@verizon.net. Donations can also be made to the Love of Linda Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 1053, Wildwood, N.J. 08260.

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