Arc event

More than 260 guests attended The Arc of Atlantic County's "How the West Was Fun!" tribute dinner March 29 at the Carriage House in Galloway. The Arc raised $65,000 for its recreation, case management and family support programs that help hundreds of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities each year.

The nonprofit has raised $1 million toward its $1.2 million capital campaign, to provide more affordable and accessible housing for its clients. The Arc plans to build up to 20 new residences on land donated by Egg Harbor Township. Call The Arc's Chief Development Officer Deborah Jewell at 609-485-0800 ext. 135, to contribute.

Helping SOCH

On March 23, the Southern Regional High School Athletic Department raised $750 for the Cardio Rehabilitation Center at Southern Ocean County Hospital, with a "Defeat Heart Disease" event. Faculty students and staff paid $10 per half-hour workout session, and rode, rowed or walked in the cardio room.

The funds will be go towards purchase of equipment for the rehab center, located in Stafford Township.

Raising funds for education

The Somers Point Education Foundation's 18th annual Dinner Dance and Silent Auction raised about $16,000 for educational enrichment. The event, held March 24 at the Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, was attended by more than 120 people, organizers said. For more information visit: www.somersptschools.org/.

Aiken award

Beth Eastman, president of The Inn of Cape May and Aleathea's Restaurant, will be East Lynne Theater Company's honoree at the South Jersey Cultural Alliance's 17th Annual Paul Aiken Encore Awards Dinner at the Landis Theater in Vineland, 6 p.m. to

9:30 p.m. on May 17 .

Since 2008, Eastman has donated a three-course meal at Aleathea's to East Lynne, located in West Cape May, for its annual fundraiser, a theater spokesperson said. Aleathea's also has lent period furniture to dress the company's sets. Tickets are $80 before April 27. Contact Caz Boyd at the Alliance at 609-645-2760 or email cboyd@sjca.net. For more on East Lynne, call 609-884-5898 or e-mail eastlynneco@aol.com/.

Pajama drive

Middle Township Middle School teacher Kelly Sanzo recently organized a pajama drive that collected 55 new pairs of pajamas and 25 new books from students and their families, for the New Jersey chapter of the children's nonprofit, Pajama Program, said Cape May County Coordinator Michele Amatrudo.

Amatrudo, a student at Atlantic Cape Community College who lives in the Villas, said the program mostly gives to kids in foster care and in other institutional settings. The state chapter recently provided its 100,000th new pair of pajamas, and its 60,000th new book, to children in need throughout the state, said founder Geri Schleich, of Middletown, Monmouth County, who started the effort in 2004.

Contact Amatrudo at 609-886-3702 or michele.amatrudo@gmail.com or Schleich for other counties at 732-747-6144 or

Fashion fundraiser

The AMI Foundation's second Annual Images of Springtime Fashion Show and Luncheon March 24 at the Seaview Dolce Resort in Galloway raised $8,000 to be split between two nonprofit organizations - The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families in Northfield, and The Charity League of Atlantic County, a spokesman said. The AMI Foundation is the charitable arm of Atlantic Medical Imaging.