Giving update: Raising funds for ACCC and other news of the volunteer community

John Schultz, of Atlantic City, left, and Atlantic Cape Community College President Peter Mora of Palermo, Upper Township, attended the Panorama of Possibilities event in January.

Raising funds for ACCC

More than 150 guests gathered at the Atlantic City home of Gary Hill and John Schultz last month, and raised more than $21,000 for Atlantic Cape Community College's capital campaign in a "Panorama of Possibilities" event. The evening showcased the work of Academy of Culinary Arts students, the college's Performing Arts Club and other students and alumni.

To date, ACCC and its foundation have raised nearly $1.8 million of the $2.5 million goal in the college's first capital campaign, which began in September 2009 and is expected to conclude in March 2013.

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Douglas Heun of Linwood, was the event committee chair. For information contact Maria Kellett at 609-463-3670 or, or visit

Fundraiser in Margate

About 200 people came out to Maynard's Cafe in Margate Tuesday night, and raised about $6,000 to help Patty and Gary DiMartine, of Pleasantville, with medical bills related to Gary DiMartine's Dec. 20 liver transplant.

Patty DiMartine said her husband was well enough to attend, and that they are both extremely grateful to the "friends, family members, people in Local 68 and Local 54, and people we didn't even know, who bought tickets to help us."

Church receives check

Pilgrim Holiness Church, of Erma in Lower Township, was recognized recently for helping 10 women get mammograms, with a $500 check from the Parish Nurse Program at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House.

The award is part of an incentive program through a grant by the Central and South Jersey Affiliate Susan G. Komen Reach-Out for Life Program, administered by the medical center. Faith-based organizations get a $500 stipend if they sponsor and sign up 10 or more women for mammograms.

For more information contact Bonnie Kratzer at 609-463-4043 or Gloria Schultz at 609-463-2599.

Raising a reader

American Hockey League all-stars Michael Leighton, of the Adirondack Phantoms, and Boyd Kane, of the Hershey Bears, along with United Way of Atlantic County staff, delivered the 1,000th book bag donated by the Raising a Reader program to a pre-school classroom at AtlantiCare Kids in Pleasantville on Jan. 30.

Raising A Reader circulates bags of award-winning books into children's homes on a weekly basis. It is part of United Way's Success By 6 initiative. To date, programs have been started in 20 locations in Atlantic County.

The hockey players were in Atlantic City for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic.

Campground donation

Claire and Thomas Brodesser Jr., owners of the Beachcomber Camp Resort in Cape May, donated $100,000 to the Cape Regional Medical Center's Cancer Care Capital Campaign last week. The campaign is paying for new radiation oncology equipment. Installation begins later this month.

The funds were delivered by their daughter and her husband, Tammy and Ken Gomez. Thomas Brodesser Jr., is a past member of the Board of Trustees. The Brodessers made a two-year, $1 million gift to the Cancer Center in 2008, and the cancer center was named for the couple.

Scholarship program

The Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program is seeking nominations of students between the ages of 6 and 18, who have contributed to their communities through volunteerism over the past year.

More than 2,200 kids will be recognized with more than $440,000 in scholarships and prizes. About 2,200 store winners will receive a $50 Kohl's Gift Card; 200 regional winners each get a $1,000 scholarship for post-secondary education. And 10 national winners each get $10,000 for post-secondary education, plus $1,000 donated to a nonprofit organization. To nominate a student, visit and click on "Nominate a Kid." Nominations must be submitted electronically by March 15.

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