Contact: David Zuba, Publicist, Media Relations/Communications
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Wednesday, April 29, 2015) – Six local college students will be announced as scholarship award recipients at the Annual Atlantic City Host and Spirit of Hospitality Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 6 in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Historic Boardwalk Hall.
All scholarship awards will be applied towards each student’s hospitality and tourism education. Receiving the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association (GACCA) and Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) scholarships are:
- Aglee Burke (Millville, NJ), Atlantic Cape Community College, $750
- Kimberly Richardson (Mays Landing, NJ), Fairleigh Dickinson University, $750
- Melanie Snyder (Iselin, NJ), Stockton University, $1,250
- Melanie Dunay (Neshanic Station, NJ), Stockton University, $1,250
- Mary Bennett (Egg Harbor City, NJ), Stockton University, $1,250
- Madelyn Torres (Brigantine, NJ), Fairleigh Dickinson University, $1,250
Ms. Torres will also be presented with the inaugural Howard Bacharach Scholarship Award of $500 in memory of the late 15-year Atlantic City Host Committee member who passed away last August at 74. Mr. Bacharach also was the former executive director of the Atlantic City Hotel & Lodging Association and a volunteer with many worthwhile organizations throughout the region.
Registration and reception for this year’s Annual Host Awards banquet commence at 5:30 pm with the formal dinner and awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 pm. Special guest Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015, will be in attendance and on stage to greet and present all recipients with their respective Host Award.
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The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. The former ACCVA, now a division of CRDA, is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.
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