Atlantic City attorney and community leader Lloyd D. Levenson will be honored with the Spirit of Hospitality Award at the 15th Annual Atlantic City Host Awards on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Boardwalk Hall.  The awards program is presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA) and the ACCVA Foundation to salute and encourage excellent customer service in the hospitality industry. 

The Spirit of Hospitality Award is given annually to an individual who has had a noteworthy positive impact on the area’s hospitality industry.  In announcing the award today Jeff Vasser, president of the ACCVA, cited Levenson’s significant role in gaming law and the East Coast Gaming Congress, commitment to community organizations and establishment of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  “Lloyd’s work is recognized in gaming jurisdictions around the world,” said Vasser, “but his contributions to the local community are equally important and impressive.”

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Levenson is the chief executive officer of Cooper Levenson and chair of the firm’s Casino Law Practice Group.  The firm’s client base serves individuals, corporations and companies of all sizes and sovereign governments.  Among other professional accomplishments, he is a Counselor and formerly an officer and trustee of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA).  Levenson also served as Chairman of the Casino Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association as well as the Gaming Law Committee of the General Practice Section of the American Bar Association. 

His community and philanthropic activity includes various positions with D.A.R.E. New Jersey and D.A.R.E. America Worldwide, the New Jersey State Opera and Southern New Jersey Development Council.  He has received numerous community awards and recognitions.

Former recipients include historian, author and Judge Nelson Johnson; Greater Atlantic City Chamber President Joseph Kelley; and Henrietta Shelton, organizer of the annual free Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Concert series.

Along with the Spirit of Hospitality Award, Host Award winners will be announced in 26 different hospitality categories.  Additionally, the ACCVA Foundation and the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association will award scholarships to area students planning to study hospitality at area colleges and universities. 

The 15th Annual Host Awards will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Boardwalk Hall.  Registration and reception begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and awards starting at 6:30 p.m.  ,For additional information about the Host Awards, contact Jacqui Carole at 609-449-7174 or

Atlantic City’s Richard Stockton College - Dante Hall Theater will provide the intimate backdrop for a jazz great next month.  The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc. (CBBHFI) and Richard Stockton College - Dante Hall Theater have teamed up to bring the Sonny Fortune Quartet and the Marc Cary Quartet as part of a new jazz series.

On Saturday, May 19, CBBHFI will help Sonny Fortune celebrate his birthday with a concert at 7:30 P.M. and immediately following the concert a birthday cake with light refreshment will be served.  Tickets for the concert are $30.00, with doors opening at 7pm. 

Fortune, who plays soprano, tenor and baritone sax as well as clarinet and flute, has earned high praise for his recordings with his own quartet and has played with music legends McCoy Tyner, Buddy Rich, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.

On Saturday, June 16, the Marc Cary Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30.00 each.  Cary has been called one of the most “multi-dimensional keyboard players on the scene today,” by Down Beat magazine.  He was among the pioneers of the “GO-GO” rhythms started in Washington, D.C. and has earned four Grammy nominations. 

Tickets are available through search Dante Hall or by calling 609-347-2167 or via email at  Address for DANTE Hall is 10 N. Mississippi Avenue, Atlantic City.

The CBBHFI has for 12 years sponsored the free Jazz at the Beach summer concert series at Kennedy Plaza in Atlantic City.  They also partnered with Tropicana Casino and Resort to present Spring Jazz Concerts at the Top of the Trop during April and May of this year.

“It’s exciting to see how much the jazz scene has grown in Atlantic City.  We’re looking forward to bringing more jazz concerts to the city and having a beautiful, intimate venue like Dante Hall hosting some of the top artists in the field,” said Henrietta Shelton, chairman of CBBHFI.

Alex Marino, director of operations for Richard Stockton College’s Carnegie Center and Dante Hall Theater notes, “We are excited to bring jazz back to Dante Hall Theater, and look forward to a great relationship with Chicken Bone Beach.  This is the start of what we hope is a monthly seasonal jazz offering continuing throughout the year.”


For information about CBBHFI, visit or call 609-841-6897.

Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) announced today the nationwide music tour, “GIGANT3S”, featuring acclaimed singer/producer Marc Anthony, Latin America’s preeminent singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solis, and international pop phenomenon Chayanne. The show hits Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on August  17th.

Tickets for the highly anticipated tour will go on sale on Friday, May 11th at 12 noon, and can be purchased by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at

“We’re ecstatic to bring these three giants of Latin music for fans nationwide,” said CMN President/CEO Henry Cardenas.  “This tour is enormous, not only from a production standpoint, but musically and historically speaking, it is the first time that three leading artists of their genre come together for a major tour.  

The Larry Holmes Charitable Foundation (LHCF) announced today that they will host the Run with the Champ 5k Race/Walk at Scott Park in Easton, PA on June 16, 2012. 

The first Run with the Champ began in 1978 featuring Heavyweight Boxing Champion Larry Holmes.  The Race is open to both adults and children of all ages. Registration begins at 8:30a.m. and the race will begin at 10:00a.m. followed by the walk and fun run.  Registration for the event is now open on the LHCF events page.

“We are excited to bring this race back to Easton,” said Larry Holmes Jr., Executive Director of the Larry Holmes Charitable Foundation. “The race will help us spread our mission to the community while keeping the Lehigh Valley Fit.”

Easton native Cpl. Dan Lasko will be honored as well as participating in the Run with the Champ.  Lasko fought in Afghanistan in 2004 and received a purple heart.  He is a prime example of local heroes giving back. 

“The Larry Holmes Charitable Foundation is proud to honor Cpl. Dan Lasko for his hard work and dedication,” said Holmes, Jr. “Dan is a real hero from our community and we are thrilled to have him participating in the race.”

For more information on the Larry Holmes Charitable Foundation and this event, please visit