In partnership with the Nonprofit Center at Lasalle University, the South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA) is holding a professional development workshop for all nonprofit organizations in the South Jersey and Greater Philadelphia area.  It will be held February 16th from 9:30am to 1:30pm at the Historic Hopkins House in Haddon Township, NJ.

 The SJCA invites nonprofit professionals to discover the art of story-telling: one of the most effective tools a nonprofit has to raise funds and win support. It is an art that can be shared via publications and direct mail; verbally, from the elevator speech to a funder presentation; and online, using today's social networking tools. A well-told story inspires and compels action and distinguishes your organization from the masses. This session will explore the factors that make each type of presentation successful, so that you are utilizing all of these communication tools effectively, maximizing support for your organization through skilled external communications.  

The instructor, Patrick Feeley, has been fundraising in the nonprofit sector since 1993. Currently he is the Associate Vice President for Individual and Principal Giving at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) overseeing the areas of major gifts, planned gifts, and capital support. Prior to this new role, Pat oversaw the corporate, foundation, cause marketing and special event teams as the Assistant Vice President for Institutional and Event Fundraising. During his time in senior management in development at CHOP, the Hospital successfully concluded the Hope Lives Here Campaign exceeding $450 million in charitable contributions.

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Registration is available online at or by calling the South Jersey Cultural Alliance office at (609) 645-2760.  The registration fee is $30 for SJCA members and $35 for non-members. Persons requiring special accommodations including a signed interpreter, open captioning, or assisted listening devices, contact SJCA at (609) 645-2760 at least two weeks in advance.

 SJCA is a nonprofit service organization providing marketing, cultural tourism, and educational program assistance to over 120 member organizations in the eight counties of South Jersey.  This workshop is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and given in partnership with the Nonprofit Center at Lasalle University, and Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission.  

Popular local artists working in a variety of mediums and depicting a wide range of subject matter will take center stage at the third annual 'At the Shore Wine Tasting Art Show' on Thursday, February 2, 2012, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.  The charity event will also feature a tasting selection of white and red wines from Gallo Wines, hors d'oeuvres and live music. The Wine Tasting Art Show is organized by the Atlantic City Convention Visitors Authority Foundation (ACCVAF) and the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association (GACCA) to fund scholarships for students majoring in the hospitality curriculum at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Atlantic Cape Community College and Fairleigh Dickenson University. A limited number of tickets are available, and those interested in attending are urged to purchase tickets early, as last year's event sold out quickly.  Tickets are $25 each, available by calling Joyce Cook at 609-449-2295.  The ticket price includes the wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres compliments of the Atlantic City Country Club, music by the Eddie Morgan Trio, and the art show.  In addition to the complimentary appetizers, the Tap Room Bar and Grille at the Atlantic City Country Club will offer a cash bar and cash dinner options.

Tropicana Casino and Resort will host the Action Martial Arts 12th Annual Hall of Honors & “Academy Awards of Martial Arts” event on January 20 & 21, 2012 in the Grand Exhibition Center. The world’s largest gathering of Martial Arts & MMA Superstars, film & combat celebrities, and renowned masters from around the world once again gather, to meet, greet and share with the thousands who congregate from around the globe. The event is presented by Action Martial Arts Magazine and Master Alan Goldberg.


Commonly termed “The Academy Awards of Martial Arts,” this combined event is listed as both the largest single Banquet Gala in Atlantic City and the world’s largest assembly of martial arts celebrities, champions, suppliers and movers and shakers in martial arts industry. For the twelfth year in a row, it will be held at the world-famous Tropicana Casino & Resort. Two days of seminars will be presented by THE BEST of The BEST and on these two days.


Exhibits open on Friday, January 20 from 10:00 am – 4 p.m., and Saturday, January 21, from 8:00 am – 3:30 p.m. and will include over 85 vendor booths, an Action Film Fest, a Martial Arts business conference, and two martial arts tournaments. Thousands showed up last year don’t be left out. A small sampling of featured guests include Frank Shamrock (UFC ), Cynthia Rothrock, Chuck Zito (HBO’s Oz), Don (the Dragon) Wilson, Bill (Superfoot) Wallace, Dan Severn (UFC), Phil Morris (Mission Impossible &  Seinfeld ), Hank Garrett, (Car 54 - Where are You) and  over 20 additional superstars.  A two-day inclusive pass is $39 and available through