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Tropicana Hosts Patriotic Fundraiser; Register for the Philly Marathon now

Boogie Nights- The 70s and 80s Dance Club at the Tropicana Casino & Resort will be rolling out the neon carpet on Thursday, October 4th from 7-9pm for a groovy patriotic fundraiser benefiting Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA and Wounded Warrior Project. 

Approximately twenty Wounded Warriors who have sacrificed so much to serve our country will attend the event, providing the opportunity for guests to meet these American heroes.  In addition, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve will present the prestigious Seven Seals Award to Disabled Sports USA for their outstanding support, commitment and extreme patriotism to the United States Military. 

Hors d’oeuvres and drink specials will be provided along with the funky dance tunes Boogie Nights is known for.  Radio personalities from Kool 98.3 will host the event in support of the cause.  Tickets are $20 at the door and attendees are encouraged to stay when the doors open to the public at 9:30pm at no additional charge.  Military are also welcome to take advantage of Tropicana’s year round military discount of 15% off hotel stays and $2 off IMAX tickets Monday – Friday

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“We are excited for the opportunity to work with such a great organization and support such a wonderful cause.  We hope that this event will be an eye-opener to just how much service members sacrifice when serving our country,” says Steve Callender, General Manager of the Tropicana Casino & Resort.  “These veterans should be an inspiration to us all.”

The following morning, these wounded veterans will be participating in the 2nd Annual Atlantic County Wounded Warrior/Warfighter Sports Golf Fundraising event at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links in Egg Harbor Township. The tournament has an 8am shotgun start.

To purchase tickets in advance for the event at Boogie Nights or to register for the golf outing at McCullough’s Emerald Links visit www.wisercharitable.org or call Donna Clementoni at (410) 812-6677

With nearly two months left to the start, the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon is expected to reach the highest registration capacity in its 19-year-history.

 

More than 25,000 race competitors have registered to participate in the Philadelphia Marathon Half Marathon and Rothman Institute 8K in November on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Registration opened in April and is now ahead of the record-setting registration total set in 2011.

Race organizers are not surprised by the banner pace based on the race’s steady growth in recent years.

"The high registration numbers at this point in the process is a testament of how popular our race has become," said Melanie Johnson, Executive Director of the Marathon. "We've made a commitment to expanding the race experience for our participants. Watching our event grow has been very gratifying. With our current registration numbers on pace to exceed 2011's record, it gives more reason to deliver an unforgettable time for our runners, race partners, volunteers and spectators."

Johnson added that race organizers have enhanced the athletic experience through collaborations with hotels, restaurants, charitable groups, businesses and government organizations to create a true community event.

"The partnerships with these valuable entities have helped turn our event and city into a destination place showcasing Philadelphia's best offerings,” she said.

Even though spaces are filling up for many of the races, there still are attractive options for those runners interested in shorter distances through the Rothman Institute 8K and -- for the younger members in the family – the Kids Fun Run – both on Saturday, November 17. The Rothman Institute 8K offers newcomers a race that is challenging yet not overwhelming.

"The Rothman Institute 8K is a great introduction to an endurance race," said Johnson. "Runners can register with a friend to experience a unique race-day atmosphere, but without the total commitment required for a long-distance competition of 13.1 or 26.2 miles."

In addition, the Kids Fun Run offers a non-competitive event that focuses on the fun of running and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The race follows Mayor Michael A. Nutter's stated goal to take aggressive measures to overcome youth obesity. Before or after the Kids Fun Run, children and their families can bond and have fun by engaging in face painting activities, arts and crafts, and even an obstacle course. 

No matter what distance, participants have another incentive to register. Recently, the Philadelphia Marathon and Generocity formed a partnership to help race competitors and fans support their favorite charity. Generocity is an online platform designed to connect people, businesses and charitable causes in the Philadelphia region. Race participants can choose a fund-raising goal to raise money and awareness for a charity of their choice. This year, the Philadelphia Marathon is partnering with 34 charities that help support causes such as finding the cure for disease, inspiring people to reach their fitness goals and ensuring the sustainability of the environment. For more information visit http://www.generocity.org/philadelphia-marathon.

Current registration for the Philadelphia Marathon is $125; $100 for the Half Marathon; $45 for the Rothman Institute 8K and $15 for the Kids Fun Run. Prospective race participants are encouraged to sign-up soon. Register today and experience Running's Best Host City™ at www.philadelphiamarathon.com.

Tropicana is participating in the 11th Annual Lights for the Cure event, lighting its skyline pink in observation of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Through October 31st, Trop will light the cupola at the top of its Havana Tower as well as the cupola of the Quarter on Pacific Avenue.  In addition, it will also light its interior fountains pink. 

The Lights for the Cure campaign, coordinated by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and CBS 3’s “Women of Eye Witness News,” serves a salute to the thousands of brave breast cancer survivors in the region.  It is also a reminder to remain vigilant in the fight.

Stockton College is now offering “Foodie Tuesdays”, a foodie learning adventure that takes place in Hammonton on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

The next event takes place on Tuesday, Oct 16, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hammonton Arts Center,  219 Bellevue Avenue, as instructor Anthony Dissen, explores “Eating Local: How Being a ‘Locavore’ Helps Local Economic Development, Our Health and Our Pocketbooks.”

Following the discussion, a delicious Locavore special dinner of fresh, local foods will be served at Annata’s Wine Bar, just across the street from the Arts Center. Registration for the lecture, discussion and dinner is $35 per person. Register with a friend for only $30 per person.

Registration is limited. Call Stockton College Continuing Studies to reserve your seat, 609-652-4227, or register online atwww.stockton.edu/cs, then go to “Browse All Courses”. Additional information on the event and the series is available by calling 609-652-4227.

A seminal sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly (American, b. 1923) is newly installed in the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Entitled Curve I (1973), the work is one of the first outdoor sculptures Kelly made after moving to the New York countryside in the 1970s, marking the beginning of an especially prolific period in his career.  Originating from the image of a flattened paper cup, Curve I is the result of the artist’s abstracting vision—simplifying an object that has captured his interest into a formalized geometric composition of carefully calibrated size and contours, both curved and straight. Kelly states, “The most pleasurable thing in the world, for me, is to see something, and then to translate how I see it.” This sculpture is a product of the artist’s translation, reflecting the purity, flatness, and refined proportions that have come to characterize the artist’s work.

Hovering just above the ground, Curve I is one of the few sculptures Kelly created to be displayed horizontally. Similar to Claes Oldenburg’s nearby Giant Three-Way Plug (Cube Tap)(1970), it is made of weathering steel. The surface of this industrial material oxidizes over time, developing a rust-red patina that has invested Curve I with subtlety and richness.

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