A Shore Tradition” of community service and volunteerism continues as the 2013 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer kicks off volunteer recruitment for the 2013 event. Returning to the famed Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, Monday, May 27 through June 2, the ongoing success of the tournament depends heavily on the dedication of nearly 1,000 volunteers needed to support a wide range of tournament operations.    Whether they are inside the ropes or helping behind the scenes, the volunteers are the heart and soul of our tournament and its positive impact on the region,” said Tim Erensen, Executive Director of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. “Each and every one of our volunteers plays a major role in making the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer a world class sporting event, and one of South Jersey’s largest contributors to critical non-profit community organizations."   With the on-going support of AtlantiCare — the Official Sponsor of the Volunteer Program — the tournament has again assembled a valuable volunteer package. Each volunteer is required to purchase a $40 Official Volunteer Package which includes one official volunteer golf shirt; choice of hat or visor; free parking and entrance into the tournament all week; two Good Any Day Grounds tickets to give away to family or friends; breakfast and lunch during days worked; and for those working a minimum of three shifts, a round of golf on the tournament course for just one $25 cart fee.   We’re pleased to partner with the ShopRite LPGA Classic, as it continues this wonderful event that helps so many in our community – including the children in our community who benefit from AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Initiative," said Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare, and president, CEO, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. “The Classic’s tradition of making a difference in our community mirrors AtlantiCare’s commitment to building healthy communities.”   Registration is open to the public, and special programs are available for groups such as high school teams, clubs and community organizations. To register online, visit www.ShopRiteLPGAClassic.com. For questions about volunteering, contact Tournament Coordinator Bill Hansen at bill@shopritelpgaclassic.com or call 609.798.0222 x12.    

The Wildwoods Convention Center will once again host Cheer Tech National Cheerleading Championships for two weekends in March: the Cheer Tech National Recreation and School Championships on Sunday, March 3 and the Mid-Atlantic National Cheerleading and Dance Championships on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10.

These entertaining and exciting events will include recreation, high school, collegiate, open and all-star divisions, featuring teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. All teams will compete on a 54’ by 42’ spring floor and perform amazing aerial and acrobatic feats in hopes of winning the judges’ votes. All performances will be choreographed to music and sound effects. The winning teams will be awarded trophies and banners.

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Competition begins at 9 a.m. daily. Admission prices per day are $15 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under and FREE for children 3 and under.

Cheer Tech will also return to the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday, April 13 for the Elite Cheer Championship ‘Shore Show Down’ and on Sunday, April 14 for the ‘Beast of the East’ Cheerleading Competition.  

For additional information about Cheer Tech events, call 866-52-CHEER or visit www.SpiritBrands.org.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.


And the award goes to… Demetrios Haronis, just named “Chef of the Year” by the Professional Chef’s Association of South Jersey. Haronis is Director of Culinary Operations at Tropicana Casino & Resort, where he oversees all of the resort’s dining options.

The Professional Chef’s Association (PCA) of South Jersey is the local branch of the American Culinary Federation, the largest and most prestigious chefs’ organization in America. Each year, the PCA considers hundreds of chef candidates throughout southern New Jersey for the “Chef of the Year” honor.

Winners must demonstrate professionalism, camaraderie, education and excellence in the culinary field. They must also be actively involved in the PCA’s events and charitable initiatives.

Haronis joined Tropicana as a sous-chef in 1994. Over the following 16 years, he worked his way through all of Tropicana’s onsite restaurants, gaining invaluable experience and honing his culinary skills. In 2010, he was named Executive Chef of FIN, Tropicana’s prime seafood and steak dining experience.

Together with Tropicana, Haronis adopted a cooking philosophy that spotlights New Jersey food and wine, using local and sustainable ingredients. This past summer, Demetrios' showcasing of the Garden State led him to the Governor's Mansion in Princeton were he was named New Jersey's Top Seafood Chef at the Jersey State Seafood Challenge. His win qualified him to represent and show off Jersey Fresh Seafood on a national level in New Orleans at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. At FIN, Haronis has combined his Mediterranean heritage with the freshest local seafood available to create a unique menu of imaginative coastal cuisine. Under his guidance, FIN not only earned a multitude of fans, but numerous awards and accolades including a coveted Zagat rating. His success at FIN led to another promotion to his current role as Director of Culinary Operations.

“I am truly honored to receive this special recognition,” Haronis said. “I love problem solving, the large volume of guests we accommodate, and the diverse nationalities we come in contact with.  Every day there is something new to see and learn.” 

“We at the Tropicana have always been very proud of our food and beverage program and the professionalism that Chef Demetrios and his staff display every day.  With this win against all the wonderful chefs in South Jersey, we know the rest of the culinary community feels the same way,” said Ray Bertschy, Vice President of Food and Beverage at Tropicana.


On Saturday, March 9, 2013, in the Xanadu Theater at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, The Darwish Brothers, Hani and Wally, of Extreme Fighting Championships will proudly present EFC "Relentless", a full-contact night of high-intensity MMA action, featuring many of the New Jersey area's brightest new stars. 
In the night's main event, Bloomfield, New Jersey's undefeated Fabian "The Baby Face Killer" Rosario (6-0) will defend his EFC Welterweight Championship against Danny "Massacre" Massa (2-2) of Westchester Fight Club in New Rochelle, New York. 

The extremely popular 20-year-old Rosario, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has very strong submission skills and ever-improving striking. Westchester Fight Club's Massa is an excellent stand-up fighter who also enjoys an immense following of fans. The 22-year-old is an action fighter who never disappoints. 

Tickets for "The Darwish Brothers Presents EFC: Relentless" are priced at $45, $55, $65, $75, $100 and $125 Cageside and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Trump Taj Mahal box office on fight night. Doors open at 7 pm and the first bout is at 8 pm. All bouts subject to change. 

The Sensational Soul Cruisers, a New Jersey favorite, and Philadelphia-based FM Band will entertain nearly 1,000 guests at the 30thAnniversary Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 14, at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.

The Sensational Soul Cruisers, who energized the dance floor during the 2012 Restaurant Gala, feature four soulful vocalists who pay homage to performers like Otis Redding, Barry White, the Commodores and more. The Soul Cruisers, who will be located in the Grand Ballroom, will entertain guests with several costume changes and traditional show band choreography. 

The FM Band will make their Restaurant Gala debut in the Ocean Ballroom at the 2013 event. This high-energy band has entertained the tri-state region with seven decades of music that spans the FM dial.

The Ocean City Pops will perform during the Gala cocktail reception in the Traymore Ballroom and pianist Lenny Mitchell will entertain guests as they meander through the “Dessert Extravaganza,” located in the atrium.

 With the theme, “Celebrate the 30 kNights,” the Gala promises to be the region’s premier fundraiser, and will feature Camelot-inspired decor, ice sculptures and a sumptuous feast.

The annual progressive dining experience celebrates food by highlighting spectacular hors d’oeuvres prepared by Academy of Culinary Arts students and showcasing the specialties of more than 50 of the best restaurants in South Jersey and Philadelphia.

The event has raised nearly $3 million for scholarships since 1984. All Gala proceeds benefit student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations. For ticket and sponsor information, contact Carrie Leahy at (609) 463-4672, cleahy@atlantic.edu or visit www.atlantic.edu/gala.