Annual Scholarship Gala Set for April 28 at Borgata

Legacy Band

Galloway, N.J. - Stockton University’s 38th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala will be held on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

Net proceeds raised through the event support the Stockton University Foundation Benefit Gala Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provided more than $112,000 in scholarships to over 100 students last year.

“Students always come first at Stockton, but many would not be able to afford college without support from the community,” said President Harvey Kesselman.  “Almost nine of every 10 students at Stockton receive some type of financial aid.  The generosity of our donors makes it possible for our students to graduate, prosper and give back to their own communities in the future.”

Christooher MacchioA wine and champagne reception will start the evening before a special performance by Christopher Macchio, a gifted tenor, who will perform timeless classics from artists like Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, and Frank Sinatra.

Following Macchio’s performance, guests will enjoy a strolling reception with a mouthwatering menu featuring hors d’oeuvres, pasta and salad stations, chef attended carving and action stations, decadent desserts, a three-hour open bar and entertainment.

Prepare to pack the dance floor as nine-piece party band Legacy takes the stage with a high-energy performance of party classics and hits. Capture the fun with photos at our interactive photo booth. 

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has committed to be a primary partner for this year’s event and has agreed to match the first $10,000 raised through the auction. Bid on signature items and experiences, or take a chance at the Tito’s Spirit Grab, Designer Handbag & Jewelry Raffle, 50/50 raffle and more!

Dolce Hotels & Resorts and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 351 have signed on as Chairs’ Circle sponsors.

Other top sponsors include: ACUA; AtlantiCare; Avalon Flooring; Azeez Foundation; Barberio and Rich Financial Services; Bonnie D. Putterman, Esq; Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers; Capaldi Pelosi & Reynolds; Chartwells; Cooper Levenson; Mr. & Mrs. Tony Coppola Dr. Howard and Gayle Gross; FantaSea Resorts; Follett Higher Education Group; Fox Rothschild; Fulton Bank of New Jersey; Glenn Insurance; Hard Rock Casino & Hotel; Kramer Beverage; Local Union #322 Plumbers & Pipefitters; Marathon Engineering & Environmental Services; Michelle Lenzmeier Keates, Janney; Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters & Carpenters Local 255; Pennoni; Pennsylvania Trust; Pepsi Beverage Company; Quantum Capital Management; Resorts Atlantic City; Rothman Institute; Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr; Shore Medical Center; SOSH Architects; South Jersey Industries; Tito's Handmade Vodka; and Townsquare Media.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available. Contact Alicia McMackin '03, assistant director of events and engagement, at 609 652-4861.

Tickets are $250 per person and may be obtained at

For those who can’t attend but would like to make a donation, please visit

Since 2007 the Benefit Gala has added more than $3.8 million to the endowment in support of student scholarships. The endowment is a part of the Foundation, which has grown its net assets from $3 million in 2003 to nearly $35 million today. More than $700,000 was awarded by the Foundation to deserving students this year.


Diane D’Amico

Director of News and Media Relations

Galloway, N.J. 08205