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The Stockton University Foundation will hold its Scholarship Benefit Gala on April 20, which returns for the third year in a row to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. 

“This year’s gala holds special significance as we celebrate the historic inauguration of Dr. Joe Bertolino as the sixth president of Stockton University, while also underscoring the critical importance of supporting student scholarships,” said Brigid Harrison, Stockton University Foundation board chair. “Scholarship assistance is essential in providing deserving students with the resources they need to pursue their academic goals.” 

The event will feature activities led by students and faculty, live music by Philly’s Finest, networking opportunities, fabulous raffles and more – all while supporting scholarships for Stockton students. 

Student- and faculty-led experiences include the opportunity for guests to: 

  • Help create an original work of art with the assistance of Art students and faculty. 
  • Taste and discover how Stockton is growing local maple syrup production. 
  • See how students can turn a passion for esports into a career. 
  • Interact with professors and students as they share the science behind making homemade sherbet. 
  • Learn some tricks of the trade as our Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management students lend insight on what pairs well with food. 
  • Enjoy small bites and learn what’s new on the 1.5-acre student run Sustainability Farm. 

Net proceeds benefit scholarships for Stockton students. Since its founding, the event has raised more than $5 million. 

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City is the event’s top sponsor. 

“Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City is proud to sponsor Stockton University Scholarship Benefit Gala. Having the opportunity to meet some of this year’s recipients was incredibly rewarding,” stated George Goldhoff, president of Hard Rock Atlantic City. 

“Partnering with Stockton for this important cause allows Hard Rock to give back to our community and support education. It’s truly inspiring to witness the impact this event has on these remarkable students.”  

Other top sponsors include International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 351. the Stockton University Foundation Board of Directors, the Azeez Foundation, Cooper Levenson, Dr. Howard and Gayle Gross, SOSH Architects, Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters and Local 255, Marathon Engineering & Environmental Services, Pepsi and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  

For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, go to or contact Alicia Trombley, associate director of Development, at 609-652-4861.  

Photo Caption: Stockton University President Joe Bertolino works with students to make homemade sherbet at last year’s foundation gala. The 2024 gala on April 20 will celebrate Bertolino’s inauguration as president and raise funds for student scholarships. – Photo courtesy of Stockton University.