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Texas Tenors Ride into Borgata; Stockton Opens Center; Stockton Also Rings in Orangutan Expert’

Lou Perri

Thursday, August 30, 2012 • 1:55pm

The Texas Tenors will combine musical forces with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony to create an unforgettable night blending opera with country, pop, show tunes and classical music on Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m. at the Symphony’s Annual Gala at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

“The Texas Tenors are eclectic and contagious,” said Bay-Atlantic Symphony music director Jed Gaylin. “We are so excited to bring this combination of talent and music to the southern New Jersey region. Not only do they capture the heart of Americans, they are also performers of the highest level.”

The Texas Tenors – NBC reality show America’s Got Talent superstars – consist of Marcus Collins, J.C. Fisher and John Hagen, each of whom bring a unique tenor experience to the group. Collins provides a contemporary pop voice and boyish charm and humor. Fisher brings his country voice, with experience in Italian opera and gospel music as well. Hagen is known for his rich tenor voice and has performed numerous operatic and symphonic works around the country.

“We are so blessed and honored to perform with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Their involvement and deep ties in their community bring a powerful, musical message to people. We are thrilled to making our Atlantic City debut with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at the beautiful Borgata,” said J.C. Fisher of The Texas Tenors.

The unique collaboration of Classic and Country also presents an opportunity for the Bay-Atlantic symphony to broaden their listening audience. “We are always looking for ways to bring the gift and appreciation of music to an ever-broadening audience,” said Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s executive director Paul Herron. “For those who might otherwise not consider going to see a symphony concert, the collaboration with The Texas Tenors brings the performance to a whole new level – and audience.”

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony focuses involvement in the four county communities (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester).  They provide music education for children and adults, bring international soloists and performers to Southern New Jersey, and produce the highest quality performances.

2012 marks the fifth annual gala concert hosted by he Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Tickets are $65 and $50 and are available by calling (866) 900-4849. Ticket prices are subsidized by a generous grant from the PNC Arts Alive grant program; and all proceeds from all ticket sales support the Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s community and educational programs.

For more information on the Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s concerts and programs, please call the Symphony at (856) 451-1169, visit their website at www.bayatlanticsymphony.org  or visit them on Facebook.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is calling all fans to pick, win, and cash in again this football season by bringing back its Pick The Pros® football challenge, awarding over $1,000,000 in cash and Bonus SLOT DOLLARS® over the 17-week 2012 pro schedule.

Borgata will give away a total of $60,000 per week in prizes, including $20,000 in cash ($10,000 guaranteed top prize) to those entrants with the most correct picks, as well as $40,000 in Bonus SLOT DOLLARS® awarded in random drawings to 1,000 winners each week.

“Borgata is excited to bring back Boyd Gaming’s Pick The Pros® for the upcoming football season,” said Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. “Building on what was an extremely successful promotion last year, this season’s challenge offers more weekly prize money and guarantees even more winners the opportunity to cash in.” 

Starting Monday, September 3, 2012, and running through Monday, January 1, 2013, participants will have the opportunity to enter their picks via a touchscreen selection at any of the four Pick The Pros® kiosks located at the My Borgata Center and near Gypsy Bar. All My Borgata Cardholders will have the ability to make one entry daily with up to seven free entries per week. Participants will also have the option of using a Quickpicks button, which automatically makes the selections randomly.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will officially mark the opening of its new Manahawkin, Ocean County Educational Center with a ribbon cutting and reception on September 13.

The public is cordially invited to attend the event at the new facility, located at 712 Bay Avenue in Manahawkin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

The facility brings Stockton’s quality and affordable educational offerings to Ocean County for the first time.  “We’re very excited to plant roots in Ocean County, consistently one of our strongest counties in terms of enrollment,” Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp said. “With the opening of the Manahawkin site, Ocean County students will have the opportunity to enroll in the same high quality Stockton courses—yet closer to home—while pursuing their Stockton degree."

A listing of courses and additional information is available online by visiting www.stockton.edu/manahawkin.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey also announced it will play host to a free lecture by Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas, world expert on orangutans, on Friday September 28.

Dr. Galdikas, subject of national media attention for her research and field work with these fascinating animals, will present the talk, “Endangered Orangutans and Disappearing Rain Forest in Borneo” which is free and open to the public.

The event will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center Theatre on September 28.  A reception follows the talk.

The event is part of a schedule of events presented by Orangutan Foundation International, which also includes a fundraiser at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point on Saturday, September 29, and a brunch on September 30.

For more information and ticketing for the fundraiser and brunch, please e-mail ofioffice@gmail.com

Tropicana  Casino and Resort announced the promotion of industry veteran Steve Callender to the position of General Manager. Callender will oversee all business operations at the destination resort.

Since late 2010, Callender has served as senior vice president of casino operations for Tropicana. A graduate of Glassboro State College (now RowanUniversity), he started his extensive Atlantic City gaming career path as a dealer at Resorts, when that first Atlantic City casino debuted in 1978.

Over the next decade, he steadily worked his way up the ranks at Resorts to assume the role of vice president of casino operations, before making the jump to the Atlantic City Hilton as its casino manager. Callender continued to build his resume as the senior vice president of table operations at Bally's Atlantic City, where he played an instrumental role in melding the Claridge Casino into the Bally’s brand. Following that task, Callender came full circle back to Resorts as its senior vice president of operations for four years.

“Steve has been a strong player in the gaming industry for years and will be an invaluable asset as general manager” said Tony Rodio, Chief Executive Officer of Tropicana Entertainment Inc., who has been serving as acting general manager for Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City. “He has the skills and the vision to successfully guide Tropicana into the next era.”

 

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