Gala Surpasses Financial Goal for Atlantic City Youth Programs

Feature photo of Atlantic City’s First Family: Dr. La’Quetta Small, Marty Small, Jr., Mayor Marty Small, Sr. and Jada Small. Photo by Meredith Winner, of Mer-Made Photography

ATLANTIC CITY – More than 700 attendees celebrated Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr.’s inauguration at his “Together We Rise” Inaugural Gala, held at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4.

Tickets to the high-profile charity fundraiser sold out, and an after party featured a special guest appearance by nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist Mary J. Blige.

While Mayor Small had announced a goal of raising $500,000 with the gala, that target was exceeded, with the charity event raising over $536,000 for several Atlantic City youth organizations. One hundred percent of the gala’s proceeds went to the Greater Atlantic City Youth Association, Inc., a non-profit that will provide the funds to the Atlantic City Dolphins, Atlantic City Police Athletic League, Boys & Girls of Club of Atlantic City, Empowerment Tools Coalition, and Omega by the Sea Foundation.

The black-tie gala kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony including the mayor, his family, and executives from Harrah’s Resort, which was followed by a red carpet entrance for VIPs, local dignitaries, celebrity guests and members of the community. 

See photos and stories of those attending the gala on FRNJ Extra’s special coverage here.   

Joe Lodise, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Caesars Atlantic City; John Koster, Caesars Entertainment Regional President; First Lady Dr. La’Quetta Small; Marty Small, Jr.; Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr.; Jada Small. Photo by Meredith Winner, Mer-Made Photography

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