The Schultz-Hill Foundation supports arts and history endeavors throughout the Atllantic City area with its Sept. 24 fundraiser featuring Julie Budd.
ATLANTIC CITY — It’s a partnership that has become almost legendary in Atlantic City — John Schultz and Gary Hill.
Schultz, a former city councilman, and Hill have together put their stamp on everything from the city’s nightlife to civic organizations such as the Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association and dozens of charities around the area. In fact, it’s really not that easy to find a charity or civic board one of the two doesn’t sit on.
So when singer Julie Budd performs at Resorts Casino Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 24, for a benefit concert, it’s hardly surprising to find the Schultz-Hill name stamped on the event.
In this case, it’s the Schultz-Hill Foundation, a group the partners formed to promote arts and history education throughout South Jersey.
And when Budd, an accomplished singer from the New York stage, presents An Evening of Gershwin on the Boardwalk, she’ll be carrying on a tradition that started in 2003, thanks mainly to singer Michael Feinstein.
No, we’re not mixing up our New York singers. But the foundation’s traditional fundraisers are connected to Feinstein who is a pivotal factor in its founding.
“We started [the foundation] because we were stupid,” laughs Hill in a telephone interview with Atlantic City Weekly. “But actually, when we sold our [nightclub] business in 2003 we got a big write up in the local media, and we announced we were forming this foundation. But it takes about a year or so just to get all the paperwork done and set it up so we hadn’t made many plans for it.
“But Michael Feinstein, the singer, and who’s a great friend of ours, saw it and called us. He said he would do whatever he could to help us and suggested a benefit. And then he says he can bring his friend [singer] Linda Eder with him.
“So I’m like, ‘Great, now I have an event to plan!’ But really it was a great start for us and it started a series of events,” says Hill. “We usually have one a year, give or take, and they have allowed us to do some wonderful things.”
Among the programs run by the non-profit foundation is support of scholarships for arts students, sponsorship of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, grants for education programs at Cape May’s Historic Cold Spring Village, support of groups such as the Ocean City Theater Co. and sponsoring field trips for Atlantic City students to sites such as the Atlantic City Aquarium.
ATLANTIC CITY — There was still a month to go before her first Atlantic City performance in more than a decade, but Julie Budd was already in full worry mode. She was already fretting about everything: Had she picked the right music? Would her wardrobe be appropriate? Who would be the stage manager? Would the sound and lighting be perfect? Did she choose the right musicians. “I stay up nights worrying about stuff that most people would say, ‘Julie, just go to sleep,’” she says with a laugh. “But I get embarrassed if I’m not known for quality.” It’s that meticulous attention to detail — combined with a sparkling, disciplined and mesmerizing voice...
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As in previous years, the Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association (MBCA) Winter luncheon kickoff event at Resorts in Atlantic City featured a keynote address — an unofficial state of the city address — by Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford.
Mixing with the MBCA One of the great little perks of membership in Atlantic City’s Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association (MBCA) is attending the group’s mixers and luncheons. The events — such as the MBCA’s annual Summer Mixer coming up Tuesday, Aug. 17, at The Chelsea — travel around the city and highlight some of the best restaurants, casino rooms and venues in the city. “We do like to rotate the events around to our members,” says Gary Hill, spokesman for the MBCA. “We want to spread the business around.” The Summer Mixer, from 5-7:30pm will be held on The Chelsea’s 5th floor and pool area. The event is the main fundraiser for the MBCA’s scholarship fund. “We’ve given out more than $90,000 in scholarships to area students and teachers,” Hill says. “This event is where most of the funding comes from.” The mixer includes a silent and Chinese auction, hors d’oeuvres, a noodle bar, and music. For a pretty impressive list of auction items, go to mbcanj.com. Tickets for the event are $35 for members,...
John Schultz is quick to point out that the Brass Rail, a 12-seat bar sited off a one-way side street in midtown Atlantic City, was not the catalyst to what was once a thriving social scene for the area’s gay community. That existed long before he purchased the bar in 1971, he says.
The show was created in the early 1990s by former Atlantic City Councilman John Schultz and his partner, Gary Hill, and held at their old Studio Six nightclub, once considered the epicenter for gay life in Atlantic City.
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