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Miss Night in Venice 2016 Kristina Sweeney (center) with her court, Jenna Syed, Victoria Bonino, Abby Brennan and Julia Hansen.

OCEAN CITY — Those interested in participating in the 2017 Miss Night in Venice contest may reach out to Sue Doll at 609-425-5708 for more information. Contestants must be at least 15 years old. The contestant who raises the most funds for local philanthropic organizations will be crowned Miss NIV and will lead the boat parade during this summer’s Night in Venice ceremony, Ocean City’s annual evening boat celebration along the bayfront. All contestants will ride on a boat with the pageant winner in the parade, which is set for Saturday, July 22.

Organizers also seek local philanthropic organizations interested in being a beneficiary of the contest. Those interested should send a letter before May 1 to the Miss NIV Committee, c/c Alice Wolf, Treasurer, P.O. Box 433, Ocean City, New Jersey, 08226.