Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County crowned in Ventnor

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Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County crowned in Ventnor

VENTNOR—The crowning of Miss Columbus Day, Courtney Charatsaris of Totowa and Miss Atlantic County, 19 year-old Lindsey Giannini of Hammonton Sunday at the VECC capped a weekend of events for the Columbus Day Committee.

Commemorating the Italian explorer’s arrival in the new world on October 12, 1492 has been a federal holiday since 1937. The Columbus Day Committee was organized in 1939 and has been a sponsor of Miss Atlantic City and Miss Columbus Day scholarship pageants for more than 50 years. The committee also honored three community members with the annual Christopher Columbus awards. Pinky Kravitz won the Christopher Columbus Distinguished Service Award; George K. Miller was the Christopher Columbus Humanitarian Award and JoAnne Rando Fairfield was awarded the Board of Trustees Award. Saturday activities also included a mass at St. Michael’s in Atlantic City and a parade on the boardwalk.

The auditorium at the VECC was filled with family, friends and other title holders from around the state who all share the same enthusiasm of nine women on the stage to someday have a chance to represent their home state in the Miss America pageant as 2012 winner, Lindsey Petrosh will do in January.

The young ladies vie for the two titles but also for scholarships and endorsements. The winners each receive $1,000 in scholarships from A. Rando Bakery and the Ferriozzi family, a modeling scholarship from McCullough Models, commercial scholarship from Weist Barron-Ryan School of TV Acting, a gift certificate for personal training and a gift certificate to Rue Royal Couture. There are also awards given for winners in each of the categories; interview, swimsuit/healthy living, talent, evening gown and the people’s choice award.  

The ladies brought their talent Sunday and provided the crowd with solid entertainment. From Myra McCann’s Irish step dance to Kelcie Klaus rendition of “The Entertainer” on the piano to Jennifer Taylor’s play on Tom Cruise “Risky Business” dance with “Old Time Rock and Roll,” the afternoon proved to be a lot of fun.

The girls don’t just come to show off their talent or their wardrobe, they all have to have a dedicated platform they are committed to serve. Myra McCann’s platform is to help involve people with special needs in all aspects of the community. Savanna Kennelly organized “Friends at Heart.” They recently raised more than $2,000 for a friend diagnosed with cancer. Brooke Craver is hoping to drum up more volunteers to lend a hand in the community. Courtney Charatsaris is involved with Care 4 a Cure and Lindsey Giannini is very involved in the “Don’t Text and Drive” program and recently was asked to work with the AT&T “It Can Wait” program to discourage distracted driving.

Miss New Jersey and outgoing Miss Atlantic County, Lindsey Petrosh made a mad dash across the state to make it to the pageant from a parade in Seaside. She thanked the committee and all the volunteers for a wonderful year as Miss Atlantic County and said that even with her German and Czech background she said “I feel so lucky to have joined the wonderful Italian family, the Consalvo’s who work so hard to make everyone feel welcome.” The Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County pageant is organized annually by the Bonnie Blue Foundation that is headed by Rosanna Consalvo Sarto, Giuietta Consalvo, Giovanna Consalvo Spina and Gennaro Consalvo.

Charatsaris and Giannini will vie for the Miss New Jersey crown in June in Ocean City for the chance of making it to the Miss America stage the following January. To learn more about the pageant visit thebonniebluefoundation.org

Photos by Suzanne Marino

Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County crowned in Ventnor Amy Phillips, Miss Cape Shore Outstanding Teen, 15, of Seaville; along with Sandra Okuboyejo, 16, of Vineland, Miss Coastal Shore Outstanding Teen; Miss South Shore Outstanding Teen, 16-year-old Alyssa Sullivan of Cape May Court House, and 7-year-old Miss Eastern Shore Tiny Princess, Katy Wetzel were all headed at the VECC Sunday afternoon to support the dual title Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County pageant contestants.   Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County crowned in Ventnor   Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County crowned in Ventnor

Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County crowned in Ventnor  

Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County crowned in Ventnor Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County crowned in Ventnor  

Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County crowned in Ventnor  

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Miss Columbus Day and Miss Atlantic County crowned in Ventnor

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