Ocean City Events, edition of Feb. 20, 2013

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Ocean City Chamber awards and Board of Directors installation dinner

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Citizen of the Year and Business Beautification Awards Dinner, which had been postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, has been rescheduled and is being combined the chamber’s annual Board of Directors installation dinner Thursday, Feb. 21 at Greate Bay Country Club.

The Citizen of the Year award had been renamed, Citizen of the Decade, and will be presented to Ocean City publicist Mark Soifer, 20 years after he was named Citizen of the Year. 

The Business Renovation/Improvement Award will be presented to Stainton’s and Peace, Love and Yogurt.

Dunkin’ Donuts and Yogurtland will be awarded the Outstanding Landscaping/Signage Award.

Sunoco 34th Street and the Route 52 causeway will receive the Business New Construction Award.

Ocean City Parasail/Pirate Voyages and Yianni’s on the Boardwalk will be awarded the Outstanding Business Award.

The Outstanding New Business Award will be presented to Heritage Surf Shop on the Boardwalk and Yoasis located in downtown Ocean City.

Cricket Box will be presented with the Outstanding Service to the Community Award.

This year’s Outstanding Civic, Community, Non-Profit Organization Award will be presented to The Ocean City Fire Department and the Ocean City Halloween Parade.

Tackle Direct will be awarded for Outstanding Use of Technology for their website.

The Environmentally Friendly Award will be presented to Jilly’s.

Additionally, two special awards will be presented; one to Henry’s who is celebrating 40 years in business and one to the Forum who is celebrating 50 years in business. 

For dinner reservations or to congratulate the winners in the program book, call 399-1412.

OCHS surf scholarship fundraiser

Ocean City High School surf team will host a scholarship fundraiser 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Greate Bay Country Club, 901 Mays Landing Road in Somers Point. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and include food, raffles, door prizes and dancing. For more information, call Herb Godfrey at 425-4188 or Charlie Bowman at 399-9463.

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic Triathlon/Duathlon

The annual CONTACT Cape-Atlantic Triathlon/Duathlon awards ceremony will take place 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, 18th Street and Simpson Avenue, Ocean City. The triathlon is a fundraiser for CONTACT Cape-Atlantic, a non-profit volunteer group that makes daily telephone reassurance calls to the elderly and disabled in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Miss CMC Princess Pageant

The annual Miss Cape May County Princess Pageant is seeking contestants in kindergarten through 12 years old. The pageant will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at St. John Lutheran Church, 10th Street and Central Avenue in Ocean City. Girls will need a 90-second talent routine. There will be three crowns awarded in this group depending on the ages. For more information and an application, call Betty Pruitt at 390-0860 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   before Feb. 1 with name, address, phone number and contestant’s grade and age.

Outstanding Teen contestant search

The Miss Cape May County Board of Directors is seeking girls ages 13 to 16 to compete in the Miss Cape May County and Miss Cape Resort Outstanding Teen Pageant on March 9. The pageant will be held at the St. John Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 10th Street and Central Avenue in Ocean City. There will be a rehearsal 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 8 and an orientation 3 p.m. Feb. 24, both at the church. The contest will consist of a 6-minute judges’ interview, a fitness routine (to be learned at rehearsal), 90-second talent presentation, and evening wear with an on-stage question. Two crowns will be awarded: one to a Cape May County resident and one to a resident of any county in New Jersey.   The winners will travel with the current Miss Cape May County and Miss Cape Resort to several appearances and compete in the Miss New Jersey Outstanding Teen pageant in January 2014. For more information and an application contact Betty Pruitt at 609-390-0860 or Gina Campbell 609-287-4248, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Feb. 1 with name, full address, phone number, school, grade and age.

Peggy King named Doo Dah grand marshal

“Perky” Peggy King of Philadelphia, who starred on the George Gobel show in the early days of television, will be this year’s Doo Dah Parade grand marshal on April 13.

King, one of television’s first singer celebrities, will be joined by syndicated cartoonist John McPherson, and 79-year-old baton twirler Betty Lambert, as well as 500 basset hounds, as she leads the 28th annual parade.

King has toured with the country’s leading big bands including Charlie Spivak, Ralph Flannigan and Ray Anthony and appeared with Mel Tormé.

During her career, she made guest appearances on many of the most popular shows of the era including “American Bandstand,” “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and the Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Ed Sullivan shows.

McPherson is the cartoonist behind “Close to Home,” which appears in 300 newspapers throughout the world. Numerous books of his work have been published. Majorette Betty Lambert from Harmony, Pa., who leads the Resurrection Band, will twirl her baton and do splits during the parade.

The basset hounds will also participate in the hilarious Basset Hound Olympics set for 1 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds, Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue.

Following the Olympics, humorist Dr. Joel Goodman will present a program on the benefits of humor 3-4 p.m. at the Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave.

Also on April 12 at 7 p.m., a Doo Dah Comedy Show has been scheduled for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The show will feature songs by King, a cartoon talk by McPherson and the annual appearance of the impersonators of legendary comedians, who also ride in the parade. These include Groucho Marx, Charo, Jack Benny, Abbott and Costello and Lucy performers. Admission for individuals or families will be by donation of canned or dried food for the Ocean City Food Cupboard or a donation of $10 for the cupboard.

The evening will also include a Tribute to Soupy Sales, rescheduled from last year because of technical difficulties. Trudy Sales, Soupy’s widow and a former June Taylor dancer, will participate in the event.

The parade begins at noon on Saturday at Sixth and Asbury, goes down to 12th Street, then proceeds to the boardwalk, concluding at Music Pier.

An awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the parade featuring King, McPherson and Lambert. This is followed by the colorful PieAsco, when folks sit in grandstands and smoosh each other in the face with shaving cream pies, the kind Soupy Sales used on his television show.

To participate in this parade as a comical marcher or group, or with your dressed up doggie, call Ocean City’s public relations office at 609-525-9300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . After hours, call 609-364-4010.

I Do Bridal Show

Don't miss The Current and Gazette Newspapers’ Bridal Fair and Fashion Show 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 14 at The Flanders Hotel, 719 E. 11th St. in Ocean City. Visit with a variety of wedding professionals, see a fashion show, win prizes and experience The Flanders. Brides are encouraged to register at http://bit.ly/idobridal. For vendor information, call 609-383-8994, ext. 333. 

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