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Friends of Miss New Jersey Lindsey Petrosh, who lives in Egg Harbor City, have organized a viewing party to watch her compete in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, which is being broadcast live.
The Miss America Pageant is scheduled to air 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 on ABC. The local viewing party will be held 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Blue Heron Pines Restaurant, 550 Country Club Drive, Galloway.
Nancy Castrenze, who served as a pageant hostess for 20 years in Atlantic City, and her friend Kathy Hewson are spearheading the effort.
“I’ve known Lindsey’s mother, Joyce, for 50 years,” Castrenze said. “Lindsey would make a great spokesperson for the Miss America organization. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.”
Castrenze came up with the idea for hosting a viewing party when she realized family commitments would keep her from being able to travel to Las Vegas to see the event live.
“There are about 75 members of Lindsey’s family heading out to Las Vegas,” she said. “But there are many who wanted to go but couldn’t.”
Castrenze and Hewson decided to host a party for everyone to get together and cheer Petrosh on.
“I expect there will be a lot of cheering,” Castrenze said. “We have about 100 reservations, and I expect to get quite a few more.”
She said she misses serving as a hostess and being close to the Miss America Pageant during the years when it called Atlantic City home.
“We would take the contestants everywhere they needed to go,” she said. “We’d take them from their hotel to Boardwalk Hall and back.”
Tickets to the viewing party are $25 and include hors d’oeuvres, a carving station of turkey and roast beef sandwiches, a salad bar, assorted deserts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.
Petrosh landed in Las Vegas with the start of the New Year. She performed in the talent portion of the competition Tuesday, Jan. 8, Castrenze said.
Fans can help Petrosh reach the finals by participating in an online voting competition that is new this year.
Vote for Petrosh’s video by clicking on http://www.missamerica.org/videocontest/. The contestant with the most votes will be assured a place in the pageant finals.