The reigning Miss America will visit Ocean City on April 6 to 8. Cara Mund will help open and close the third annual Girls Weekend.
Mund will join Ocean City Special Events Coordinator Michael Hartman in hosting the popular Girls Weekend Fashion Show on Friday, April 6. She will appear at a special meet-and-greet event on Sunday, April 8.
The first woman from North Dakota ever to become Miss America, Mund is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in business, entrepreneurship and organizations. In her new role, she advocates for women’s education, empowerment and leadership. She serves as the national goodwill ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Among other initiatives, she promotes her personal platform: a Make-a-Wish Passion with Fashion.
Girls Weekend showcases all that Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer. The event features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City. It provides a great reason to escape to the shore early in the season.
The fashion show is set for 7 p.m. April 6 at Glazed Over Studios (704 Asbury Avenue) and kicks off the weekend’s events. It features clothes and accessories for sale in Ocean City’s retail shops and modeled by local men and women, including members of City Council. The lighthearted event will be catered by local restaurants. Advance tickets ($20) are required and on sale now at City Hall, the Route 52 Welcome Center, Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave.) and the 7th Street Surf Shop (720 Asbury Ave.).
Mund will return on Sunday for a free meet-and-greet from noon until 2 p.m. Fans and downtown shoppers are invited to stop by Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro, 637 Asbury Avenue, for an autograph/photo-op with Miss America.
Tickets are also on sale for a Girls Weekend show (on April 7) titled “Defying Gravity.” The show stars Kelli Rabke, a Broadway star and Bergen County mom of two young children. Rabke will weave tales of motherhood, music, and the misadventures of life and love. She performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 on the Ocean City Music Pier. For tickets ($18 to $20), visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.
For a detailed schedule of Girls Weekend events, accommodations and participating businesses, call 609-399-1412, visit the Girls Weekend blog at www.oceancityvacation.com or check out the Facebook pages “Downtown OCNJ” and “OceanCityNJVacation.”