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Local Volunteers Visit Nation’s Capital

Four local pageant winners were treated to an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, accompanied by family members. USOA Miss Atlantic County 2022 Jessica Indio, Miss Cumberland County 2022 Ashley Campbell, Miss Eastern Shores Outstanding Teen 2022 Alyssa Peacock and Miss Cape Shores 2022 Molly Pugliese were honored by Rep. Jeff Van Drew for their many hours of dedicated assistance to Project Thanksgiving and local veterans, particularly during the pandemic.

They were also treated to a tour of the U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Victoria’s Tax Service, Bondy Oil and Bagel University helped sponsor the trip. Special recognition goes to Mike Foutz for driving the van and providing door-to-door service for everyone throughout the day.

Project Thanksgiving is a nonprofit organization that provides food and monetary donations to food banks and veterans organizations in Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and Cape May counties. Founded by Alex Kaganzev, it will be holding its 14th annual event on November 18 and 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Honorees, holding proclamations, with family members at Congressman Van Drew’s office in Washington, DC.