Miss New Jersey Teen USA Gina Mellish celebrated her upcoming competition in the national pageant in Las Vegas with a glamorous send-off soirée at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake.
The 17-year-old Red Bank Catholic High graduate paired her glittering tiara with an intricately patterned party dress as she posed with friends.
“Wishing our fabulous Miss New Jersey Teen USA Gina Mellish good luck at Nationals #readyforthecrown,” wrote Mary Tortorici aside a photo of her daughter — and fellow beauty queen Ava Tortorici — with Gina.
Jersey native Cake Boss Buddy Valestro toasted the radiant teen with a cake from Carlo’s Bakery in Red Bank.
“Huge thank you to @carlosbakery for sponsoring my gorgeous cake at my Miss Teen USA Send Off Party! It was even more delicious than it looks,” scribed Gina alongside a photo in which she’s cutting into the three-tiered dessert.
Gina beat out dozens of other hopefuls in the Miss New Jersey Teen USA in May and hopes to wow judges in the Miss Teen USA pageant later this month!