ATLANTIC CITY — For eight years, the Absecon Lighthouse has helped couples kick off a romantic Valentine’s Day evening in the resort town.

Executive Director Jean Muchanic acted as the nondenominational minister, helping 16 couples reaffirm their love during a group ceremony in the Keeper’s Cottage. Like many weddings, the event ended with a champagne toast, along with desserts and dancing.

“This was so much nicer than we could have thought,” said Ken Persichetti, of Little Egg Harbor. Persichetti’s wife, Patty, surprised him with the vow renewal before the couple went out to dinner in Atlantic City.

The Valentine’s Day vow renewal was also a fundraising event for the historic lighthouse, which is open year-round.

“It’s a romantic night for the couples who want to spend Valentine’s Day in the city,” said Muchanic. “We have a few couples that come every year.”

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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