Ocean City Today

Annual Believe in Tomorrow Beach Bash at Seacrets

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 21, 2017
Worcester County residents, from left, Beverly and Bob Bigler join Leah Bounds during the Believe in Tomorrow Beach Bash last year.

(Sept. 22, 2017) Food from more than two dozen local restaurants, unlimited draft beer and a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes are just a few of the reasons why Believe in Tomorrow’s Beach Bash at Seacrets on 49th Street is a popular September event.

The annual party raises funds for the Believe in Tomorrow facility on 66th Street, which is open year-round to provide a free getaway to the beach for critically ill children and their families whenever they may need to escape the stresses of their child’s illness.

“It’s a fun and casual evening,” Wayne Littleton, Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Beach Respite Housing Program coordinator, said. “You see a lot of people who you don’t always get to see over the course of the summer. That’s why we always have the event the Monday after Sunfest.”

Last year, about 700 people attended the Beach Bash, raising approximately $40,000 for Believe in Tomorrow, he said.

Attendees can purchase a mystery box courtesy of Park Place Jewelers or participate in the jewelry in a cupcake game for $10.

In addition, the party features a silent auction with rounds of golf, gift cards to restaurants, sports items, weekend getaways, gift baskets and autographed merchandise.

New this year, a treasure chest with three compartments will unlock prizes such as trips and sports tickets. There will be 100 keys sold at $20 a piece with only three able to open the locks.

Full Circle will perform with all restaurants set up downstairs on the beach this year at Seacrets.

“All food and desserts will be downstairs,” Littleton said. “The second floor will have the auction items and additional room for seating.”

At least 27 local restaurants will provide food for attendees to sample while they enjoy draft beer or sodas in addition to Seacrets drink specials. Adolfo’s Italian Restaurant, Seacrets, Harborside and the Greene Turtle have participated in the Believe in Tomorrow Beach Bash since its inception.

“Sixteen years is a long time,” Littleton said. “A special thank you to Denise Venable for participating in the Beach Bash for the last 16 years too.”

The Beach Bash also features an entertaining raffle with a $10,000 prize for one lucky winner, which will be determined during the lottery game. Only 225 tickets are available, and there will also be five $500 winners.

“We give away a boat load of money in one night,” Littleton said. “Who doesn’t like to win money? Everything we make supports our program.”

Since the event takes place Monday after Sunfest, the crowd is mostly local and it provides an opportunity to catch up with friends as the busy summer season comes to a close, he said.

“People love this event and they will call the day after asking when it will be next year,” Littleton said.

Tickets come close to selling out every year and can be purchased in advance for $50 by calling Littleton at 410-723-2842. Or, buy tickets at the door for $55 for the food sampling or $100 for the food sampling plus the raffle.

Proceeds will help the Believe in Tomorrow House by the Sea on 66th Street provide a memorable experience for families.

The Beach Bash runs from 5-10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Seacrets on 49th Street. Visit www.believeintomorrow.org to learn more about the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.

On Sunday, Sept. 24, an all-you-can-eat crab feast will take place at the 28th Street Pit & Pub from 2-5 p.m. for $40 per person with all proceeds going to the Believe in Tomorrow Foundation.

Admission includes unlimited crabs, corn, fried chicken, sides, Bud Light draft beer and sodas.

There will be Chinese and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, a bake sale and a corn hole tournament with DJ Billy T spinning the tunes.

“There will not be an entry fee for the corn hole tournament, but for every bag that misses the board, it costs the player $1,” said Maria McEvoy, owner of Sandals Bridal in West Ocean City and a participant in this year’s Prom Court fundraiser for Believe in Tomorrow. “I am hoping for a great event. I am only allowed to sell 90 tickets.”

A raffle to win two tickets to the crab feast costs $5 each and can be purchased at the 28th Street Pit & Pub or Sandals Bridal in West Ocean City.

“Every dollar she raises is a vote and all money goes to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House,” Littleton said.

For more information call 410-289-2020, 443-944-4763 or 410-390-3937.

In addition, Jeremy Brink, who owns Ocean 13 on the Boardwalk, is having his prom king kickoff party at Ocean City Fish Company in West Ocean City on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 2-6 p.m.

There will be food and happy hour drink prices all afternoon including $1.50 domestic drafts, $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 rails and $5 crushes and frozen drinks.

A $10 all-you-can-eat buffet includes chili cheese dogs, buffalo chicken dip, a chili bar, Natty Boh brats and a cheese and veggie tray. A portion of each food ticket sold will be donated to Believe in Tomorrow.

Local band Side Project, which Brink is a member of, will play live during the event.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit Ocean 13 on the Boardwalk at 13th Street, or OC Fish Company, on Harbor Road in West Ocean City.

The second annual Believe in Tomorrow 5K run and walk takes a scenic route through the Town of Bethany Beach, Delaware, and the Boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 8:30 a.m.

“We hope people will come out and support it,” Littleton said. “It should be a fun day.”

After the race, there will be an awards ceremony and participants can enjoy food from the Penguin Diner. There will be music by DJ EJ Foxx, face painting and games for children at the bandstand.

The cost to participate in the 5K is $25 in advance and $30 on race day for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Virtual runners pay $30. All participants will receive a T-shirt.

Call Littleton at 410-723-2842 for more information.


Participating Restaurants


• Braddah Barney’s

• Dry Dock 28

• Outback Steakhouse

• 28th Street Pit & Pub

• The Original Greene Turtle

• Touch of Italy

• Seacrets

• Rare and Rye

• Sunset Grille

• Bad Monkey

• The Shrimp Boat

• Fisher’s Popcorn

• Adolfo’s Italian Restaurant

• Dumser’s Dairyland

• Smoker’s BBQ Pit

• Culture

• The Iron Horse

• Primo Hoagies

• Desserts By Rita

• Piaza

• Reel Inn Restaurant

• Ocean 13

• Matteo’s Salsa Loco

• Shotti’s Point

• Ky West

• Yellow Fins

• Sweet Disposition

• Harborside

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