Ocean City Today

Believe in Tomorrow’s fifth annual Prom Night this Sat.

By Kara Hallissey | Feb 01, 2018
Photo by: Kara Hallissey Believe in Tomorrow coordinator Wayne Littleton shows off a number of Prom Night auction items on Monday afternoon. Tickets can be purchased at the door on Saturday night, Feb. 3, for Believe in Tomorrow’s fifth annual “Prohibition Party” Prom Night fundraiser at Seacrets on 49th Street.

(Feb. 2, 2018) Tickets can be purchased at the door on Saturday night for Believe in Tomorrow’s fifth annual “Prohibition Party” Prom Night fundraiser at Seacrets on 49th Street.

“It is a fun night at Seacrets, very inexpensive and you get to dress up,” said Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Beach Respite Housing Program. “We are encouraging people to dress in 1920s attire. You are supporting a great cause and someone you know on the prom court. How many times can you go out to dinner with your significant other and spend 70 bucks?”

The party will start at 7 p.m. with two buffets featuring roasted potatoes and vegetables, jerk chicken, cheese tortellini, prime rib, a vegetarian dish and sodas in addition to desserts from Sweet Disposition of Selbyville, Delaware. Servers will also be walking around with appetizers such as stuffed mushrooms and shrimp cocktail.

There will be a silent and tricky tray auction with sports memorabilia, jewelry, autographed items, gift baskets, game tickets, restaurant gift certificates, and hair salon packages as well as other items.

Partygoers can look forward to happy hour prices and mystery boxes sponsored by Park Place Jewelers.

Full Circle will play inside Morley Hall, there will be a photo booth and Joe Smooth and Remy are slated to provide live music in the dining area, Littleton said.

In addition, attendees can try out the chocolate fountain or have a drink at the coffee bar courtesy of Eastern Shore Coffee.

A treasure chest with three compartments will unlock prizes such as a 14-carat gold bracelet worth $1,000 from Park Place Jewelers, a prize package from Ocean Downs including $500 of free slot play and one more major prize, which will be announced later. There will be 100 keys sold at $20 a piece with only three able to open the locks.

Attendees can add their votes to the king or queen categories for $1 until the announcement of prom court winners around 10:30 p.m.

“The imagination of the prom court this year was pretty fantastic,” Littleton said. “I want to thank the community, committee, Seacrets and pcourt, who worked so hard.”

This year’s court includes prom king nominees Jeremy Brink, owner of Ocean 13 on the Boardwalk; Frankie Schmidt, of Alexander & Tom Digital in Baltimore; and Austin Gerachis, of Malibu’s Surf Shop.

Queen nominees are Maria McEvoy, owner of Sandals Bridal Shop in West Ocean City; Jessica Jersey, who works for a local real estate company; Stefanie Lundmark, of Delaware Elevator; EJ Foxx, radio personality on K107.7; and Erin Phillips, a youth wilderness guide and former Believe In Tomorrow participant.

A couple of the prom court members will have raffles going on during the event with winners being announced throughout the night. Items include a vintage surfboard, an autographed guitar, a glass refrigerator filled with booze, baskets of cheer, a five-day trip to Jamaica, 50/50s and a local prize package worth more than $2,000.

“The money we raise will go into our general fund to run the Children’s House,” Littleton said. “We must be self-sufficient and all money we receive goes back into the program. It will also help with our new project on 65th Street, which we are getting closer to opening every day.”

The Believe in Tomorrow facility on 66th Street 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.

Fundraisers such as Prom Night help raise money to provide essential week-long excursions to the Ocean City residence.

Families will have another location to escape the stresses of everyday life on 65th Street in the near future, which is just a few steps away from the back balcony of the 66th Street property.

The new location will serve military pediatric families, larger groups that may require the assistance of medical support or extended families because of their child’s illness and end-of-life circumstances, where the inclusion of grandparents, aunts, uncles and special friends will be fulfilled.

Proceeds from Prom Night will go toward renovations of the new beach cottage Believe in Tomorrow acquired on 65th Street in 2016 and the property will allow the nonprofit to host an additional 52 families in Ocean City each year.

“Get out of your house, listen to a great band and have some great food,” Littleton said. “What else can you ask for?”

Tickets to Prom Night cost $35 and will be available at the door on Saturday, Feb. 3.

For more information on the event, contact Littleton at 410-723-2842 or email wlittleton@believeintomorrow.org.

Visit www.believeintomorrow.org/ housing_bythesea.html to learn more about Believe in Tomorrow’s House by the Sea.

To donate to the prom court nominees, visit believeintomorrow.donorpages.com/PromNight2018/.

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