(April 12, 2019) Tickets are still available for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House by the Sea’s 18th annual gala, this Saturday.

The event will take place from 5:30-10:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. in the second-floor ballroom of the hotel with a cocktail hour kicking off festivities and music by Joe Smooth.

Tickets cost $75 per person or $150 per couple.

“Out of all the events we do, this is my favorite. This is the first one I ever started here,” said Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Respite Housing Program.

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Wayne Littleton, coordinator of the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Respite Housing Program, displays some of the glasses available for purchase during the Believe in Tomorrow Gala at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street, this Saturday. All of the wine glasses will have a precious gem inside, but only one will contain a diamond.

During the cocktail hour, guests can enjoy tenderloin sliders from Longboard Café. Seacrets will provide jerk chicken and Sunset Grille will have a raw bar selection complete with oysters, shrimp and ahi tuna. Ocean 13 will also provide some appetizers. Touch of Italy will feature its antipasti and pizza in addition to a mozzarella maker. Also new to the event this year is the Hooked Restaurant Group.

Sweet Disposition will provide desserts and Believe in Tomorrow will set up a chocolate fountain. Complimentary beer and wine will be provided.

This year, attendees can purchase mystery boxes for $10 or wine glasses with a hidden gem for $25, courtesy of Park Place Jewelers. One of the wine glasses will hold a diamond, and the rest will have other gems hidden inside, such as topaz and pearls.

There will also be an ice luge with Seacrets spirits, a deejay and a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, restaurant gift cards, baskets, beauty products and weekend getaways.

Each year since 2004, Believe in Tomorrow has presented its “Hero by the Sea” award. Jason Gulshen, general manager of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront in Ocean City, will be honored at the gala this year.

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Jason Gulshen, general manager for the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street, is the 15th recipient of the Believe in Tomorrow “Hero by the Sea” award.

“Jason just typifies what a Believe in Tomorrow volunteer is,” Littleton said. “He just constantly looks out for us. He’s just got a heart of gold and I’m very pleased to announce him as our winner this year.”

Gulshen said he is “very honored, humbled and surprised” to receive the “Hero by the Sea” award.

“The list of recipients is very prestigious, very established people in the town,” he said. “It’s nice to be included among those people who have done a lot for the community.”

Gulshen said he was inspired to work with Believe in Tomorrow when the hotel became part of an initiative to help the community around 10 years ago.

“We were looking for what we can do and right next door was Believe in Tomorrow,” Gulshen said. “I walked over one day and about the same time they actually were headed in our direction and they were asking about a child who, because of their treatment, couldn’t be in the sun for an extended period of time, so they were asking about using the pool. We came up with an agreement so they could come use the indoor pool during the daytime.”

To end the evening, Littleton will announce the 50/50 winner. Tickets costs $50 each and only 100 will be sold. The winner will take home $2,500.

The Michael G. Mann Foundation once again is the title sponsor of the gala.

For more information, call Littleton at 410-723-2842.

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.

Families can also vacation at the Believe in Tomorrow House in Fenwick Island and House by the Bay on 28th Street.

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