(Feb. 8, 2019) Morley Hall in Seacrets was jam packed with paisley, polyester and go-go boots last Saturday during the Believe in Tomorrow’s sixth annual “Groovy Party” Prom Night fundraiser at the 49th Street establishment.
“I have never been so proud of [my prom court candidates],” Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Beach Respite Housing Program said. “It takes a unique individual to do something like this.”
The eight-member prom court, which included three men and five women, collected over $127,000, beating out last year’s high of $100,000. The candidates raised funds by hosting events and raffles over the last few months.
DJ Steve Jacobs, or “Stevie Jay,” of Delaware, raised nearly $5,000, earning his spot as prom king.
“I definitely want to thank Tonya Knott from Whisker’s Bar and Grille [in Ocean Pines] and I want to thank everybody for showing up to this event because it’s for a fantastic organization,” Jacobs said. “You can’t imagine the look on a child’s face when they step in the sand for the very first time.”
Radio announcer and fellow DJ EJ Foxx took home the tiara and a bouquet of roses after raising $33,091.96.
“I’m overwhelmed. My gratitude runs deep,” Foxx said. “We’re all winners here, because it all goes to the children. When you make a donation, you may not know the families or these children, but the difference in their lives you have made is absolutely monumental and epic. You have given them an opportunity to make memories that normally they would never have.”
Littleton estimates the event raised more than $132,000 as money generated from the various auctions and raffles that night was still being counted as of Tuesday.
“My favorite part about this event is I get to meet so many wonderful people,” Littleton said. “These people are now part of our family.”
Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation provides hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. Since 1982, Believe in Tomorrow has provided over 900,000 individual overnight accommodations, from every state in the U.S. and more than 82 countries worldwide.
The Believe in Tomorrow facility on 66th Street in Ocean City 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.
Each of the four condos feature kid-friendly décor and paintings with at least two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a fully-stocked kitchen, living and dining room areas.
Families can also vacation at the Believe in Tomorrow House in Fenwick Island and House by the Bay on 28th Street.
Learn more about Believe in Tomorrow at http://believeintomorrow.org or call Littleton at 443-978-0680.