(Jan. 31, 2020) Dress to the nines and walk the red carpet during the seventh annual Believe in Tomorrow Prom Night, this Saturday at Seacrets on 49th Street from 7-11 p.m.
Members of the Believe in Tomorrow Prom Court have been hosting fundraising events over the last few months and it all ends with the big party.
“It’s still a wide-open competition on the men’s and the women’s side,” Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Beach Respite Housing Program, said. “And that’s what’s great this year … it’s going to be more balanced.”
Competing for prom king are: Pickles Pub owner Justin Acita, Photographer Chuck McMillian, Embers Restaurant Manager Rush Stahley and Bentzel Amusements owner Cody Bentzel.
Running for prom queen are: Insurance Broker Sami Glaeser, Beth Scaniffe of Whiskers Pub in Ocean Pines, Salisbury University student Shania Bailey, and WBOC Radio Personality April Brilliant.
“It takes an extraordinary person to do something like this because it is a commitment,” Littleton said. “A couple of people started in the summer time, but all of them have started by September. I can’t say I’m unhappy with any of them. The truth is, they really have done the best they can. So, it could be an interesting night.”
The man and woman who raise the most money will be named king and queen.
The competition raised an all-time high of $132,000 during the 2019 campaign. The 2019 Prom King, Stevie Jay, raised $5,000. The prom queen title went to EJ Foxx, who collected $32,000.
The party will kick off at 7 p.m. with two buffets in addition to desserts from Sweet Disposition of Selbyville, Delaware, and a coffee bar provided by Starbucks on 123rd Street.
There will be a silent auction with memorabilia, jewelry, autographed items, gift baskets, game tickets, restaurant gift certificates, and hair salon packages as well as other items, including an orange crush machine, which Littleton expects will be very popular.
Guests are encouraged to walk the red carpet in the Night at the Oscars themed party. A costume contest will take place during the event.
“Attendees can either just dress a little glitzy or they don’t have to dress up at all … whatever they want to wear, it’s fine,” Littleton said. “Some of the people get into it. I think you’ll see people dressed up and others dressed as some characters. I don’t want people to be scared away because it’s not a formal night.
“I just want people to have an unbelievable time, because if they have a good time, the event will grow and it will do better the following year,” he continued.
Partygoers can look forward to happy hour prices and mystery boxes sponsored by Park Place Jewelers.
Full Circle will play inside Morley Hall as well as DJ Bobby-O and once again, there will be a photo booth for people to take pictures of the glam-filled night.
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 prom king and queen winners will receive personalized gift baskets, including gift cards and various items donated by local businesses. The prom queen also typically receives a bouquet of roses.
“Prom court has worked very hard and they’ve done very well,” Littleton said. “So, it’s already a successful night for us before we even open the door.”
Tickets cost $35 in advance or $40 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, call 410-732-2842.
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.
Families can also vacation at the Believe in Tomorrow House in Fenwick Island and House by the Bay on 28th Street. At the end of the year, a new respite house located on 65th Street is expected to be completed.
Learn more about Believe in Tomorrow at http://believeintomorrow.org or call Littleton at 443-978-0680.