(Nov, 29, 2019) Several winter-themed events will take place this month to raise money for Believe in Tomorrow’s Children Foundation.

This Saturday will be the inaugural Believe in Santa Paws event at Paws and Claws pet store in West Ocean City from 1-3 p.m.

“The owner of Paws and Claws, Jan Rooney, and I were talking and she wanted to do something for Prom Court,” Believe in Tomorrow Respite House Coordinator Wayne Littleton said. “Originally, we were going to do photos with Santa, but then we found the Worcester County Humane Society does it the same day. So then we thought, ‘Why not make it a fun day?’”

Pet owners can bring their furry friends for some wintery fun with a holiday doggie Christmas parade and obstacle course.

For the humans, there will be raffles, mystery boxes costing $10 each as well as doggie mystery boxes that could hold treats or toys for $5. Photos with Santa will be coordinated by members of the Worcester County Humane Society.

“It’ll be adorable and it’s something different,” Littleton said. “Bring your pets.”

For more information contact Rooney at 410-213-7490 or Littleton at 410-723-2842.

There will be a competition between Steelers and Ravens fans during the second annual Game of the Week, held on Friday, Dec. 6, at Pit & Pub and Dry Dock on 28th Street.

Fans of either restaurant or sport teams will be able to vote for their favorite bars from 6:30-10:30 p.m. The bar that raises the most money will be named the winner. The event is free to attend.

“There’s always that little bit of competition between Steelers and Ravens, so we thought we’d capitalize on it,” Littleton said.

Each bar will contribute a portion of their cocktail sales to Believe in Tomorrow and there will be auction items displayed in both restaurants as well as mystery boxes for $10 each, raffles and members of the Prom Court will also be on-site raising money for their campaigns. 

Guests can purchase as many chips as they want to vote for their favorite bar. There will also be penalty chips available for purchase to take points away from the opposite bar. Participants are also encouraged to wear their favorite Steelers or Ravens gear, Christmas attire, or even a combination of the two.

“I’m hoping this will become an annual tradition between the two places,” Littleton said.

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

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John Reynolds, 6, left, and his brother Nick, 5, of Ocean Pines, tell Santa what they want for Christmas last year. During the Believe in Tomorrow Magic Christmas event at Seacrets on 49th Street last year

The third annual Magic of Christmas event will be held at Seacrets on 49th Street, Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2-5 p.m. This free event will feature an ugly sweater contest, a chance to meet Santa and his elves, raffles and various children’s activities such as face painting for a small fee.

“The good thing is it’s after the Ocean City Christmas parade,” Littleton said. “[Families] don’t have to spend any money. They can come in and just do crafts.”

Around 100 children and their families participated in the activities last year.

Members of the Believe in Tomorrow Prom Court will have tables set up to raise money for the competition, which ends early February.

Pictures with Santa can also be taken for a small fee, but the event is mostly just a place for families to have free, quality time together.

Seashell City is donating sand dollars to make festive ornaments. Seacrets will offer food and drinks throughout the event.

“Seacrets is a great host,” Littleton said. “They play Christmas movies on their big screens in Morley Hall … it’s all about the holidays. It’s just fun.”

For more information, call 410-723-2842.

Believe in Tomorrow will also hold a Santa breakfast at the Residence Inn by Marriott on 61st Street, Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Children and their parents can enjoy a hot breakfast buffet provided by the hotel and take photos with Santa. There will also be baked goods for sale, raffles and prizes for wearing the most festive pajamas.

Admission costs $12 in advance or $15 at the door for children ages 10 and older and $5 in advance or $8 at the door for children 4-9. Children under 3 eat for free.

For more information or to order tickets, call Littleton at 410-723-2842.

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 has four condos that 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, Delaware, and House by the Bay on 28th Street in Ocean City. By the end of next year, a new facility is expected to be completed on 65th Street.

Learn more about Believe in Tomorrow at http://believeintomorrow.org or call Littleton at 410-723-2842.

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