(Jan. 11, 2019) There are only a few more weeks left for members of the Believe in Tomorrow Prom Court to raise money for the children’s charity before Prom Night on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Eight candidates are vying for the Believe in Tomorrow Prom King and Queen titles. The man and woman who raise the most money for the organization from now until the beginning of February will be declared the winners.

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The eight prom court members will continue to raise money for Believe in Tomorrow until 9 p.m. Feb. 2.

“The fundraising is progressing. The ladies are doing fantastic. It is still anybody’s game to win,” Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Respite Housing Program, said. “I really expect the race to go into the evening of the event, that is how close it is at this point. The boys are picking it up after a slow start. There are quite a few exciting events happening in the month of January.”

Competing for Prom King are: DJ Stevie Jay, Touch of Italy General Manager Peter Scioli and Atlantic Shores Realtor Maxwell Hulme.

Running for Prom Queen are: Salisbury University student Nicole Goheen, Photographer Julie Wagner, Radio announcer and DJ EJ Foxx, Pickles Pub owner Brittney Acita and Pasadena resident Ashley Weaver.

The competition raised an all-time high of $100,000 during the 2018 campaign. The 2018 Prom King was Frankie Smith, who raised $24,000. The Prom Queen title went to Jessica Jersey, who collected $16,000.

“I know I repeat myself all the time, but I am amazed how committed the prom court members become,” Littleton said. “They are trying extremely hard to raise money for Believe in Tomorrow. Running on the Prom Court is like having a part-time job if you want to do well. Plus, they are just nice people that you enjoy being around.”

The court members have held several events over the past four months to try and raise money. This is the last month they have to garner as much money as they can for Believe in Tomorrow.

Hulme, who lives in Bishopville and is a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, is the latest member to join the court, entering the competition in December. 

“I was referred to join the Believe in Tomorrow Prom Court by a family friend and took the opportunity to help children in need,” Hulme said. “I’m late to join the running, but for me it’s just about raising as much money as I can to help change a child’s life.”

The Prom King and Queen winners will receive personalized gift baskets, including gift cards and various donated gifts from local businesses. The Prom Queen also typically receives a bouquet of roses.

The final results will be announced at Seacrets on 49th Street, Saturday, Feb. 2. Doors will open for the event at 7 p.m., and the announcement will be made at 9 p.m. The theme is 70s nights, with a costume contest, live music by Full Circle, Joe Smooth and Remy, a silent auction and mystery prize boxes. Sweet Disposition will provide desserts and Starbucks on 123rd Street will sponsor a coffee bar.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase. Tickets purchased in advance cost $35, or $40 at the door. To order, call 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 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.

Learn more about Believe in Tomorrow at http://believeintomorrow.org or call Littleton at 443-978-0680.

Believe in Tomorrow Prom Court events:

• Bingo Nights: – Hosted by Stevie Jay

Every Monday at Tailchasers on 123rd Street, Ocean City, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (443-664-7075)

Every Wednesday at Bethany Blues, Bethany Beach, 7:30-9 p.m. (302-537-1500)

Every Thursday at Whiskers Bar and Grille, Ocean Pines, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (410-208-3922)

For information, call the respective restaurants. 

• Saturday, Jan. 12 – 80’s Nite Karaoke and Dance Party at Whiskers Bar and Grill in Ocean Pines from 3-6 p.m. Hosted by Stevie Jay and EJ Foxx. Photo booth, raffles, silent auction, drink specials and a chance to win an autographed Keith Urban guitar. For more information, call Whiskers Bar and Grille, 410-208-3922.

• Friday, Jan. 18 – Tattoos and Martinis at Ocean 13 on 13th Street. Hosted by Julie Wagner.

For $50, enjoy food and drinks (select beer included in ticket price, until kegs are kicked), entertainment by DJ Wax. Local tattoo artists are also donating chances to win free tattoo sessions.

Purchase ticket from Julie Wagner or Jeremy Brink, for a chance to win a three-hour tattoo session. Visit https://believeintomorrow.donorpages.com/PromNight2019/JulieWagner/

• Saturday, Jan. 26 – Sweetheart ball at Southern Belle Barn in Delmar. Hosted by Julie Wagner.

Since and enjoy a spaghetti dinner donated by Delmar Pizza and Olive Garden. Adults cost $20, children $10. For more information, call Southern Belle Barn at 410-896-5408.

• Saturday, Jan. 26 – “Putting for a Cause,” Old Pro Golf on 136th Street at 5 p.m. Hosted by Ashley Weaver and Nichole Goheen. Come in a four-person team. Post-play party at Dry Dock 28 directly afterwards. The cost is $100 per foursome. For more information, call Old Pro Golf on 136th Street at 443-664-6860.

• Wednesday, Jan. 30 – “Putting for a Cause,” Old Pro Golf on 68th Street at 6 p.m. Hosted by Brittany Acita. Play in a four-person team. Cost is $100. Live music from Sean Looms. Contact Acita at Pickles Pub on Facebook to register.

• Thursday, Jan. 31 – Music and Art Fest at The Globe in Berlin from 6-10 p.m. Hosted by Max Hulme. Four local bands – Brian Foley, K², The Bilenki Duo, and an after party with The Swell Fellas. There will also be games, raffles and donated art for sale by local artists. Admission is $20. For more information, call the Globe at 410-641-0784.

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