(Jan. 3, 2020) Only one month remains before Believe in Tomorrow’s seventh annual Prom Night, and king and queen candidates are planning a few more events to raise as much money possible for the organization before Saturday, Feb. 1.

Eight competitors 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.

The competition raised an all-time high of $132,000 last year.

The 2019 Prom King was Stevie Day, who collected $5,000. The Prom Queen title went to EJ Foxx, who raised over $33,000.

Money generated from this year’s competition will be used for the new respite house, which has begun construction on 65th Street and is expected to be completed at the end of 2020. 


Cody Bentzel

The first event of the month will take place Thursday, Jan. 9. “Hot Stove Plus” will be held at Nicks House of Ribs on 144th Street from 6-9 p.m. The cost to attend the event for candidate Cody Bentzel is $35.

“A hot stove is a baseball term,” Believe in Tomorrow Respite House Coordinator Wayne Littleton said. “It came from people sitting around just talking baseball around their wood stoves in the offseason when baseball was the biggest sport at one time. It’s more of an older generation term. I just like it.”

Attendees can do more than just talk baseball though. Special guest Tom Davis, host of Wall-to-Wall baseball and Raven’s Talk, will be available for autographs, take photos and answer questions about the Orioles and Ravens.

Another special guest will be Al Bumbry, retired Orioles player who was named American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1973 and was the first Orioles player to have 200 hits in one season.

The ticket includes a dinner provided by Nicks House of Ribs with choices including chicken, ribs or salmon and desserts provided by Sweet Disposition. Guests can order drinks at the cash bar.

There will also be a sports silent auction, mystery boxes for $10 apiece and a 50/50 raffle.

For more information or get a ticket, call Littleton at 410-723-2842.

A Mac and Cheese Cookoff will take place at the Residence Inn by Marriott on 61st Street on Saturday, Jan. 18th from noon to 3 p.m. The event will be raising funds for Bentzel’s campaign.

Several restaurants will have stations set up with their own versions of mac and cheese ranging from bacon, seafood and other flavors.

For $25, guests will have unlimited tastings of the mac and cheeses, two drink tickets, an entry for a door prize and music by Full Circle Duo. There will also be mystery boxes and other activities offered during the event.

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.com with the search, “Mac and Cheese.”

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


Sami Glaeser

Prom Queen candidate Sami Glaeser will hold the second annual Womanless Pageant on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Dunes Manor Hotel on 28th Street, from 7-10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

More than 10 men will dress up and walk across a stage and strut their stuff, including Sherman the Shorebird mascot for Shorebird Stadium in Salisbury, Justin Acita from Pickles Pub on Eighth Street, DJ Magellan from 98.1 Radio, Comedian Stevie Jay, Ocean 13 owner Jeremy Brink and a few more surprise guests.

Guests are encouraged to bring cash to vote for their favorite beauty contestant.

In addition to the pageant, there will be a Chinese auction, 50/50, dollar dances, raffles, door prizes and other activities available. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

For more information, call Glaeser at 617-755-4384.

Glaeser will host a Tats and Tinis event at Ocean 13 on 13th Street on Friday, Jan. 24.

Six guests will win a free tattoo. Only 100 tickets will be sold for $50 each. Admission covers food, select beers and discounted martinis. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Wax.

For more information, call Glaeser at 617-755-4384.


Beth Scaniffe

Candidate Beth Scaniffe will host an 80s-themed party at Whiskers Bar and Grill in Ocean Pines on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 3-6 p.m.

The event will include a costume contest, raffles, party games and tunes by DJ Tuff. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted.

For more information, call Whiskers at 410-208-3922.

Candidate April Brilliant will hold a mini golf scramble at Old Pro Golf on 136th Street on Saturday, Jan. 31 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Families and groups can compete in a mini golf event with a special treasure hunt included.

Photo opportunities will also be available. Prizes for best dressed or themed and largest donation, among others. One person will win a chance to be a DJ for a day at 102.5 WBOC. 

The event costs $25 per person or $80 per team of four.


April Brilliant

Brilliant will also be holding a Superheroes and Princess Bounce for Believe at Coco’s Funhouse in Salisbury on Friday, Jan. 17 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Bring kids ages 10 and under to bounce for Believe in Tomorrow where they can meet their favorite superheroes and princesses. Tickets cost $5 to bounce. The event is free for chaperones; however, a donation is welcome.

On Sunday, Jan. 19, Brilliant will team up with candidate Shania Bailey to hold a bowling event at Southbound Alley in Salisbury from 6-9 p.m.

Admission costs $25 per person including shoes, two hours of bowling and light fare. There will also be raffles, a 50/50 and mystery boxes for $10 each.

Finally, she will host a “Jamaica Me Crazy” party on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Evo Craft Brewing Company in Salisbury from 7-11 p.m. The cost is $25.

The Caribbean-style party will offer a cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, mystery boxes and dancing. Participants must be 21 or older to attend.

For more information, contact Brilliant at 443-359-4458 (text preferred) or email aprilbrilliant@comcast.net.


Justin Acita

Prom King Candidate Justin Acita will host a mini golf tournament on Wednesday, Jan. 22 starting at 6 p.m. at Old Pro Golf on 136th Street.

Admission for a four-person team, food and an open bar will be $100.

For more information, call Pickles Pub at 410-289-4891.

The final results of the competition will be announced at Seacrets on 49th Street, Saturday, Feb. 1, during prom night. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the announcement will be made at 9 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance cost $35 and $40 at the door.

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.

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