(Nov. 8, 2019) Two additional candidates have joined the Believe in Tomorrow Prom Court, for a total of 10 competitors, who are hoping to raise a combined $200,000 for the Children’s House by the Sea by Feb. 1.
Joining Justin Acita, Cody Bentzel, April Brilliant, Sami Glaesar, Chuck McMillian, Ryan Milton, Rush Stehley and Beth Scaniffe are Salisbury University students Shania Bailey and Jordan Cencula.
Bailey, 21, is a sophomore at the university majoring in biology with a chemistry and statistics minor. She has personally experienced the care that Believe in Tomorrow provides when she was younger.
“I was only about 12 when my brother was diagnosed with cancer and we actually stayed at the Believe in Tomorrow House at John Hopkins in Baltimore and they were just absolutely wonderful to us,” Bailey said. “[This year] I asked Wayne [Littleton] how I could get involved again and he said, ‘Well, we are looking for another Prom Court member.’”
Helping Believe in Tomorrow is important for Bailey, whose brother eventually succumbed to his cancer.
“This past June he would have graduated from high school and his senior class raised $1,500 over the year and presented it to my mom and I, and we chose to donate it to the Believe in Tomorrow house,” she said.
“I can’t do a whole lot, but I’m hoping next year that definitely I could run again and then really be competitive because I’m a very competitive person,” she continued.
Also running for Prom Queen is Cencula, 19, a sophomore Phi Mu sorority sister originally from Frederick, Maryland, who is majoring in secondary education history with a minor in earth science. Working with children has been a love of hers for a long time, she said.
“I’ve been teaching kids and helping kids throughout my life,” Cencula said. “I was a part of the 4-H Club in high school and always helping the younger kids when I was there and I even student taught when I was in high school.
“It’s a great opportunity to really give back to the community and get my name out there and really help out with this organization,” she continued. “I hold that near and dear to my heart.”
All three Salisbury University students – Bailey, Cencula and Milton – be collecting donations throughout campus and will also be collaborating on a “Bowl to Believe” event at Southbound Alley in Salisbury on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 7-9 p.m. with a $25 admission. There will also be raffles, silent auctions, mystery boxes and other activities. Participants will also receive a T-shirt with admission.
For more information, call Respite House Coordinator Wayne Littleton at 443-978-0680.
Several other Believe in Tomorrow events will be taking place in November throughout Worcester, Wicomico and Sussex counties, including Brilliant’s Quarter Auction at the Salisbury Elks Lodge this Sunday, Nov. 10, starting at 1 p.m.
The cost is $10 for the first paddle and $5 for each additional one, or purchase an all-in paddle for $30. Attendees could win gift cards, hotel stays, gift packages and other various prizes.
Brilliant is also offering a raffle chance to win a seven-night stay at Martha’s Vineyard from now until Prom Night, which will take place on Feb. 1. Tickets cost $10 each or get five for $30.
Brilliant will also host a Spirit Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Salisbury on Monday, Nov. 18, where a portion of the proceeds when purchasing lunch or dinner will be donated to her campaign.
She will present a Bingo for Believe in Tomorrow on Wednesday, Nov. 20, though the time and place has not been determined at the time of publication.
To learn more about Brilliant’s events, visit her donation page at believeintomorrow.rallybound.org/prom/aprilbrilliant.
Glaesar will present a Ladies’ Night at Ocean 13 on 13th Street and the Boardwalk, on Friday, Nov. 15, from 7-10 p.m.
The cost is $50 per ticket and will include food provided by Ocean 13 chef Vern Smith and guest chef Toby Gilbert.
There will also be a Chinese auction with prizes ranging from beauty kits, a full outfit by Ish or South Moon Under clothing shops, and gift cards for restaurant and hotels.
There will be a limited number of tickets available, with a cap at 100. To purchase a ticket, visit Glaesar’s donation page at believeintomorrow.rallybound.org/prom/Sami.
Scaniffe will present a casino royale at the Dagsboro American Legion #24 on Sunday, Nov 17 from 2-6 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 in advance. A limited number will be sold. Tickets can be purchased by calling Respite House Coordinator Wayne Littleton at 443-978-0680.
She will also be collaborating with Bentzel for putting with a cause at Old Pro Golf on 136th Street in Ocean City, on Friday, Nov. 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The cost is $100 for a team or $25 per hole sponsors.
Fees include a goodie bag, snacks and beverages. During the event there will also be a silent auction, raffles and a hole-in-one contest. All players who get a hole-in-one will win a free T-shirt.
To register, call Littleton at 443-978-0680.
Stehley will be holding a “Glamorous Roaring 20s” dinner party at Embers Restaurant on 23rd Street in Ocean City, Friday, Nov. 22, from 7-10 p.m. Guests can enjoy appetizers, drinks, dinner and live entertainment from New Jersey 20s’ band “Chriswell Club” for $125.
The event will also include a silent and live auction. To purchase a ticket, visit Stehley’s link at https://believeintomorrow.rallybound.org/prom/Rush or email him at email@example.com.
Acita will be holding an Independent Tattoo Party at Independent Tattoo studio in Selbyville, Delaware, on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 7-11 p.m. where guests can choose from $50-$100 designs. All proceeds from that night will benefit Acita’s campaign. There will be live music by Sean Loomis during the event.
In addition, on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:30-10 p.m., there will be a friendly rivalry competition between the Steelers bar Dry Docks and the Ravens bar Pit N’ Pub to raise as much money for the Believe in Tomorrow Respite House. Admission is free and there will be a variety of contests, mystery boxes and other activities available.
For more information about this event, call Littleton at 443-978-0680
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.
“I’m starting to see a lot of the events that are being planned that are coming up,” Littleton said. “I’m so excited. I think they’re doing a great job.”
The money raised from this year’s Prom will aid in the development of the new Believe in Tomorrow Respite House being built on 65th Street.
Littleton has been impressed with the candidates’ efforts so far.
While the official groundbreaking for the 65th Street Respite House took place on Aug.15, Littleton estimates construction will not begin for the project until February.
“Everything is progressing a little slower than I had hoped, but we’re waiting for a couple of permits,” he said. “This is the first time we’ve ever really built a building exactly how we want it. We want top-of-the-line stuff or as close to top of line stuff we can get.”
Learn more about Believe in Tomorrow at http://believeintomorrow.org or vote for your favorite Believe in Tomorrow candidate at https://believeintomorrow.rallybound.org/prom or call Littleton at 443-978-0680.