(Oct. 24, 2014) Supporters can get a sneak peak of what’s in store for Believe in Tomorrow’s second annual “Prom Night” fundraiser at its kickoff party tomorrow, Saturday.
The celebration at Hooters in West Ocean City launches at 8 p.m., when volunteers and members of the prom court will be on hand to answer questions and get to know attendees.
There is no charge to attend the party, which will feature Hooters’ regular ladies night specials, light fare and tunes by DJ BK. Tickets will also go on sale for Prom Night, a fundraiser slated for Saturday, Feb. 7.
“We want people to know about the event,” said Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Beach Respite Housing Program. “It’s a casual, fun night to try to get the prom court all motivated and to explain what we’re doing.”
Last year’s inaugural Prom Night was a sell-out success, raising more than $50,000 to help Believe in Tomorrow replace its heating and cooling system and continue providing critically ill children and their families a weeklong retreat to the beach and away from the everyday stresses of a child’s illness.
In addition to ticket sales, the event raised money through ballots cast for the prom king and queen at $1 per vote.
“Our goal was to get people there and to really make money off our prom court,” Littleton said. “It was unbelievable. It was a very, very nice surprise. I would’ve been happy with $10,000… to help replace our heating system. We cleared $50,000.”
The motivated court of 10 local prom king and queen nominees did individual fundraising leading up to the event. Jill Ferrante, of Park Place Jewelers, took home the tiara, raising more than $10,000 through guest night bartending at the Greene Turtle on 116th Street in Ocean City and other donations. Mark Odachowski, of Royal Plus, took home the title of Prom King. He also raised about $10,000.
This year’s court includes prom king nominees Jason Eade, of Shenanigan’s Irish Pub; Danny Robinson, of Pickles Pub; Todd Dundore, of American Granite and Tile; Jason Gulshen, general manager at the Holiday Inn; and DJ Shirk, from Seacrets.
Queen nominees include Jackie Siejack, of Chesapeake Employer’s Insurance Company; Emily Harrison, membership director of Phi Mu Phi Delta; Brittany Raeubber, of Hooters; and Tiffany Miller, of Salisbury Private School, with one spot still open.
Guests can meet the court and enjoy a night out at the Prom Night kickoff party tomorrow. They can also purchase tickets for $30 each to the prom on Feb. 7.
Prom Night will be similar to last year, with food, happy hour drink specials, auctions, the “duck pond” with prizes and ballots cast to determine who will take home the prom king and queen titles. The event is capped around 180 attendees and tickets sold out early last year, so attendees must buy tickets in advance.
Littleton hopes to replace the 66th Street Believe in Tomorrow house’s deck with funds raised this year.
“It just fell into place last year and I’m hoping it does this year, too,” he said. “It was just a fun night.”
Stop by the kickoff party with no cover charge from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, at Hooters in West Ocean City.
Visit www.believeintomorrow. org/housing_bythesea.html to learn more about Believe in Tomorrow’s House by the Sea.