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Event to benefit BIT Children’s Foundation Respite House Prog.

(May 3, 2013) Watch the 139th annual Kentucky Derby this Saturday at Hooper’s Crab House and pick the winning horse for the chance to take home prizes, all while helping to raise money for Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Respite Housing Program.

The benefit will take place from 3-7 p.m. under the tent in the parking lot of the West Ocean City restaurant, located at the foot of the Route 50 bridge. Televisions will be set up so guests can view the race.

The event is for the whole family. The cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For children 12 and younger, the cost is $15.

Admission cost includes an assortment of food, such as steamed shrimp, crab balls, pulled pork, salad, cream of crab soup and derby pie. There will also be a steamship round carving station, and Sweet Disposition will provide dessert.

In addition, there will also be a cash bar, music, trivia contest and a 50/50 raffle. Don’t forget to wear a fun, festive hat. The Best Hat and Most Creative design will win prizes.

For the children, there will be games, face painting and a magic show presented by John Donaldson.

Guests will have the opportunity to bet on the horse race for the chance to win prizes. For example, if a person bets $1 and his horse with 4:1 odds wins, he will receive four tickets for a Chinese auction. If that person bets $20, he will receive 80 tickets.

Winners may then place their tickets into a container next to the prizes they want to win.

“There’s going to be some nice prizes,” said Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Beach Respite Housing Program.

Some of the prizes up for grabs include an iPad, a two-night stay at Coconut Malorie on 59th Street in Ocean City, dinner for 10 people at Sunset Grille in West Ocean City and a dinner package from Hooper’s.

“I’ve been wanting to do this type of event for about 12 years, but I never found the right location for it,” Littleton said. “I think it will be a fun day. If everybody has fun, then I have the chance to make it grow. Hopefully, this will be a yearly event.”

Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Respite Housing Program provides critically ill children and their families a much-needed getaway to the beach from the everyday stresses of a child’s medical illness.

The resort facilities include a four-unit apartment building on 66th Street; a house on the bay at 28th Street — the first respite house in the country to focus on the needs of military pediatrics — and a townhouse in Fenwick Island, Del.

Rarely is there a time when the facilities are empty. Six families fill the houses each week throughout the summer, typically from mid-May through September. In the off-season — the winter, spring and fall — at least three or four families on average stay at the facilities each week.

Last year, approximately 176 families vacationed at the houses, Littleton said.

Proceeds from the May 4, event will help fund activities such as weekly cookouts for the children and their families who stay at one of the houses.

For additional information, call Littleton at 410-723-2842 or Hooper’s Crab House at 410-213-1771.

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