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Hooters fundraiser to help local respite program acquire elevator

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

(Nov. 2, 2012) Believe In Tomorrow House By The Sea on 66th Street is in need of a full-service elevator. A Nov. 7 event at Hooters in West Ocean City aims to raise funds for that project.

Wednesday’s party will take place from 6-9 p.m. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased by calling Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Beach Respite Housing Program.

Tickets will also be available at the door that evening. Admission cost includes domestic draft beer, wings, pulled pork, salad, meatballs and fish and chips. There will also be live music, a silent auction, 50/50 drawing and raffles.

“It’s going to be a fun evening,” Littleton said. “Whatever we raise will go to the elevator fund.”

The project is expected to cost between $30,000 and $40,000, Littleton said. Approximately $15,000 has been raised so far.

“We’ll get there. We need a full-service elevator,” he said. “It’s a lot more efficient than what we have now.”

The 66th Street four-unit apartment building currently has a wheelchair lift. Because it is exposed to the salt air, the lift is prone to mechanical issues and rust, Littleton said. The lift only goes up to the first floor of the facility so just one unit is handicap accessible. With a fullservice elevator, the three units on the second floor will be handicap accessible, as well.

At this time, a hole has been dug for the new elevator and concrete blocks surround the base.

Those who can’t make the Nov. 7 event and still want to donate money, services, labor or materials should call Littleton at 410-723-2842.

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.

There are three resort facilities: the 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. Approximately 80 families (between 300 and 400 people) stayed at one of the houses from Memorial Day through Labor Day this summer.

In the off-season — the winter, spring and fall — at least three or four families on average stay at the facilities each week.

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