Ocean City Today

Prom court raises nearly $100K for BIT organization

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Feb 08, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Members of Believe in Tomorrow’s fifth annual “Prohibition Party” Prom Night, from left, Erin Phillips, Stefanie Lundmark, Jeremy Brink, Austin Gerachis, Jessica Jersey, Frankie Schmidt and EJ Foxx gather for a photo at Seacrets on 49th Street last Saturday. Maria McEvoy was unable to attend.

(Feb. 9, 2018) About 330 people came festively dressed in 1920s attire to Believe in Tomorrow’s fifth annual “Prohibition Party” Prom Night fundraiser at Seacrets on 49th Street, last Saturday.

Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Beach Respite Housing Program said the goal was to raise $100,000. The eight-member prom court, which included three men and five women, collected $99,609.72. They raised funds by hosting events over the last few months as well as raffles.

“I’m very proud of them. The court was just phenomenal,” Littleton said. “They worked really hard. They continued to work until 9 p.m. that night to raise money.”

Frankie Schmidt, of Alexander & Tom Digital in Baltimore, collected more than $24,000 and was named prom king. Jessica Jersey, who works for a local real estate company, raised about $17,000 to earn the title of prom queen.

Littleton said on Monday that he expects to reach the $100,000 goal as money generated from the various auctions and raffles that night is still being counted.

“We did very well. It was a fun night,” he said. “I expect this event to just grow and grow.”

The Believe in Tomorrow facility on 66th Street is open year-round to provide a free getaway to the beach for critically ill children and their families. Fundraisers such as Prom Night help to provide essential week-long excursions to the house.

Proceeds from Prom Night will go toward renovations of the new beach cottage Believe in Tomorrow acquired on 65th Street in 2016. The new location will serve military pediatric families, larger groups that may require the assistance of medical support or extended families because of a child’s illness and end-of-life circumstances.

For more information, visit www. believeintomorrow.org.

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