Spa fundraiser on April 9 to benefit Justin’s Beach House


How would you like to treat yourself to a relaxing spa night, all for a good cause? Local spas and salons are partnering for the first annual Beauty for the Beach House fundraiser, in memory of Elizabeth Shoemaker and benefiting Justin’s Beach House.

AfterGlo, All About U!, La Vita Bella, Studio 26, plus Mind, Body and Sole will treat people to a night of beauty and fun at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green in Ocean View on Tuesday, April 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Guests can enjoy a night of pampering at different stations: hair extensions by Studio 26; hand scrubs by All About U!; makeup by AfterGlo; foot detox and Reike by Mind, Body and Sole; chair massage and Dermalogica face mapping by La Vita Bella.

Entertainment will include a fashion show by Blooming Boutique and live music. Jewelry by Silpada will be available for sale.

Several companies will donate a portion of their sales to Justin’s Beach House.

Guests may also feel pampered while snacking on butlered hors d’oeuvres by DiFebo’s Bistro. A portion of sales from the cash bar will be donated as well.

Besides the salon and spa treatments, people can go home with goodies if they’re the lucky winners of door prizes, a Chinese auction and a drawing for a 50” television.

“We hope that it’s successful, that everyone has a great time so we can do it again next year, and it’ll get bigger and better,” said Lois Saraceni, event coordinator and owner of La Vita Bella owner.

This fundraiser was born within the Everything Events subgroup of Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, which promotes partnership among local businesses. Several businesses wanted to do something unique to benefit Justin’s Beach House, a Bethany Beach respite house that offers a free and relaxing retreat for nearly 40 families dealing with cancer, named for a young man who passed away from cancer in 2000.

“I like what they do for the families with cancer. My brother died from same disease as Justin [for whom the house was named], and I saw what it did,” said Saraceni of her own brother, Ken Dengel. “You can get a break from that. This beach house is a great thing.”

Shoemaker was an 18-year-old Bethany Beach resident who passed away from Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008.

People and businesses that want to help in other ways can donate door prizes, Chinese raffle items or direct funds. Checks can be made to Beauty for the Beach House.

“I think it’s going to be a great time for a great cause. So please come and join us,” said Saraceni.

She recommended purchasing tickets early, which cost $30 in advance, but will be $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at any of the five participating spa/salons or at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green. For more information, contact coordinator Lois Saraceni at (302) 858-1861 or (302) 616-1014.