Friday, May 20, 2011

MANNA FoodBank Hosts the 12th Annual Blue Jean Ball

The theme for this year’s ball is “Many Hands Moving Mountains.”

The ball will be held on Saturday June 4th at 7pm. Tickets to the Blue Jean Ball went on sale May 1st. Be sure to get yours before they sell out.  Hit the Donate Now Button on our homepage and follow instructions! Tickets and event information will be mailed to you by May 30.

Held on the campus of MANNA FoodBank at 627 Swannanoa River Road in East Asheville and MC’d by Darcel Grimes.  Directions to MANNA FoodBank.

Live music by The Common Saints , Peggy Ratusz , Aaron LaFalce , and the Cafe String Quartet .

Party starts at 7 pm and goes till 11!

•Biltmore Estate
•Corner Kitchen
•Cucina 24
•Bonefish Grill
•The Lobster Trap
•Red Stag Grill-Grand Bohemian
•Mountain City Coffee Roasters
•Village Wayside Bar & Grille
•Cafe Azalea
•Edible Arrangements
•Food Experience
•Luella’s BBQ
•Rosetta’s Kitchen
•Tupelo Honey
•Carmel’s Kitchen
•Frankie Bones
•Tiffany’s Baking Co.
•Ultimate Ice Cream
•Grove Park Inn-Horizons
•Neo Cantino

Why The Blue Jean Ball and Stamp Out Hunger Food Drives are so important.
Posted on 5/12/11 on MANNA FoodBank blog.
As we approach the midpoint in our calendar year, we’re steadily realizing that hunger and food insecurity retain a firm grip on our neighbors in WNC. I spoke with a gentleman the other day who had been laid off by his firm – a man who had sustained a good living for most of his life and had never had to ask for help, and never thought he would.

Then he found himself in line at one of MANNA’s partner agencies, to get a box of food to get him by, but hopeful that his recent job interview would pan out.

Another woman at the pantry was on a fixed income, but her children had returned home with grandchildren because the job market had also affected them. As I was helping to load her food into her car, I noticed bags of aluminum cans in her trunk. “I’m gonna turn those in and hopefully get $20. Every little bit helps.”

These are the stories of 1 in 6 of our neighbors in Western North Carolina seeking food assistance.

The good news is that hunger has a cure. And it’s every single one of you reading this blog post.

This weekend, you can help by placing canned goods by your mailbox for your local mail carrier to retrieve and bring back to MANNA.

On Saturday June 4th, you can help by attending MANNA’s 12th Annual Blue Jean Ball. This year’s theme is “many hands moving mountains.” We need your hands to help. Tickets are on sale now and you can buy yours here. The Blue Jean Ball is a signature Asheville event featuring some of the best music and food in town. All details about the Ball can be found here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance for being willing to take action to improve all of our Western North Carolina communities.

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