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Join us on Saturday, June 2, 2018, for MANNA FoodBank’s biggest bash of the year — the 19th Annual Blue Jean Ball: ALOHA from the SWAN-NA-NO-A!

Blue Jean Ball is MANNA’s annual “party for a purpose,” with all proceeds benefitting MANNA’s daily work to provide food to thousands of families across Western North Carolina that are struggling to make ends meet. With every dollar raised, MANNA can provide the food for 3.5 meals… your very presence is valuable! So, come party with us. Whether you dress for our theme, wear jeans, or dress like a queen, you can have a great time knowing you are helping provide the most basic necessity in life: food!

Hang Loose with Friends at the Best Outdoor Party of the Year

This annual sell-out event on the sunny shores of MANNA’s waterfront campus along the Swannanoa River features small plate grazing from 20 favorite local restaurants, an open bar with great selections of beer and wine from Empire Distributing, and an amazing live band that keeps the dance floor packed all night long! Tickets move fast, so don’t wait!

Grab your Longboard and catch a wave to MANNA!

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Blue Jean Ball: Shaka at the Luau!

Hang Ten on the Dance Floor

The dance floor is the place to be at Blue Jean Ball! This year, we have a special treat: Vocalist Michelle Amato—who has toured and recorded with numerous artists, including Quincy Jones, Jon Secada, Liza Minnelli, Al Green, Sandi Patty, Jon Hendricks, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald, and more—will front an all-star lineup of musicians for a band formed just for this event! These incredible artists will keep your on your feet with an energetic, party-perfect mix of the best dance music.

Blue Jean Ball

Michelle Amato and High Tide is a special collaboration with the area’s top local musicians: Jason DeCristofaro on drums, Jaime Warren on trombone, Jaime Berlyn on baritone saxophone, Woody Dotson on trumpet, Tyler Kittle on tenor saxophone, Tim Doyle on guitar, and Mike Fillippone on bass.

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  • Blue Jean Ball

Island Flavors to Fuel Your Hula

All party guests are treated to the best small plates from the area’s top chefs! Each chef creates an original mini menu with our theme in mind, so prepare to feast on some delectable tropical treats with your fellow island hoppers!

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COCONUT TOPS, GRASS SKIRTS AND LUAU SHIRTS! Island & Beachwear Attire

Get into the tropical mood and win prizes! This year, we will be handing out prizes for the best hula attire, gnarly surfer, island-hopping tourist, or island royalty—or surprise us! (Grass skirts and coconut bikinis are optional.)

  • Chestnut Restaurant
  • Rhubarb Restaurant

Tickets are $95

General admission tickets for Blue Jean Ball are all-inclusive: food and beverages, entertainment, and shuttle service to and from the event from the designated parking area at the WNC Nature Center. Tickets will sell out, so don’t wait!

21 and Older Only

This soiree is only for people age 21 and over. (We will check IDs for all attendees in compliance with ABC regulations.)

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  • Blue Jean Ball
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Culinary Sponsors

  • Ambrozia
  • Biltmore
  • Biscuit Head
  • Bouchon
  • The Cantina
  • Carmel's
  • The Chef's Kitchen
  • Chestnut
  • The Corner Kitchen
  • French Broad Chocolate Lounge
  • Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Resort
  • The Lobster Trap
  • Luella's BBQ
  • Mountain City Coffee Roasters
  • PF Chang's
  • Posana
  • Red Stag Grill
  • Rezaz
  • Rosetta's Kitchen
  • Twisted Laurel
  • Ultimate Ice Cream
  • Webo's BBQ
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Platinum Sponsors

  • Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
  • iHeart Media Asheville
  • Asheville Citizen-Times
  • Empire Distributors of North Carolina, Inc.
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Gold Sponsors

  • Anurja Interactive
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • The Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village
  • Food Lion
  • Louise T. and Patrick L. O'Connor
  • Mosaix Group
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling of Asheville
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Silver Sponsors

  • Adapt Public Relations
  • Alsco
  • Beach Hensley Homes
  • The Biltmore Company
  • Classic Event Rentals
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Givens Estates
  • Inform Systems
  • Ingles Markets
  • Jason DeCristofaro Music
  • Lamar Advertising Company
  • Mast General Store
  • Mike Brown Subaru
  • Montford Park Players
  • Publix
  • RHA Health Services
  • Sona Pharmacy + Clinic
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Copper Sponsors