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Join us on Saturday, June 3, 2017, for MANNA FoodBank’s biggest bash of the year — the 18th Annual Blue Jean Ball: PIRATES of the SWANNANOA.

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!

Gather Ye’ Mates for A Rollicking Night On the Banks o’ the Swanny! (Translation: This party will be the bee’s knees.)

This annual sell-out event at MANNA’s campus along the Swannanoa River features all the small plates you can eat 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 hopping all night long! Tickets move fast, so don’t wait!

Raise the Jolly Roger and Set Sail for Port MANNA!

Blue Jean Ball: Pirates of the Swannanoa

Shake Ye’ Booty on the Dance Floor (Translation: Dance the Night Away)

The dance floor is the place to be at Blue Jean Ball! This year, we have a special treat: Singer 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 rock, funk, soul and dance music.

Blue Jean Ball

Michelle Amato and the Booty is a special collaboration with the area’s top local musicians: Jason DeCristofaro on drums, Jaime Warren on trombone, Frank Southecorvo on baritone saxophone, Woody Dotson on trumpet, Tyler Kittle on tenor saxophone, Tim Doyle on guitar, Mike Fillippone on bass and vocals, and Cameron Nixon on keyboards.

  • Blue Jean Ball
  • Blue Jean Ball

The Finest Grub to Shiver Ye’ Tasters (Translation: Excellent Food to Delight the Palate)

All party guests are treated to the best small bites from over 20 of the area’s top chefs! Each restaurant creates an original mini menu with our theme in mind, so prepare to devour all tha’ small plates from yon’ fancy cooks ye’ can handle! Y’arrrr!

Blue Jean Ball

YO HO HO! Treasure to Tempt All Ye’ Rascals and Bonnie Lasses (Translation: Attention! Prizes!)

Get into the theme, and win prizes! This year, we will be handing out prizes for the most innovative Swashbuckler and Feisty Lass attire, the best pirate growl, and who knows: maybe even a moonwalk-the-plank dance off! Come with a fun, can-do-anything mentality, and you might leave with some hefty booty!

  • 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!

Mates 21 and Older Only

This soiree is only for swashbucklers salty enough to handle their grog (legally). IDs will be checked at the door for anyone appearing a bit too wet behind the ears. (Translation: We will check IDs for all attendees in compliance with ABC regulations.)

  • Blue Jean Ball
  • 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