Walk around our warehouse in Newark and you’ll see traces of what will soon look like a disco straight out of the Saturday Night Fever movie! We have a large sketch of a John Travolta’s signature pose in our isolation room, disco lights have been hung for testing and our warehouse department is busy getting the warehouse in tip-top shape for our Saturday Night Fever Blue Jean Ball!
We will host our annual signature event on Saturday, October 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in our Newark warehouse at 14 Garfield Way in the Delaware Industrial Park.
Guests can leave their black tie gala attire at home for this annual event. Blue Jean Ball attendees are asked to don their favorite blue jeans or hippest outfits for a night at the disco. This year’s theme will take guests back to the disco days; the food bank’s 33,000-square-foot warehouse will be transformed into a space reminiscent of the Saturday Night Fever dance floor. Special to this year’s event – stylists from Cielo Spa and Salon will be on hand for mini disco makeovers – think glitter makeup and feathered blowouts for the ladies and pompadours for men! (Donations to the Food Bank will be accepted for these beauty services!)
The Blue Jean Ball is held each year to raise awareness of the acute problem of hunger in Delaware and the important role the Food Bank plays in combating hunger, as well as its root cause – poverty.
The evening will feature beer and wine and fine cuisine prepared by the Food Bank of Delaware’s Executive Chef, Tim Hunter, Chef Instructor, Mark Saunders, and students from The Culinary School. The evening’s menu includes popular foods from the era such as mini monte cristo sandwiches, ambrosia salad, lamb chops with minted demi-glace, a gourmet “shake-n-bake” chicken, salmon, rice-a-roni, macaroni and cheese and more.
Live entertainment will be provided by Strangers, the area’s newest party band. Guests will also have an opportunity to bid on a wide selection of items during the silent auction, including a trip to Hawaii.
“Nearly one in four Delawareans depend on our emergency food assistance services,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We meet thousands of families who oftentimes are faced with the difficult decision of buying groceries or paying their rent or mortgage, and seniors who must choose between buying food and paying for their medications. The funds raised from this year’s Blue Jean Ball will help us provide emergency food so families and individuals aren’t forced to choose between food and other basic necessities.”
By utilizing the warehouse space and the culinary skills of students and its staff of chefs, we are able to significantly reduce costs. Last year, close to 90 percent of event proceeds went directly back to our hunger-relief efforts.
Be sure to get your tickets soon for the funkiest party in town! Tickets are available for $100/person and $1,000/table of ten. Tickets may be purchased by calling (302) 444-8074 or by visiting www.fbdbluejeanball.org. See you on the dance floor!