The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is delighted to host the second annual Denim Ball at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, at Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock. Guests are invited to enjoy an enchanting evening by the lake while supporting restoration efforts at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park at milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The fundraiser will include dinner, drinks, and dancing to the music of The Lucky Strikes Orchestra, plus a live and silent auction. Featured items up for bid include a VIP Cone Estate experience with a carriage ride for four and four-course meal, a two-night stay at Anvil Rock Cottage (also known as Charles Kuralt Cabin) at Grandfather Mountain, a Love Blowing Rock shopping spree valued at more than $1,000, a handmade denim quilt by Georgia Bonesteel, host of the television series Lap Quilting, among many other fantastic offerings.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is a recreational and historical resource for visitors from across the globe and residents of the North Carolina High Country. Unfortunately, the 3,500-acre estate faces critical maintenance issues due to shortfalls in funding from the federal government. The park requires private financial support to supplement the National Park Service’s budget. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is committed to ensuring the park remains a cultural treasure and tourist destination that stimulates the local economy.
Funds raised during the inaugural event are already bringing about positive changes at the estate. This spring, a crew replaced the leaking flat roof at Cone Manor, and a youth team with the American Conservation Experience began clearing overgrown trees and brush along the carriage trails. The Foundation is halfway to its goal of $3 million for repairs and improvements that will also include fixing the historic stone walls, replacing and painting exterior wooden components of the manor, and improved parking areas.
The Denim Ball is sponsored by Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority, Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, Cone Health, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, and Mountainaire Inn & Cabins.
Dressy denim attire is encouraged, and the festivities include prizes for the most creative denim outfits. Tickets are $100, and a portion of the price is tax-deductible. For tickets, visit brpfoundation.org/thedenimball or call 866-308-2773, ext. 245.