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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Half a century ago, a handful of Greensboro congregations sat down in the basement of Grace United Methodist Church with a question: How can we work together to better serve those in our community who are hurting and in need? To Celebrate – The Blue Jean Ball.

Agency marks half a century of service to the greater Greensboro community

From that conversation and the work of thousands of volunteers over the years, the Greensboro Urban Ministry was born and raised up as the community’s largest grassroots agency fighting hunger, homelessness and poverty in the greater Greensboro area.

Greensboro Urban Ministry will celebrate its 50th anniversary with A Blue Jean Ball from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26 at The Colonnade at Revolution Mill Events Center, 1000 Revolution Mill Drive.

Tickets are limited and on sale now. Tickets are a minimum donation of $50 each and include live music, light fare and one drink. Friend sponsorships of $500 are available and include two tickets to the event.

Tracey McCain of News 2, one of the Ball’s Honorary Co-Chairs, will emcee the event. Turner Battle and Friends will bring a retro vibe with ‘60s and ‘70s dance music. Blue jean attire is appropriate and cash bar will be available.

A Blue Jean Ball is generously sponsored by a number of Greensboro partners. Wrangler is Presenting Sponsor for the event.

Other sponsors include:

·         Venue and Catering Sponsors: Revolution Mill and Pepper Moon Catering

·         Sustaining Sponsor: Bank of America / U.S. Trust

·         Community Sponsors: Brooks Pierce, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Dr. Michael J. Mango DDS, Flow Buick GMC, Guilford Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center and Piedmont Graphics.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.greensborourbanministry.org/events, or call Greensboro Urban Ministry at (336) 271-5959.

Event honorary co-chairs are Kitty and Gary Kellogg, Susan and Jim Phillips, Carolynn and Tim Rice, Jodi and Rob Rose, and Tracey McCain and Jaron Barbee.

Greensboro Urban Ministry provided the following services last year with the community’s generous donation and volunteer support:

·         Distributed 1,343,899 pounds of food

·         Provided 21,776 households with emergency food assistance and 871 households with financial assistance, including rent and utility payments

·         Sheltered 701 men and women at Weaver House and Weaver Extension (WE) sites, and 58 families with children at Pathways Center

·         Served 207,311 meals through Potter’s House Community Kitchen

·         Helped 146 households find new homes after experiencing homelessness through case management and financial assistance services

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