The Denim Ball raises more than $115,000

Thanks to all the guests who helped us raise much-needed funds for Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on August 6.

Photo by Kathryn Ray Photography

The Denim Ball Emily Stallings and Billie Howell.jpg

Emily Stallings and Billie Howell at The Denim Ball Emily Stallings and Billie Howell at The Denim Ball on August 6. Photo by Kathryn Ray Photography.
August 9, 2016

We had such a wonderful time during The Denim Ball! From the gorgeous setting by the lake at Chetola Resort to fantastic denim outfits and the lively music by The Lucky Strikes Orchestra, the evening was a blast. It was also a great success for the future of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Thanks to your generosity, more than $115,000 was raised to support the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s efforts to rehabilitate the former estate of Moses and Bertha Cone on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

During the sold-out event, we were thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor had come forward to match the participants’ pledges, dollar for dollar, up to $300,000. There is still time to give! Any donations designated for the estate over the next few months will go toward this matching challenge.


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 estate remains a cultural treasure and tourist destination that stimulates the local economy.

Planning has already begun for the 2017 Denim Ball! We can’t wait to see you all there as we continue our efforts to remake history at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to the Denim Ball committee members: Anne Barnes, Marcia Greene, Billie Howell, Deborah McDowell, Karen Robertson, and Emily Stallings.

The Denim Ball was sponsored by Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins, Cone Health, WNCW 88.7 FM, The Cemala Foundation and Blowing Rock Furniture Gallery.

Thank you to all the individuals and businesses that donated items to the silent auction: Aloft Asheville Downtown, Appalachian Ski Mountain, Inc., Basil’s Market Fresh Pasta & Deli, The Best Cellar, Biltmore Company, Bistro Roca Antlers Bar, Blue Ridge Music Center, Blowing Rock Market, Boone Golf Club, Bruce’s Fabulous Foods, Burton Photography, Canyons, Noyes Capehart, Carroll Leather Goods, Casa Rustica Restaurant, Nan Chase, Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, Bob Clark, CoBo Sushi Bar and Bistro, Creation Kingdom Zoo, Dale Forrest Photography, Dollywood, Ensemble Stage, Fairway Cafe at Boone Golf Club, Broaddus Fitzpatrick, Foggy Rock Eatery, Footsloggers of Blowing Rock, Gideon Ridge Inn, Silvie Granatelli, Grandfather Mountain, Grayson Natural Farms, Hawksnest, High Country Host, High Gravity Adventures, High Mountain Expeditions, Inn at Little Pond Farm, The Inn at Ragged Garden, Jenkins Rentals of Blowing Rock, Jo Ridge Kelly, Kilwin’s Chocolates, Tim Larson, Linville Falls Winery, Lost Province Brewing Company, Mellow Mushroom, Scott Millar, Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins, Peaks of Otter Lodge, The Peddler Steak House, Primland golf resort, Proper, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Red Onion Café, The Rug Company, Scott Ramsey Photography, Bee Sieburg, Stick Boy Bread Company, Cynthia & Bill Tessien, Bob Timberlake, Tweetsie Railroad, UNC School of the Arts, Vidalia Restaurant, Village Café, Tim Vines, WNC Magazine.

All photos by Kathryn Ray Photography + Videography.