The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) is excited to announce several exciting changes to the 14th Red Ball presented by Independence Blue Cross on March 8th at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.
Food Network Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli will be on hand to help judge the restaurant competition and interact with fans. Catelli Duo of Voorhess, NJ will be the exclusive caterer for the VIP room. For the first time, the Carousel House on the Main Event floor will feature a beer garden, including some of the region’s finest microbreweries.
About a 1,000 of Philadelphia’s social, civic, and business leaders are expected to attend this “red-tie” event featuring cuisine from 25 of the finest restaurants in our area, dancing to live music, and an unrivaled silent auction and raffle. For the second straight year, the VIP Lounge will be the entire lower level and will have its own entrance. For the first time, Howl at the Moon dueling pianos will provide the musical entertainment in the VIP room. VIP guests will also enjoy private top-shelf open bar and a cigar bar. Main Event guests will dance the night away to CTO Band in the ballroom or listen to jazz played by Gerald Veasley in the beautiful Carousel House.
The 2014 Red Ball will once again include the 4th annual Red Ball Restaurant Competition, allowing guests to vote for their favorite food for an award at the end of the night. Guests will have access to all the museum’s exhibits and can bid on fantastic auction items, including a guitar autographed by Taylor Swift.
All proceeds from The Red Ball benefit disaster relief and Red Cross House – The Center for Disaster Recovery, a one-of-a-kind short-term housing facility in University City. Every year, hundreds of local families find refuge at this facility and begin their recovery from fires, floods, and other disasters. Red Cross House is a model for disaster recovery nationwide. It offers families a stable and supportive environment while they work to rebuild their lives. Since opening its doors in April 2003, Red Cross House has been called “home” by more than 10,000 people who had no place else to turn in their greatest time of need.
WOGL 98.1 FM and KYW Newsradio 1060 are the official radio sponsors of Red Ball. NBC 10’s Deanna Durante and Keith Jones will help co-host the festivities.
A limited number of VIP tickets will be available and sell out every year. VIP tickets are $350 each. Main Event tickets are $225 each, with discounts for people under 30. Visit theredball.org for tickets and sponsorship details and follow #RedBall, for great information and photos leading up to and during the event.
About the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies
about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org and redcrossphilly.org and follow us on Twitter at @RedCross and @redcrossphilly.