John Hanson, co-host of “The John & Charlie Show” on WJBR-99.5 FM, joins “An Affair to Remember: Brunch at the Blue Ball Barn” as emcee. The annual brunch event, which benefits the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, will take place Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 11:30am to 2:30pm at The Blue Ball Barn, 1914 West Park Drive at Alapocas Run State Park in Wilmington, Delaware.
“An Affair to Remember: Brunch at the Blue Ball Barn” will feature a silent auction, along with an array of delectable brunch items, chilled champagne drinks, and live musical entertainment provided by the Philadelphia String Quartet.
Guests will have an opportunity to bid on unique merchandise or experiences such as, a three-month “Scarf of the Month” package donated by four-time “Philly’s Hottest Accessories” winner, Style Studio by Lulu, of Wilmington, which includes a Style Studio gift card, a shopping bag, and bonus scarf. Other auction items up for grabs, are a one-week stay at a spectacular Wildwood Crest shore home, a Walnut Street Theatre package including an overnight stay in Philadelphia, and many others.
Returning to “An Affair to Remember” this year, is the popular “Diamond Raffle,” featuring a sparkling certified half-carat diamond, generously donated by Carl Doubet Jewelers. The diamond will be awarded to one lucky guest at the end of the affair. Not only that, nearly 50 raffle winners will walk away with their own Doubet-donated diamond-like cubic zirconia.
Brunch-goers will also be able to duck into Lightwork Photography’s photo booth to snap a special memory to take home.
“We anticipate this year’s ‘An Affair to Remember’ will be even more special, especially since we’re having it at the Blue Ball Barn for the first time,” says Katie Macklin, the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter’s Executive Director Delaware. “Our guests will be able to walk around and explore the venue’s unique gallery exhibits and special collections.”
The Blue Ball Barn, first built and owned by Alfred I. duPont in 1914 for his new dairy farm, is now a popular Delaware State Parks tourist attraction. Its name stems from the Blue Ball Tavern and innkeepers' version of hailing a cab in the 18th and 19th centuries - hoisting a pole with a blue ball attached, along stagecoach routes to alert operators guests were in need of transportation.
During this year’s “An Affair to Remember: Brunch at the Blue Ball Barn,” guests will also learn how their generous donations from ticket sales and the silent auction will help the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter fund research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the numerous programs and services it provides to as many as 26,000 Delawareans affected by Alzheimer’s or a related disorder, such as, the Chapter’s 24/7 Helpline, 800-272-3900, MedicAlert® + Safe Return®, caregiver support groups, and early-stage programs.
More than five million people in the United States are affected by Alzheimer’s. The degenerative brain disease has no cure, effective treatment, or way to prevent it. The Alzheimer’s Association projects the number will triple by the year 2050, unless there is a major medical breakthrough.