15th Annual Blue Jeans Ball

The Blue Jeans Ball is the Capital Area Food Bank’s largest annual fundraiser, featuring savory and sweet tasting stations, craft cocktails, live and silent auctions, and terrific live music. The Ball is consistently ranked one of the area’s premier charity events by BizBash, the Washingtonian, and others. This year’s event will take place in downtown DC at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 6-9 p.m.

What makes this the best ball in town? In addition to being an amazing party, all proceeds go to helping families in need get the food they need to thrive.  Now in our 15th year, our goal in 2018 is to raise $500,000 to provide 1.25 million meals to our region’s mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and grandparents.

Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, this event is currently SOLD OUT! But there’s still more work to be done. In the Washington area, 700,000 residents are at risk of hunger: that’s 16% of the region. You can still donate to the food bank in support of Blue Jeans Ball to help us provide over 1 million meals to those in need. Will you join us?

Blue Jeans Ball Host Committee Chair: Valerie Mallett

Valerie G. Mallett is honored to serve as the Chair of the Organizing Committee of this year’s Blue Jeans Ball. She has over 25 years’ experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors on a wide range of issues. Recently, she served a member the District of Columbia Library Board of Trustees, where she chaired the Performance Oversight Committee and provided leadership in helping to transform the D.C.’s library system into a world-class system. As Director of External Affairs at Pfizer Inc, she was responsible for broadening and diversifying the base of support for the world’s largest pharmaceutical research company. Prior to that, she served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Promotion Services in the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service, a worldwide network of domestic and international offices dedicated to helping U.S. companies compete in the global marketplace. Earlier in her career, Valerie practiced law at Leonard, Street and Deinard in Minneapolis and clerked for Judge Gerald W. Heaney on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She was a legislative staff aide to Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Albert Gore Jr. Valerie has a strong and abiding interest in politics and the political process, an interest she attributes significantly to her father, John A. Blatnik, who represented Minnesota’s 8th District in the U.S. Congress from 1946-1974.

Valerie graduated from the University of Virginia and obtained her law degree from Georgetown University. She lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and son, and embraces happily and passionately every chance she has in her spare time to cook and be with family and friends.


Learn About Sponsorship Opportunities!


Sign Up To Be A Blue Jeans Ball Restaurant!

For additional questions about becoming a participating restaurant at Blue Jeans Ball, please contact Liz at ekulig@capitalareafoodbank.org or at (202) 644-9882.


Sign Up To Be A Blue Jeans Ball Mixologist!

For additional questions about becoming a participating mixologist at Blue Jeans Ball, please contact Maria at mbooker@capitalareafoodbank.org or at (202) 644-9809.


For additional questions about becoming an auction donor at Blue Jeans Ball, please contact Liz at ekulig@capitalareafoodbank.org or at (202) 644-9882.