Food Finders Food Bank and Valeo Financial Advisors announce fourth annual Blue Jean Ball

Annual event raises crucial operating funds to support the food bank

Lafayette, IN – Food Finders Food Bank announced today that the food bank will host its fourth annual Blue Jean Ball on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The Blue Jean Ball, presented by Valeo Financial Advisors, in partnership with the Purdue University College of Agriculture, is the signature event that solely benefits the food bank. The ball increases community awareness and raises much-needed funds to ensure the food bank continues to address the essential needs of our food-insecure population.

“In addition to enjoying a fun evening and taking home great auction items, Blue Jean Ball guests have the opportunity to support a worthy cause,” says Katy Bunder, CEO at Food Finders Food Bank. “The support of our community is more important this year than ever before as the food bank prepares to move into new buildings and expand our program outreach efforts to better serve our community.”

The food bank distributes more than seven million pounds of food annually to 86,000 Hoosiers through the combined efforts of 160 nonprofit organizations and the food bank’s direct service programs; BackPack, Mobile Pantry, Senior Grocery and Summer Food Service.

Since its inaugural event in 2013, the Blue Jean Ball has raised more than $146,000 specifically towards the operating funds needed to continue Food Finders’ mission of alleviating hunger. The food bank has used recent proceeds to help grow its existing direct-service programs. Thanks to the generosity of community sponsors, all of the ticket and auction proceeds directly benefit the food bank.

“Valeo Financial Advisors is proud to partner with FFFB as the presenting sponsor for the Blue Jean Ball,” says David Page of Valeo Financial Advisors. “Valeo supports community organizations who work to meet the basic human service needs of our community. “Clearly this aligns with Food Finder’s mission to not only feed the hungry, but to address the root causes of food insecurity at a basic level. Their work to meet the needs of our highest risk populations, specifically children and senior citizens, speaks volumes to the care and support we should all demonstrate to those who are often overlooked in our community.”

The evening, hosted by Dr. Tom Turpin, Purdue professor of entomology and creator of the “Bug Bowl”, will include a barbeque pork dinner by Shoup’s Country Foods. Jim VanSchepen will host the ball’s silent and live auctions. Guests will dance and enjoy music provided by Rat Pak Mobile DJs.

The Blue Jean Ball will take place on Saturday, May 7 at Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette. Individual and full-table tickets are on sale now.

For more information about the Blue Jean Ball or Food Finders Food Bank, please visit Or call, 765.471.0062