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“Blue Tie” Event Changes A Bit — For The Better

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Jim Quick & The Coastline Band

March 29, 2010 (NEW BERN, NC) –  With three weeks to go before its big “Blue Tie One Night One Cause” fundraising event at the Riverfront Hilton in New Bern on April 17, RHA Howell, Inc. announces an addition to the evening’s entertainment. Recording artists “Jim Quick & The Coastline Band,” a popular soul, blues, rock and “beach music” band from Wilmington, NC, will provide live music to complement the evening’s food, Blue Tie “tini’s”, and live and silent auctions.

“Since we had to make the change, we decided to go for it,” said RHA Howell events coordinator Debbie Valentine. “The Coastline Band puts on a fabulous show and is incredibly popular. Our Blue Tie guests and sponsors are in for a real treat!”

Live music wasn’t originally planned for the event, which will raise funds for children and adults with disabilities in RHA Howell’s Tar River and River Bend Centers and Greenville Group Homes.

“We had originally planned a night of casino-themed games, but local authorities said ‘No dice,’ “ said Valentine. “So we regrouped, re-planned, and came up with a Blue Tie night that’s better than ever!”

The event also still features a silent and live auction that will give party-goers a chance to bid on five major entertainment packages including 2 tickets to the sold-out Las Vegas Jimmy Buffet concert, a “girlfriends” weekend shopping spree in NY, and a Halloween weekend in New Orleans.

Tickets to “Blue Tie One Night One Cause” are $50 each with tables of 10 available for $400. Seating is limited. To purchase advance tickets, go to www.rhahowell.org/BlueTie.aspx or call RHA Howell event coordinator Debbie Valentine at 919-803-2690. Preferred attire is “dressy cocktail” with an emphasis on blue rather than black tie. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“We look forward to a fun, fabulous evening with all of our guests and the Coastline Band,” Valentine said, “for one night and one cause: supporting children and adults with disabilities.”

The RHA Howell Tar River Center in Greenville is a pediatric unit supporting 30 medically fragile infants and children with disabilities. The Greenville Group Homes provide quality care for children and teenagers with developmental delays and special needs. The RHA Howell River Bend Center in New Bern is home to 125 children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Proceeds from Blue Tie Night will directly benefit each person served by these programs.

For more information on RHA Howell, Inc., visit www.rhahowell.org.

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for more than 35 years. Integrity, high standards for quality, hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, go to www.rhahowell.org.

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