THE KEY 100 

Diamonds are forever, but hunger shouldn’t be. 

MANNA’s Key 100 Event: A Sparkling Success

On February 1, nearly 100 friends of MANNA gathered at the Cambria Hotel in downtown Asheville for the first-ever Key 100 event. It was an evening of live jazz, food, drinks, and excitement as guests tried their keys in the locks on two glass display boxes that held a 8.75 carat 14K white gold diamond tennis bracelet and 2.68 carat diamond cocktail ring gifted to MANNA by an incredibly generous anonymous donor. The suspense built as each ticket-holder tested their key. The bracelet went first, and the ring followed soon after. Unbelievably, BOTH couples who won these beautiful pieces are celebrating their 50th (diamond) wedding anniversaries in 2023! Now that’s MANNA magic!

We’re deeply grateful to the partners who made this event possible, especially our anonymous jewelry donor, and including the Cambria Hotel, Empire Distributors, French Broad Chocolates, Melting Pot Social, and Sparks in the Forest Adventure Weddings and Elopements. Most of all, we’re thankful for everyone who bought a ticket, made a donation, and took the ride with us on this unforgettable evening.

The collective generosity harnessed through our Key 100 will allow MANNA to provide the equivalent of 116,000+ meals to neighbors who need them right now.

Were You Inspired by the Key 100 Event?

Do you have a unique jewelry piece or other item that you would like us to consider for donation? Are you an organization with interest in sponsoring a future Key 100 event? Please contact Kelly Schwartz, MANNA’s Signature Events Manager, at 828-774-5903 or