BALLSFEST is a registered non-profit organization that lifts the spirits of children, young adults, and their families affected by cancer.


Organizers and supporters of BALLSFEST provide unforgettable experiences for those facing obstacles with the disease. The term, "BALLSFEST", was created by Frank DeBlasi, a testicular cancer survivor and keen supporter of children living with cancer. The term is a play on words, and one that reflects Frank's positive spirit during his own battle. Combining his love for the upstate New York area and the Dave Matthews Band, Frank first hosted a small gathering for friends and concert goers on the grounds of Saratoga State Park in 2007. This initial gathering began a stream of annual events that grew dramatically in size over the years, and proceeds raised at these events benefitted a national cancer foundation.

However, in 2013, Frank decided to shift focus with the proceeds from his annual event, and started to identify children in the local area affected by cancer. Since then, BALLSFEST has honored and celebrated a number of these children in the upstate New York region and looks forward to deepening its impact further. BALLSFEST conducts a signature annual fundraising event, and solicits grants and contributions year-round from individuals, private foundations and others, for the purpose of supporting young children who are facing difficult challenges.

Frank DeBlasi

Celeste Armstrong
Co-founder; Director of Food & Beverage

Shannon Kessler
Finance Director & COO

Mitchell Horan


Thanou Thammavongsa 
Creative Director, Branding & Web Wizardry

Eric Kessler
Director, Digital Imaging

Mimi Baker
Director, Strategy

Ana DeLuca
Event Promoter

Matt DeBlasi 
Events Advisor

Gabriella Regalado
Event Promoter

Denise Burns
Director, Personal Relations


Gene Watson
Director, Digital and Social Media