Tickets now on sale for annual Blue Jean Ball

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Blue Jean Ball, presented by Hertrich Toyota of Milford. The annual fundraiser takes place Friday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Nassau Valley Vineyard in Lewes.

With “Denim & Diamonds” as the evening’s dress code, as many as 300 participants are expected to party to live music by Love Seed Mama Jump while enjoying beer and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, as well as the vineyard’s own award-winning wines.

Tickets cost $85 per person.

“The proceeds benefit Autism Delaware’s statewide programs and services,” noted Autism Delaware Events Manager Deanna Principe, “including Productive Opportunities for Work & Recreation [POW&R], our nationally recognized program that supports adult employment for Delaware’s autism community.”

Available sponsorship opportunities range in donation and benefit levels. In addition to exclusive sponsorships, such as the exclusive presenting sponsorship from Hertrich Toyota, Autism Delaware offers diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire and media sponsorships.

“Autism Delaware is extremely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors because they allow us to assign more of the funds we raise to our programs and services. From the needs of children to the needs of adults on the spectrum — and their families — Autism Delaware programs and services address awareness and advocacy, community-based vocational services and social and wellness activities, and much-needed family support.”

For more information about the Blue Jean Ball, tickets and sponsorships, visit

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that includes impairment in social interaction and social communication. Individuals with ASD also exhibit repetitive patterns of behavior or interest that limit everyday functioning. An intellectual or language impairment is also possible. The symptoms first appear in early childhood.

In the Delaware public school system, 152 students received an educational classification of autism in 1991, but for the 2016–2017 school year, 1,899 students had the classification. That number omits the adults or children who are not currently being served by the school’s special-education system.

Autism Delaware is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit made up of individuals with ASD, their family members, the professionals who serve them and friends of people with ASD. The agency’s mission is to help people and families affected by ASD. With offices in Newark, Dover and Lewes, Autism Delaware serves the entire state.

Autism Delaware’s programs and services are supported by state contracts and donations from individuals and corporations across Delaware. Fundraising events, including the Blue Jean Ball and Fall Auction Gala in Wilmington, help provide the income needed to make its programs a reality. For more information on how to help, visit