Tickets still available for Blue Jean Ball Sept. 21

Autism Delaware fundraiser reaching out for more sponsor support
August 29, 2013

Tickets are still available for this year’s Blue Jean Ball Saturday, Sept. 21. The price of a ticket is $85 until Saturday, Sept. 14, when the price goes to $100.

All ticket holders are guaranteed seating in the new location, the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, as well as access to exciting one-of-a-kind auction items, such as a NASCAR package for two at Dover Motor Speedway, courtesy of Michael Waltrip Racing. Also, Blooming Boutique will distribute to all ticket holders a certificate for a sterling silver Trollbead bracelet valued at $72.

The dress code for the long-time southern Delaware favorite is “blue jeans and bling.” Festivities begin at 6 p.m., the weekend before the NASCAR package for two being auctioned.

And for the palate, the Autism Delaware fundraiser will be serving beer, wine, specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts prepared by prominent local restaurants. To date, participating restaurants include Bethany Blues, Touch of Italy, Big Fish Grill, Moe’s Southwest Grill/Carvel Ice Cream, Table and Taproom, Lewes Fishhouse, and Kick n’ Chicken. To top it all off, Delaware’s own Love Seed Mama Jump plays for the dance crowd.

With the popular southern Delaware event fast approaching, Autism Delaware continues to reach out for more sponsor support from local individuals and organizations.

“The Blue Jean Ball benefits from all donations, whether of funding, goods, or services,” says Dorian Rowe Kleinstuber Esq., who co-chairs the Blue Jean Ball committee with Koh Morrisey, “because they ensure continuing support for the wide-ranging needs of Delaware’s families living with autism. In appreciation, Autism Delaware offers a range of benefits, including premium reserved seating for our event sponsors.”

To date, Blue Jean Ball has three exclusive sponsors: Hertrich Toyota, Peninsula Oil & Propane, and NKS Distributors. Bethany Beach Books, Service Today Inc. and Morris James, LLP, have recently become diamond sponsors. Emerald sponsors include John F. Kleinstuber & Associates Inc., Law Office of James E. Deakyne Jr., P.A. and Ronald M. Coffin General Contractors, Inc./Coffin Hardwood Flooring Inc. Plus, Aaron’s has generously donated a 55-inch LG flat-panel LED TV to raffle off.

“And we need more,” emphasized Autism Delaware’s events manager, Deanna Principe. “With every donation to the Blue Jean Ball, Autism Delaware can provide even more for the people who really need it, and those who really need it are Delaware families living with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Delaware works to create better lives for people with autism - across their life spans and across the state. The number of kids being diagnosed with autism now stands at one in 88, so the need is skyrocketing.”

Buy a ticket to the Blue Jean Ball or make a donation at

Bidding on the NASCAR package and other auction items can begin as soon as a ticket is purchased on

Much of the manual work that was needed at the Blue Jean Ball in the past will now be managed by BidPal,” adds Principe. “For our guests, this means no more checkout lines - and no more paper bid sheets, so you don’t need to go back and forth to the auction table to see where your bid stands. BidPal will text you your bid status. And for those of you who want to get a jump on the bidding, you can begin as soon as you’re registered on BidPal.”

Autism Delaware is a nonprofit organization made up of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their family members, the professionals who serve them, and friends of people with ASD. With offices in Newark, Dover, and Milton, Autism Delaware serves the entire state. For more information on how to help go to