Autism Delaware to host Blue Jean Ball Sept. 20

Autism Delaware staff and volunteers work arm in arm year after year to put as much fun as possible into the Blue Jean Ball. Pictured (l-r) are Autism Delaware Executive Director Teresa Avery, Autism Delaware POW&R Director Katina Demetriou, southern Delaware POW&R Coordinator Melissa Martin, and Blue Jean Ball Co-chair Koh Morrisey. Dorian Rowe Kleinstuber, Esq. is the other longtime co-chair of this popular fundraiser. SOURCE SUBMITTED
September 2, 2014

Autism Delaware’s Blue Jean Ball puts the fun in fundraising. A longtime southern Delaware favorite, the Blue Jean Ball not only supports much-needed programs and services for Delawareans living with autism spectrum disorder statewide, but also is the party of the season. It will take place again this year at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20.

“The event is lots of fun,” says Autism Delaware events manager Deanna Principe, “because folks dress up, but comfortably, in blue jeans and bling, and they’re able to indulge in a wide selection of delicious food, thanks to contributions from local restaurants sponsoring this year’s event. To date, we’ve got dishes from Big Fish Grill, Kick n’ Chicken, Moe’s Southwest Grill/Carvel Ice Cream, Nage, and Touch of Italy. And we’ve just added a raw bar courtesy of Fins Ale House and Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach.”

Dancing starts when Just Us, a local band with a musician with ASD, opens for Love Seed Mama Jump. When the six-man rock band from Dewey Beach takes the stage, partygoers are still able to bid on one-of-a-kind items, including an acoustic guitar signed by American country singer Luke Bryan.

A $15 discount is available on the $100 price of a Blue Jean Ball ticket until Friday, Sept. 5. For more information, go to

Autism Delaware is a nonprofit organization 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. For more information on how to help, visit