2022 Blue Jean Ball is cancelled.
From Executive Director Brian K. Hall:
It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Blue Jean Ball that was scheduled for September 23, 2022.
We know that this is a disappointment not only to the many autism community members and local businesses that have supported this event for so many years, but also to our staff members who organize it and our many employees who volunteer their time to make it a success.
This is not a decision we have made lightly and there are two overriding concerns that have caused us to make this decision at this time.
Recent changes in staffing on our fundraising team and recruitment challenges in general have left us shorthanded for organizing this complicated event.
Which leads to our second concern, the responsibility we feel toward our sponsors and partners – we want to ensure every investment made in Autism Delaware events are equally administered with the high level of commitment we deliver every day in our array of services. When folks attend an Autism Delaware event, they experience a night of memories that last until the next experience.
This year, we are not able to provide this experience for you as a sponsor, partner, and for those we celebrate. In these difficult economic times when every dollar counts, we only want to provide the best experience. We have chosen not to hold the event.
What equally is as important is that we thank our presenting sponsor Hertrich Toyota and the Hertrich Family of Automobile Dealerships, as well as sponsors Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Timothy’s of Newark, Mcgee Plumbing, Deakyne Law Offices, and NKS Distributors, for their readiness to support us as we tried to bring back this beloved event in uncertain times. We also thank our auction donors: Arena’s Café, Megan Collective, Avenue Apothecary, Vernon Powell, Bad Hair Day, Striper Bites, Common Ground Hospitality, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Dover Motor Speedway, Grotto Pizza Inc., Delaware DMV and Historical Plate Society, Hotel Rehoboth, Jungle Jim’s Water Park, Nutter’s Crossing Golf, Hope Pearce, and Yellowfins Bar and Grill. These individuals and companies have gone above and beyond for us both this year and many times in the past.
We will continue to work hard to bring back the events you love. While it’s true that our Blue Jean Ball will not take place at the time we intended, we will continue to strive to find creative ways to inspire united support for people on the spectrum in the First State – to ensure that they have the chance to live full lives as included and valued members of their communities.