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Autism Delaware's Blue Jean Ball seeks to raise needed funds

Autism Delaware holds one of its major fundraisers this week in Lewes.

The Blue Jean Ball is Friday night at Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes


Autism Delaware development director David Woods says the organization relies on this event and others, like November’s Fall Auction Gala in Wilmington, to bring in the dollars they need to help support individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder statewide.


With the increase in autism [diagnoses], there’s an increase in need to support families with autism.  And that’s an increase in revenue we need to generate somehow,” said Woods.


But Woods adds these events have another purpose- to build awareness and help connect those with autism to their communities


Autism can be very isolating for families and individuals affected by autism.  And that isolation does two things.  It can keep those families apart from the community, but it can also keep the community from understanding autism and understand the need [to support these families],” said Woods.


More information on Friday’s Blue Jean Ball in Lewes and Autism Delaware’s other fundraisers and outreach events is available at the organization's website.


Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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