Delaware Hope Ball

April 29, 2017, Wilmington, DE
5:30 pm

Honoring The Department of Endocrinology at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

The JDRF Delaware Hope Ball is one of area's largest fundraising galas and among the most fun and prestigious events, attracting 300 individuals and industry leaders. Celebrating 16 years in Delaware, the Hope Ball guest experience includes live and silent auctions, wine pull, balloon pop, unique theme and fabulous dancing and entertainment. The black tie event provides the perfect occasion to celebrate the research progress JDRF is making while raising additional funds for life-changing therapies that will impact the lives of millions who live with the daily management of the disease. Thanks to the generosity of the local community, the JDRF Delaware Hope Ball has raised a cumulative $5.7 Million for research. Join us for the perfect evening where fun and philanthropy meet on April 29.


Event Details

  • Scott Klatzkin

    Scott Klatzkin



    Scott Klatzkin


    A Newark, Delaware native, Scott Klatzkin will serve in his fourth season as play-by-play “Voice of the Blue Hens” football and men’s basketball teams in 2015.

    A 2007 graduate of the University of Delaware, Klatzkin previously provided play-by-play for the Blue Hens while serving as Sports Director of student radio station, WVUD-FM, as an undergraduate. He returned to work with Delaware in 2011 with Hens All-Access and continues to work with the University as host of “Under the Lights” with Dave Brock and as emcee to many Blue Hens events and banquets. He has also worked for the Colonial Athletic Association by broadcasting basketball games on television and hosting CAA Football Media Day Live programs on CAA.TV.

    Prior to becoming the play-by-play broadcaster for his alma mater in 2012, Klatzkin spent the previous four seasons broadcasting Delaware State University football and basketball, as well as the Delaware High School football and basketball “Game of the Week” on Fox Sports Radio 1290, WWTX-AM.

    Klatzkin has been named the 2009 and 2013 Delaware Sportscaster of the Year Award presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and is also a Delaware Press Association award winner for his broadcasting of University of Delaware Football.

5:30 PM - Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour

7:00 PM - Dinner, Live Auction & Fund A Cure

9:00 PM - The Late Party & Entertainment

Event Information

Fund A Cure

Fund A Cure immediately follows the Live Auction portion of the evening. Fund A Cure is an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of people living with T1D and their loved ones through a 100% tax-deductible donation, which will accelerate life-changing research. Fund A Cure donations will be invested in JDRF’s effective and focused research agenda aimed to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until there is a cure.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event sponsors enjoy benefits such as premier seating, champagne toasts and recognition at the event and throughout the year following the gala. A sponsorship is extraordinarily effective. Approximately 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures go directly to education and research to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes. For more information about a customized sponsorship to fit your company’s needs, please contact Tarra Mandeville, Executive Director at the JDRF Delaware Chapter, at (302) 888-1117 or via email at


Auction item preview will be available online prior to the event.

The Hope Ball Committee is in the process of procuring items for the 2017Hope Ball. If you wish to donate an item to the auction, please contact Natalie Tobey at (302) 888-1117 or via email at

Tickets and Tables

Tables and tickets are currently on sale for “One Night In Rio.” Purchase tickets to the Hope Ball and Late Party either by contacting the JDRF Delaware office at (302) 888-1117 or reserve your seat online on the Hope Ball website.

Please note that all Hope Ball attendees receive free access to the Late Party. Tickets to attend only the Late Party are also available.

Table (10 Seats) = $2500
Individual Ticket (Hope Ball & Late Party) = $250
Late Party Individual Ticket =$55

Late Party Tickets

Individual tickets for $55 are available to attend the Late Party. Please call the JDRF Delaware office at (302) 888-1117 or go online to reserve your ticket. Please note that all Hope Ball attendees ($250 ticket) receive free admission to the Late Party and do not need to purchase additional tickets.


If you are interested in volunteering at the Hope Ball, please contact Catherine Alvarez at

Hotel Information

A room block has been established at the Westin Hotel, which is adjacent to the Chase Center. Guests can reserve their room online or by calling 302.654.2900 and referencing the JDRF Hope Ball. The room rate is $119.90 and the block is open from February 3, 2017 until April 7, 2017. The number of rooms are limited, and we encourage guests wishing to reserve a room to do so as soon as possible.

Blow Dry Bar

Blo Blow Dry Bar in Greenville Center is proud to support the JDRF Hope Ball. Come in for a blow dry and style anytime on April 28-29, and Blo will donate 20% of service and product sales to JDRF’s Fund A Cure campaign! Please mention JDRF upon reservation or checkout. Reservations can be made online or by calling 302.652.1268.


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The JDRF Delaware Hope Ball will honor the Department of Endocrinology at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children as the 2017 Community Champion for the department’s commitment to families living with type 1 diabetes.

Past Honorees

Each year, the Delaware Chapter of JDRF honors an individual, family or company who has made a significant contribution toward JDRF’s efforts to find a cure for diabetes.

Past Honorees and Community Champions:

2016: Hockessin Athletic Club
2015: The Honorable Michael Castle
2014: AstraZeneca
2013: Highmark Delaware
2011: Corn Products Specialty Ingredients
2010: McConnell Johnson Real Estate
2009: A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
2008: T1D Children and Families
2007: Happy Harry’s: A Walgreens Company
2006: SPI Polys
2004: MBNA
2002: Discover

The Late Party

The Late Party

What is the Late Party?

The Late Party makes its much anticipated return to the Hope Ball and with a surprise twist this year! Tickets to the Late Party are $55.

What time does the Late Party start?

The Late Party begins at 9:00pm and ends at midnight. Guests who purchase admission to the Late Party will have access to the Late Party entertainment in the Christina Ballroom.

What if I purchased a Hope Ball ticket?

All guests who purchase Hope Ball tickets will receive complimentary access to the Late Party!

Can I attend the Late Party if I am a volunteer?

Yes! We would love for you to attend the Late Party when your volunteer shift ends. To purchase a ticket to the Late Party as a volunteer, please call JDRF Delaware. You must be at least 21 years old to attend the Late Party.

How do I purchase admission to the Late Party?

If you would like to purchase a ticket to the Late Party, please call JDRF Delaware at (302) 888-1117. You must be at least 21 years old to attend the Late Party.

Contact us for more information:

Tarra Mandeville
JDRF Delaware Chapter
(302) 888-1117


Chase Center on the Riverfront

815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Event Contact

Tarra Mandeville
302-888-1117 |