2019 Delaware Hope Ball

April 27, 2019, Wilmington, DE
5:30 pm - 11:59 pm

Join us for the 18th annual JDRF Delaware Hope Ball: Into the Blue on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the majestic Hotel duPont. The black tie evening encourages guests to wear their boldest blue in support of JDRF's diabetes research and includes cocktail reception, seated dinner, auctions and entertainment. The Hope Ball brings together more than 300 philanthropic community leaders, all in support of raising critical funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

Event Details

5:30PM - Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour

Guests will enjoy electronic bidding from their mobile devices to more than 100 silent auction packages. Please be sure JDRF receives your cell phone  number to alert you with a bidding link when the auction opens. If you are unable to attend, please contact JDRF to receive information about remote bidding.

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

Brian Goodwater from Stokes Auction Group will kick off our Live Auction in the Gold Ballroom. If you are unable to attend and would like to proxy bid on the Live Auction, please contact JDRF.

The Connolly Family will present a heartfelt Fund A Cure presentation. 100% of Fund A Cure dollars goes t

9:00 PM - Entertainment

The After Party entertainment will be provided by The Dueling Piano Dudes.


Chapter Partners

The Legacy Award

Giordano, DelCollo, Werb and Gagne, LLC will receive The Legacy Award for their efforts in the community to raise awareness of T1D and support families living with the disease.

Guest Information

Sponsorship and Tickets
Join us at the 2019 Hope Ball by becoming an event sponsor or purchasing a ticket. Underwriting sponsorships are available by contacting Tarra Mandeville at tmandeville@jdrf.org or 302-888-1117. Individual tickets are $250 or a table of 10 is $2500. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. RSVP by Friday, April 12.

Guest Attire
Help us turn the Gold Ballroom into a sea of blue! Blue bowties and elegant blue attire is encouraged for the 2019 theme Into the Blue as guests show their support of T1D research.

Meal Options

All meal selections must be made by Friday, April 12.

  • Land: Beef short ribs with jus, roasted root vegetables, whipped potato, wilted greens
  • Sea: Salmon Oscar, topped with asparagus & crab imperial, hollandaise sauce, petite vegetables, roasted fingerling potatoes
  • Garden: Chef’s vegetarian risotto

*Gluten-free options are available with advance request

Auction Bidding

Guests should provide JDRF with their cell phone numbers by Friday, April 12 in order to participate in electronic bidding of the Silent Auction. The auction will open early on Friday, April 26 to all guests who have provided their cell phone number. If you are unable to attend and interested in remote bidding in the Silent Auction or proxy bidding in the Live Auction, please contact JDRF or call us at 302-888-1117.

Complimentary valet parking will be provided due to the generosity of Affinity Wealth Management.

Event Photos
Click here for event photos from the past Hope Ball.

Fund A Cure
Revisit last year’s Fund A Cure speech from The DelCollo Family.

Social Media
Learn about the latest happenings with the Hope Ball by following the JDRF Delaware Facebook page.

Hotel Accommodation
A room block has been established at the Hotel duPont. Guests can reserve their room by calling the hotel at 302-594-3125 or 800-441-9019 and refer to group JDRF2019 or reserve online here. The room rate is $165.00 plus 10% occupancy tax. The number of rooms are limited and the room rate will expire on March 29, 2019.

Gala Guest Preview Emails
Please click the links below for the weekly emails sent to all gala guests.

Guest Preview #1

Gala Preview #2

Gala Guest Preview #3



Hotel duPont

43 West 11th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Event Contact

JDRF Delaware Chapter
3028881117 | delaware@jdrf.org

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