Join us for the 2017 Best of Delaware Party

Our biggest bash of the year will be held Aug. 10 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.


The Best of Delaware Party is a fun event that celebrates excellence and raises funds for worthy local causes. It continues to be one of the most popular events in the state. The people, places, services and restaurants that have received an esteemed Best of Delaware award use this night to showcase why they are worthy of their title. Guests are excited to get out, see old friends, make new ones, dance, drink and sample the vast array of delicious food and enjoyable products offered by our winners.

Date: Aug. 10, 2017

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Location: Chase Center on the Riverfront

VIP preview party: 5-6 p.m., $85 per ticket (Includes preview and main event. No discounts or group rates.) Come early and avoid the crowd and the lines. Only a limited number of tickets are sold to the Preview Party.

Main Event: 6-9 p.m., $65 in advance or $75 at the door

Group rate: $60 each (for 10 or more).

To purchase tickets, visit

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Best of Delaware Party guests traveling to Wilmington from downstate can leave the driving to Delaware Express. The Best of Delaware sponsor is offering a free ride: a 56-passenger deluxe motor coach equipped with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, 15-inch flat screens and power outlets.

The shuttle departs from Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and motors directly to the Chase Center on the Riverfront and then takes guests back after the party ends.

For details and to reserve a seat, visit


Best of Delaware Party guests can make a night of it, staying at the beautiful Westin Wilmington on the Riverfront, which adjoins the Chase Center. The Westin offers Best of Delaware attendees a special discount offer of $135 for guests who reserve a room by July 27. Call (888) 625-4988.

From left: Jellyroll; Steve Silicato//Photos by Ben Fournier

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What’s a party without entertainment? This Best of Delaware Party features a number of great musical attractions, a silent auction and much more.

Jam with Jellyroll, the region’s premier dance band and a Best of Delaware Party favorite. Fronted by dynamic vocalists, driven by a powerful horn section and propelled by the area’s tightest rhythm section, Jellyroll has won over audiences from Madison Square Garden to the White House.

Also, stroll down memory lane to a more mellow time with Steve Silicato, a dynamic entertainer who sings classics from Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations and many more.


Mary Fox (left) and Stephanie Johnnie of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware.//Photo by Ben Fournier

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware has been serving Delaware children and youth since 1964. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported mentoring relationships that help them achieve success in life. We have a proven record of success, providing mentoring relationships that benefit everyone involved—the child, the family, the volunteer and the community. Research shows that young people matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, and more likely to have higher aspirations and to achieve educational success. Over 100 children statewide are currently waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister volunteer.

To find out how you can become a mentor to a young person in need, please visit


John Wellons (left) and Heather Pletcher of Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.//Photo by Ben Fournier

For 86 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs has impacted thousands of lives across Delaware. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware offers affordable before-, after- and out- of school programs for young people in grades K–12. Club programs teach life skills, conflict resolution and focus on the development of character. Clubs also provide members with positive role models and a nurturing environment that help improve decision-making skills. In 2016, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware embarked on a socioeconomic impact study with an independent research group. Results show: For every $1 invested with Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, there is a $13.91 return to the economy in Delaware.

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Sponsors of the Best of Delaware Party include (from left): Dawn Phillips of Horty & Horty, P.A., Scott Crosby of Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc., Patricia Brody of TD Bank, Fred Dawson of Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Doug Phillips of Horty & Horty, Steve Masterson of Waste Masters, Rene Deeble of Sidney Thomas Jewelers, Linda McDonald of Waste Masters, Larry Mahan of Expedia CruiseShipCenters and Brad Foy of Bassett, Dawson & Foy.//Photo by Ben Fournier


Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc.

Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc. is an independent firm established in 1985 distinctly qualified to provide you with all of your financial planning needs. In addition, unlike many other financial planning companies, we have an attorney on staff ready to assist you with your estate planning.* With over 100 years of combined experience in the financial services industry and a strong commitment to your success, the partners and staff at Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc. are ready to provide you with the professional expertise and objectivity that will help invest, manage, and conserve your wealth. Investment Advisory Services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc.  Member FINRA/SIPC *Legal services not offered through Raymond James.

Cadillac Division, General Motors LLC

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring distinctive design and technology. 

Delaware Express Shuttle & Tours

For more than 30 years, travelers in the tri-state area have trusted Delaware Express to provide safe, reliable ground transportation—van, sedan, limousine, mini-bus and deluxe motor coaches ADA equipped with Wi-Fi, SATTV, flat screens and three-point seat belts upon request. Delaware Express specializes in airport shuttle, team sporting events and business and family travel. 

Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Your local Expedia CruiseShipCenters office boasts more than 200 years of travel agent expertise to put to work for you. We provide fantastic support, selection and values that you’ve come to expect from Expedia CruiseShipCenters. Whether it is ocean, river, or small ship luxury cruising, or a spectacular all-inclusive tropical resort, or a unique tour by air, rail, coach or ship, we have it all and will deliver a complete vacation experience for you. Please stop by our store in the Fox Run Shopping Center in Bear to see us or call us whenever we can be of assistance. We look forward to serving you! (444-8447)

Horty & Horty, P.A.

Having over 45 years of experience, the team of certified public accountants and consultants at Horty & Horty, P.A. offer the expertise and excellence that propel businesses to the next level. With offices in Wilmington and Dover, Horty is a true full-service CPA firm. The firm serves a full spectrum of clients: from startups to large corporations, from government agencies to not-for-profit organizations and everything in between. 

Kerns Brothers Tree Service & Landscaping

For 43 years, Kerns Brothers has provided the tri-state area with expert tree care, creative landscape designs, installations and hardscape services. The first company in Delaware nationally accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association, Kerns Brothers has 12 International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborists and a certified nursery professional on staff. 

Sidney Thomas Jewelers

Tradition is at the very heart of Sidney Thomas Jewelers. Born from the rich heritage of Ross-Simons, a trusted jeweler now in its seventh decade, we draw proudly on an established reputation. Our store in the Christiana Mall offers the world’s most beautiful jewelry and Swiss watches, coveted designer brands and magnificent one-of-a-kind selections. Known for impeccable service and presentation, you will not only love your jewelry, you’ll love every moment of the journey. Choose Beautifully.

Siegel Jewish Community Center

The Siegel Jewish Community Center is a nonprofit membership organization where people come together as a community to learn, share and celebrate. We inspire and connect people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds through social, educational, cultural, fitness and recreational opportunities in a warm and welcoming environment. The JCC’s 32-acre campus houses preschool, child-care and camp programs, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, gymnasium and racquetball courts. The J is also home to Jewish holiday celebrations and cultural arts programming 

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits LLC

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. 

TD Bank

TD Bank “America’s Most Convenient Bank,” is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S. providing more than 9 million customers with a full array of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services through our extensive network of more than 1,257 retail stores throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C, the Carolinas and Florida. 

Waste Masters

With more than 100 years of experience, Waste Masters takes environmental services personally, offering industrial and commercial customers a hands-on, individualized approach. The company offers a comprehensive, one-stop shop for environmental solutions, customizing services to fit the unique needs of clients. Based in New Castle, Waste Masters is a leading provider of trash removal, Dumpsters, portable restrooms, recycling services and equipment in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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