The Circle in Georgetown will attract more attention than usual this month as Sussex County Council and the Town of Georgetown team up to promote Autism Speaks' annual "Light it Up Blue" campaign.
Georgetown residents may notice The Circle and the Sussex County Administrative Offices building downtown shining in all their blue glory Tuesday evening. Tuesday marked World Autism Awareness Day, and to commemorate and show community support, The Circle and all the buildings surrounding it, will be splashed with blue lighting all month long.
The "Light It Up Blue" effort is an annual campaign organized by Autism Speaks to raise awareness about autism. This local effort is the latest awareness campaign supported by the town, county and state, as well as various businesses on The Circle. In recent months, many buildings on The Circle have taken part in lighting campaigns to raise awareness about breast cancer and heart health.
"Statistics show that one in 88 children is diagnosed with some form of autism today," said Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent in a county press release. "It affects so many families across the United States, including right here in Sussex County. Awareness campaigns like the 'Light It Up Blue' effort are just a small way communities can show support and come together to help unlock the mysteries of the disorder."
Town Manager Gene Dvornick agreed.
"The Town is proud to help raise awareness for this important cause," he said. "Just getting people to think about autism and the effects it has on so many children's lives is the first step in winning the battle."