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Chrysalis

    • The Luck of the Mount

Mount St. Mary Academy is proud to announce this year's theme for Chrysalis 2023 -
"The Luck of the Mount"
Save the Date for March 18, 2023 at the Wurlitzer Events Center.

Thank you to our wonderful Chairs of Chrysalis 2023! This event would not be possible without their support.

Chaired by:
Lisa Battaglia Garvey '96 and Mike Garvey (Parents of Maeve '24 and Adelaide '25)
 Margrit DiCamillo '89 and Jeffrey Voelkl (Parents of Lucy '24)
 Rebecca and Andrew Attea (Parents of Kate '24)




Chrysalis Ticket Options

How will the event run this year?
We have continued to offer the option of supporting MSM by purchasing a ticket for Chrysalis by participating in person and virtually. We recognize that some people may feel more comfortable participating from the comfort of their own home. We also know that there are generous supports and alumnae who live outside of WNY and would like to contribute. Chrysalis 2023 on March 18th, 2023 will be a hybrid event.

Ticket Options:
Guests who purchase Chrysalis event tickets will have two options to choose from.
  1. Attend the Chrysalis Gala in person
  2. Have a Buffalo themed CityMade basket shipped right to your house
For option 1: When you sign up to attend the Chrysalis Gala in person, you will receive a bidder number to participate in the online silent auction and the in-person live auction. Bidder numbers will be sent out in an email prior to the event and given out day of, as well. Live auction item bidding is exclusive for only in person attendees. Please be aware of this as it has changed from the past.

For option 2: Again, this year, we are partnering with CityMade to create a Buffalo themed basket to be shipped right to your house. Instead of a meal, you will receive this basket full of goodies from Buffalo. This gives guest who live out of town or cannot attend the event on March 18th the opportunity to support MSM. Virtual attendees will also receive a bidder number to participate in the silent auction portion of the Gala. However, the live auction items will not be available for bidding for virtual attendees.

Thanks to our mobile bidding service it’s easy for anyone with a cell phone to participate from wherever they are. All guests who purchase a ticket will receive a bidder number to participate in auction bidding.

Gift Gathering Parties

A gift-gathering party is a wonderful way to support our Chrysalis Auction. A gift-gathering party offers friends of Mount St. Mary Academy an opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow supporters of the school. Each guest is asked to bring a donation to the party or dinner.

Host a party for your classmates and friends! To host a gift gathering party, please contact Coordinator of Development & Special Events, Alexis Arth, at (716) 877-1358 ext. 304 or email aarth@msmacademy.org.

Amazon Gift Registry
Looking for a gift idea? We made it easy to shop right on Amazon. It will be shipped right to MSM.

Check out our custom gift list on Amazon! 
Target Gift Registry
Looking for a gift idea and would prefer to shop at Target instead of Amazon? Items will be shipped right to MSM and free shipping over $35.

Check out our custom gift list on Target.com!


Upcoming Gift Gatherings for MSM:


Sunday, February 5th, 2023: Galentine's Day Brunch at Roycroft Inn In East Aurora from 10am-12pm

Join us for a Galentine's Day themed brunch at the Roycroft Inn! Enjoy a sit down brunch while you catch up with alumnae and friends of MSM! Brunch includes Mount Trivia, raffle prizes, and more!

Hosted by our Chrysalis Chairs: Rebecca Attea, Margrit DiCamillo '89, and Lisa Battaglia Garvey '96 and MSM's Alumnae Board

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023: Sip 'n Shop at Platters featuring Freedom Run Winery

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Platter's Chocolate Factory
Grab a friend and come out to Platter’s Chocolate Factory’s Sip n’ Shop event. On March 1st we will be featuring Freedom Run Winery. The winery will be handing out samples of their wine and pairing them with our chocolates.
This event is free of charge! Any chocolate that is being paired with the selected wines, 10% of purchases will be donated to Mount St. Mary Academy!
The Chrysalis Fund 

Mount St. Mary Academy has financial programs in place to attract and retain students with financial needs within our community. While we continue to support those programs, the intent of the Chrysalis Fund is slightly different.

The Chrysalis Fund is put into place to help families who wish t provide endless educational and co-curricular opportunities for their child. This fund was created to bridge the gap between a family's financial means and the cost of an MSM education. An MSM education that allows the student to blossom fully, while exploring and embracing her unique identity and voice, lead with confidence, demonstrate a commitment to social justice and actively practice their faith and values.

Why Give to the Chrysalis Fund?
We understand that many of our families make daily financial sacrifices to ensure their child receives the gift of an MSM education. Our families keep finding ways to make this possible and they have demonstrated their dedication to our students' success.

Sometimes, just a bit of extra help from the Chrysalis Fund makes the word of a difference for a family allowing their child to explore opportunities and experiences of being a Mountie. It is crucial to honor that commitment and reciprocate in every possible way to further empower the young changemakers who walk our halls.

How can I support it?
  • Raise your paddle for the Fund-an-Item at Chrysalis on March 18th, 2023.
  • Donate online and designate your donation to the Chrysalis Fund.

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  • How can I help?

    There are lots of ways!
    • Purchase items right off our Amazon Registry – it will be shipped right to MSM!
    • Gift cards to locally-owned restaurants or stores
    • Vouchers/gift cards to experiences to explore our own backyard (e.g., Niagara Falls, Bike Tours, Canalside, etc.)
    • Make a cash donation
    • Host a gift gathering with your MSM friends and classmates
    • Purchase a sponsorship or buy an ad in our digital event program
    We hope to have an auction filled with items that truly celebrate our region and the local communities we call home.
  • What are the sponsorship and ad opportunities?

  • What is the Grand Raffle and how can I participate?

    The Grand Raffle is hosted on the night of Chrysalis, March 18th, 2023. Enter your chance to win up to $3,000 in cash!

    Each ticket is a $10 donation for Mount St. Mary Academy. Winner does not need to be present to win. Net proceeds for the raffle will benefit student scholarships and education initiatives at MSM. You must be 18 years or older to purchase a ticket.

    Purchase your tickets here!

    Grand Prize: $3,000
    2nd Prize: $1,000
    3rd Prize: $500
    4th Prize: $300
    5th Prize: $200

    If you received the grand raffle tickets in the mail, please mail the stubs back to Alexis Arth Attn: Chrysalis Grand Raffle, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217.

    Purchase your grand raffle tickets with link by clicking here!
  • How do I send in my gift donation?

    There are many different ways you can get your donation to us. Gifts can be dropped off to the Mount between 8am-4pm Monday through Friday prior to the event. For more information, please contact Ms. Alexis Arth, Coordinator of Development and Special Events at aarth@msmacademy.org or (716) 877-1358 ext. 304. If you need to arrange for a pick up at your home, please contact Ms. Alexis Arth.

    Items can also be shipped directly to the Mount! Please have it shipped to Alexis Arth, Attn: Chrysalis at 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217.l

    Please consider making a purchase off of our Amazon Registry. It will be sent directly to the school! Or, if purchasing a gift off another website, please have it shipped directly to Alexis Arth's attention at 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217.
  • I don’t live in WNY anymore, but I’d still like to help. What can I do?

    Monetary donations are always welcome as we can purchase gifts or gift cards for the auction. Donations can be made online (Please note designation to Chrysalis auction). Or checks can be mailed to Alexis’ attention to the school’s address with a memo for Chrysalis.

    Alexis Arth
    Attn: Chrysalis 2023
    3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217

    If you live out of town and want to participate in the auction the night of, you still can! We are offering a virtual option for attendees for alumnae and donors to support Mount St. Mary if they are unable to attend the night of the event.

    Again, this year, we are partnering with CityMade to create a Buffalo themed basket to be shipped right to your house. Instead of a meal, you will receive this basket full of goodies from Buffalo. This gives guest who live out of town or cannot attend the event on March 18th the opportunity to support MSM. Virtual attendees will also receive a bidder number to participate in the silent auction portion of the Gala. However, the live auction items will not be available for bidding for virtual attendees.

    Thanks to our mobile bidding service it’s easy for anyone with a cell phone to participate from wherever they are. All guests who purchase a ticket will receive a bidder number to participate in auction bidding.
  • How can I purchase a ticket?

    Tickets can be purchased with the link HERE! There are two options for Chrysalis tickets this year.

    Guests who purchase Chrysalis event tickets will have two options to choose from.
    1. Attend the Chrysalis Gala in person
    2. Have a Buffalo themed CityMade basket shipped right to your house
    For option 1: When you sign up to attend the Chrysalis Gala in person, you will receive a bidder number to participate in the online silent auction and the in-person live auction. Bidder numbers will be sent out in an email prior to the event and given out day of, as well. Live auction item bidding is exclusive for only in person attendees. Please be aware of this as it has changed from the past.

    For option 2: Again, this year, we are partnering with CityMade to create a Buffalo themed basket to be shipped right to your house. Instead of a meal, you will receive this basket full of goodies from Buffalo. This gives guest who live out of town or cannot attend the event on March 18th the opportunity to support MSM. Virtual attendees will also receive a bidder number to participate in the silent auction portion of the Gala. However, the live auction items will not be available for bidding for virtual attendees.

    Thanks to our mobile bidding service it’s easy for anyone with a cell phone to participate from wherever they are. All guests who purchase a ticket will receive a bidder number to participate in auction bidding.
  • How are donors recognized?

    All donors are acknowledged in the comprehensive catalog that will be hosted digitally and printed in 2023.
  • If I purchase a ticket and choose to be a virtual attendee, how do I place bids?

    All of our silent auction items will be available to bid on through our mobile bidding site – Text2Bid. Ticket purchasers will be notified via email of their specific bidder number, and instructions on how to get started on the mobile bidding through their smart device.

    Unfortunately, live auction items will not be available to bid on for virtual attendees this year.
  • If I am a virtual attendee and win items, where can I pick them up?

    All items that were won by our virtual attendees will be available for pickup at Mount St. Mary Academy in the Gymnasium from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM on Sunday, March 19th. You must show your receipt to claim your winning items.

    If you are unable to make it during this time, please contact Alexis Arth at aarth@msmacademy.org to arrange another time for pick up, or to have the items shipped to your home (if you live out of town).

Important Chrysalis Links

Below are important links for Chrysalis 2023! Check them out if you are interested in signing up for a Gift Gathering, sponsorship, or purchasing a ticket for the event!

Questions? Please contact Alexis Arth, Coordinator of Development and Special Events at aarth@msmacademy.org.
Thank you to our Chrysalis Sponsors!

Mount St. Mary Academy

3756 Delaware Ave.
Kenmore, NY 14217
(716) 877-1358
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