Chrysalis Ticket Options

How will the event run this year?

All of us at Mount St. Mary Academy understands that the Omicron Covid variant is continuing to cause stress and concern in our community. While we are hosting this year’s Chrysalis in person at The Wurlitzer on March 12, 2022, we do understand that some might feel more comfortable staying home and participating virtually. We also recognize that we have generous supporters who live outside of WNY and would like to contribute. The Development Team at MSM has made the decision to turn Chrysalis 2022 into a hybrid event.


Guests who purchase Chrysalis Event Tickets have one of three options:

  1. Attend the Chrysalis Gala in person
  2. Pick up their meals from The Wurlitzer on March 12th
  3. Have a Buffalo themed CityMade basket shipped right to your house

Thanks to our mobile bidding service it’s easy for anyone with a cell phone to participate from wherever they are. All guests will receive a bidder number to participate in auction bidding. Our out-of-town guests will receive the City Made basket before the event and any items purchased during the auction will be shipped to you directly. Virtual attendees living in the WNY area may also choose to have a basket shipped in place of meals and will be contacted after the auction to arrange pick up of any items won.

The Fun Extras

What is the Fund-an-Item and how can I support it? 

Just like last year, we are raising our paddles for the Chrysalis Grant. Mount St. Mary Academy has long had financial support programs in place to attract and retain students with significant and emergent financial needs within our community. While we will continue to support those programs, the intent of this grant is a little different. Our goal is to help families that are almost there; families that need just a small amount of support to cover the $13,000 cost of an MSM education.

We know that in order to ensure their daughters receive the gift of an MSM education, many of our families make daily financial sacrifices; sacrifices that can, at times, feel too heavy. The worry and anxiety is real as families cobble together monthly tuition payments while managing all of their other financial responsibilities.

Somehow, though, our families keep finding ways to make an MSM education possible. They have demonstrated their dedication to our students’ success here by doing whatever it takes. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to honor that commitment and reciprocate in every way possible so we can further empower the young changemakers who walk our halls every day.

The Chrysalis Grant will help each student in our care bloom even more fully and will additionally support our prospective and transfer families that see Mount as a wonderful opportunity for their daughter while easing their worry a bit about how a Catholic education can be possible.


Frequently Asked Gift Questions

Q: How can I help?

A: 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
  • 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.

Q: How do I send in my gift donation?

A: 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 or (716) 877-1358 ext. 304. If you need to arrange for a pick up at your home, please contact Ms. Alexis Arth

We know this is a time of uncertainty and many mixed emotions. If you are uncomfortable with venturing out to retail stores, consider purchasing items off a local retailer’s website and have them shipped directly to Alexis’ attention at 3756 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217.

Q: I don’t live in WNY anymore, but I’d still like to help. What can I do?

A: Monetary donations are always welcome as we can purchase gift cards to local businesses. 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.

Q: How can I purchase a ticket?

A: You can purchase your Chrysalis ticket by visiting: Chrysalis Tickets | Mount St. Mary Academy ( Your ticket will come with a full three-course meal (plus rolls and dessert) and cocktails provided by The Wurlitzer.

Q: How are donors recognized?

A: All donors are acknowledged in the comprehensive catalog that will be hosted online digitally in 2022.

Q: If I purchase a ticket and choose to be a virtual attendee, how do I place bids? 

A: All of our 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.

Q: If I am a virtual attendee and win items, where can I pick them up? 

A: 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 13th. You must show your receipt to claim your winning items.