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

This year, we are raising our paddles for a new endeavor, 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 that 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!

  • Donate items that showcase all that Western New York has to offer – Buffalo/716 collectibles, locally made gift items, specialty items related to WNY (e.g., Redlinksi Meats, Becker Farms, Ted’s, Andersons, etc.)
  • 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 virtual 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 March 1, 2022. Email For more information, please contact Ms. Alexis Arth, Coordinator of Development and Special Events at or (716) 877-1358 ext. 304. you need to arrange for a pick up at your home.

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 Stephanie’s 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: Your ticket will come with a full three-course meal (plus rolls and dessert) and cocktails (signature cocktail, 2 bottles of wine) 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.