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 26, 2021. Email Stephanie King (sking@msmacademy.org) if 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 Stephanie’s attention at 3756 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217. Please also consider purchasing an item off of our Amazon Registry; all items will be shipped directly to the school.


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. Please consider using our Amazon Registry or shopping online and having shipments sent to MSM.


Q: How can I purchase a ticket?

A: You can purchase your Chrysalis ticket by visiting: https://www.msmacademy.org/support/chrysalistickets/. 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.

If you live outside of NYS you can still buy an event ticket! All bidding is via mobile phone and Live Auction is via zoom. In lieu of dinner, we will ship a custom-made MSM & Buffalo basket prior to April 24th through CityMade!


Q: How are donors recognized?

A: All donors are acknowledged in the comprehensive catalog that will be hosted online digitally in 2021.