Key Chrysalis 2021 Information

Chrysalis 2021: “There’s No Place Like Home… Celebrating WNY!” – FAQ for Guests


The Dinner

Do I have to select a time slot to pick up my dinner at The Wurlitzer?

We strongly encourage that you please do this to help us manage the flow of traffic. 

Each ticket holder is entitled to a delicious takeaway dinner including drinks as part of Chrysalis 2021. Please follow this link: to select your pick up time by Monday, April 19. 

Pick up time on Saturday, April 24th is between 1:00pm-4:00pm at The Wurlitzer, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. 

What’s included in my dinner?

Each dinner includes a dual entree of Filet Mignon and saltimbocca chicken, garden salad, smashed herbed red skin potatoes and vegetable, and tiramisu. Also included are a half bottle of red and white wine, and our signature drink – Loganberry Cocktail!

Are the meals ready to eat?

All dinners will be fully cooked and packaged to-go to be reheated when you get home. This way you can enjoy dinner when you want it – whether you’re attending a Chrysalis at Home viewing party with friends or enjoying it solo.

What if I do not want to pick up a dinner?

If you opted in for a dinner but do not want to a pick-up dinner, that’s ok! That portion of your ticket will be considered a donation to the event.

What is the protocol for pick-up of the dinner as there is no physical ticket?

The RSVP link will ask you to choose a pick up time. Please arrive during that time slot and enter the Wurlitzer parking lot off Niagara Falls Blvd. by pulling into the driveway closest to Platters. Stay to the right and pull up to the main entrance of The Wurlitzer Building. You will see volunteers who will ask you for your name and check our RSVP list. To keep contact at a minimum, please open your trunk so we can place your order inside your vehicle. Our goal is to have you in and out quickly!

What is the recipe for the signature cocktail?

Vodka, Loganberry syrup and lime juice topped with soda water. A new Buffalo classic!


The Bidding

When will mobile bidding open and close for baskets and other silent auction items?

Silent auction mobile bidding will open on Monday, April 19 and close at 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. You will receive an email with instructions on how to get started on Monday, April 19. If you do not or if you need assistance, please email

How do I log into mobile bidding/Text2bid?

Text the keyword “MSM” to 71760 and follow the link that is sent back to you. Follow the login procedures on the page you’re redirected to. 

How will I get my bidder number?

You will be automatically assigned a bidder number after you enter Text2bid for the first time. If you do not receive an email, please contact Stephanie King, Director of Institutional Advancement, at Each couple registered will share a bidder number, unless you previously requested to have separate numbers. 

What should I do if I have technical issues logging into mobile bidding?

Please email with your name, phone number, and question. 


The Live Auction

How and when can I sign on for the live event? What is the live event?

We are excited to have a live portion of our auction using Zoom. We will include a link to our live, virtual “gathering” in an email on Saturday, April 24.

The live portion of Chrysalis at Home will take place on April 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. We will use this time for guests to check-in and say hello to each other from a Chrysalis viewing party or their homes. Guests will hear from MSM Principal Katie Spillman, our student speakers, and other special guests. We will also conduct the live auction during this time. Stay tuned to our Facebook page to see the live auction line up.

 What if I do not have a Zoom account?

If you don’t have a Zoom account, you can register for FREE here:

 How do I bid for live auction items?

We ask that if you want to bid on a live auction item you do so by participating in the chat feature during the live auction portion. We will have all guests muted at this time. We will have volunteers watching computer monitors at our “Chrysalis headquarters” helping the auctioneer determine who is the leader of the current item. The final purchase amount will be added manually to your final Chrysalis invoice.

 Please bear with us as we navigate this unusual time together and experiment with this virtual option. We want this to be fun for everyone as we come together to celebrate our 26th annual Chrysalis to support Mount St. Mary Academy, the wonderful students who are currently enrolled and future Mounties to come. 


The Pick-Up

How do I pay my final invoice?

You will pay for your final invoice once the auction closes at 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. If you choose not to pay with a credit card you must pay with cash or check (made payable to Mount St. Mary Academy) when you come to pick up your items on Sunday, July April 25 (see below).

What proof of purchase do we need to bring for item pick up on April 25?

You will be emailed an invoice at the end of the event and it will itemize your purchases. Please print this and bring with you or have it readily available to view on your smartphone.

When and where can I pick up my items on April 25?

You may pick up your items anytime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 at Mount St. Mary Academy. Please enter using the driveway off of Waverly Drive and follow the cones to the designated area in the student parking lot. A volunteer will approach your car and ask for your name, bidder #, and a copy of your receipt via phone or print out. To keep contact at a minimum, please open your trunk so we can place your items inside your vehicle.


The Fun Extras

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 26, 2021. Email Stephanie King ( 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.

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.

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.