Are you interested in making a donation for our Chrysalis Auction? Here’s all of the information you will need and a few gift ideas to get you headed in the right direction.

A charity auction is a major fundraiser, an occasion that is as exciting as it is worthwhile. Chrysalis will be a wonderful social event, a night of culinary delights, upbeat fun and an opportunity to procure wonderful gifts, services, personal items and travel – all for a good cause. The nature of the auction process allows everyone associated with the event to choose their individual comfort zone and participate at whatever level they choose.

The items acquired for the Chrysalis are auctioned in two ways:

Silent Auction

Most of the goods and services received will be sold through the Chrysalis Silent Auction. Each item is photographed and then uploaded to our mobile bidding software. Auction participants bid electronically for the items they are interested in purchasing. Gifts will range in value from approximately $25 – $250.

Our staff worked hard over the summer to build a Top-250 gift list! Click here to view these gift ideas which are great examples of what items sell at the auction and our attendees are highly interested in. We will work diligently to keep this list up-to-date to show what’s been donated leading up to the event.

Because our theme is “There’s No Place Like Home…Celebrating WNY,” we encourage donations of items from local businesses. Click here for some great ideas!

Examples of sought after gifts include but are not limited to:

  • Themed Baskets (popular themes include wine, kids, entertainment, sports, crafts, etc.)
  • Housewares and Small Appliances
  • Artwork
  • Sports Equipment and Memorabilia
  • Electronics, smart accessories
  • Gift certificates, sporting and event tickets, cultural venue passes
  • Jewelry and Handbags
  • Home improvement services like new flooring, sprinkler system, landscaping, etc.
  • Summer-themed items (patio furniture, grills, boating excursions, etc.)
  • Box seats to Buffalo Bills or Sabres game
  • Bicycles – adult or child
  • Power Wheels vehicles for children
  • 6-12 months of fresh flowers
  • Season passes or memberships to places like Shea’s, the Buffalo Zoo, the Aquarium of Niagara, Theatre of Youth, etc.
  • Outdoor items like Adirondack chairs, fire table, kayak, etc.
  • Limousine and winery, brewery and/or distillery tour
  • Skiing/snowboarding season passes or package, tools, accessories, etc.
  • Buffalo-themed decor or other items
  • Tuition for one student for one year
  • trips, vacation package, weekend getaway, time share rental, tickets to places like Disney World, Hershey Park, Busch Gardens, Cedar Point, etc.

Live Auction

The Chrysalis Live Auction features a professional auctioneer. Live auction items, on display throughout the evening, are those exceptional gifts considered significant because of their value, rarity and appeal. The value of these items ranges from $200 to those of a more intangible or “priceless” value. Items that sell best and bring the greatest return are use of summer homes, resorts and condominiums, trips and cruises, jewelry, sporting event packages, Disney World passes, larger outdoor equipment and packages, higher end luxury bags, and original works of art.

No matter your gift price point, you can help us build a live auction package! Cash contributions and donations of restaurant vouchers, event tickets, hotel or flight vouchers and more can add up to create a fabulous live auction item. Do you live out of town? Contact us to help us build a vacation package for your new hometown.

How do I donate my gift?

Donations can be dropped off in the Main Office on school days between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can make an appointment for an alternate drop-off time by contacting Stephanie Ohol King ’05 at (716) 877-1358 ext. 306 or Or join us for an upcoming gift gathering party and have a good time with your MSM friends while doing a good deed.

Don’t forget to download a donation form.