Annual Gala

A Night for the Blue and White Annual Gala

Annual Gala is March 3 and BidPal is now LIVE! Click here to be taken to our online Gala webpage. From here you will be able to purchase tickets, make a donation, and view/bid on auction items. Check back often as this page is updated with the latest information about the 2018 Gala. Have questions about the Gala? See our FAQ below or email us at


Our Lady of the Wayside School’s annual Gala has grown to become one of the most important fundraisers for our school community. For nearly thirty years, local businesses, friends of the parish and school, and numerous other supporters have looked forward to setting aside an evening in celebration of OLW School. A Night for the Blue & White will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

We have many reasons to be proud. In 2015 the U.S. Department of Education awarded a National Blue Ribbon to OLW School. Our eighth graders continue to excel nationally and within the Archdiocese of Chicago on the national Aspire test. Our seventh graders have won their division at the Regional Science Fair for the last six years. Furthermore, OLW just completed a five-year grant-funded partnership with Roosevelt University that provided our teachers with professional development on the latest and best literacy practices and classroom materials. Because of the grant and support from Roosevelt University, we saw measurable success in improved literacy across all grades. All of these achievements are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students, faculty and parents.

A Night for the Blue & White is an opportunity for parents, faculty and staff, parishioners, and friends of OLW to come together in support of the school. The money raised at the Gala funds vital Family & School Association programs that support OLW students and teachers and the OLW School Annual Fund. By championing our students today, we ensure the continued success of OLW School and the students of tomorrow.

We invite you to experience the tradition of OLW School’s 29th annual Gala, A Night for the Blue & White, and to become a part of Wayside’s future.

Jaymi Griesmeyer, Cassandra McKenna, Rachel Mortellaro, Christa Schermerhorn

2018 Gala Co-Chairs

BidPal – click here to RSVP and sign in for the 2018 Gala.

Gala FAQ 2018 – answers to frequently asked questions about the annual Gala

Sponsorship and Donation Opportunities 2018 – this sheet describes the many ways you can support the Annual Gala

Sponsorship & Donation Agreement 2018 – ready to become a sponsor to to donate an item or service? You can fill out this form online, save it to your computer and email it to us.

Advertising Agreement 2018 – include your business and/or personal ad in our Gala Event Book. Just fill out this form online, save it to your computer and email it to us.

Feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions.


Sign-Up Parties – a reference guide to sign up parties from Gala 2017


Pictures from Gala 2017