Annual Gala


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, February 25, 2017.

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 is in its fifth year of a grant-funded partnership with Roosevelt University to provide our teachers with professional development on the latest and best literacy practices and classroom materials. Through this grant, we have seen measurable success in improving literacy across all grades. 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 28th annual Gala, A Night for the Blue & White, and to become a part of Wayside’s future.

Jeanine Andriano, Jaymi Griesmeyer, Cassandra McKenna, Mary Schneider

2017 Gala Co-Chairs


Quick links:

Sign-Up Parties – a reference guide to this year’s sign-up parties

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

Gift Giving Opportunities and Agreement – save this document to your computer, fill it out electronically, and email it back to