Annual Gala

A Night for the Blue and White Annual Gala

Saturday, February 26, 2022 – We’ll be gathering in-person to celebrate our school and fundraise for our students.

Our Lady of the Wayside School’s annual Gala has grown to become one of the most important fundraisers for our school community. For more than 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.

We intend to celebrate together this after having a virtual Gala in 2021. This year’s Gala will be a bit different than in year’s past. Attendees do not have to organize a table this year. The evening will feature heavy appetizers and small tables placed around the room – this will allow you to visit with more friends throughout the evening. 

Of course, there will be a LIVE auction with fantastic one-of-a-kind experiences and great trips. There will still be a silent auction, classroom projects and classroom parties, plus a wide variety of sign-up parties.

Put this date – Saturday, February 26, 2022 – on your calendar and be a part of the wonderful community fundraising event for our school.

The money raised at the Gala is used to fund vital Family & School Association programs that support the students, teachers, and The Annual Fund. These funds are heavily relied upon to support the school’s mission statement to enrich our students’ minds, foster a deep and meaningful faith in each child, and expand their talents. By championing our students today, we ensure the continued success of OLW School and the students of tomorrow.

Fundraising proceeds from the Annual Gala are very important to OLW School, as tuition and fees don’t cover the full cost of operating the school. The Gala proceeds help fund:
– the services of a licensed school counselor
– reimbursements to teachers for classroom expenses and professional development
– the cost of field trips, cultural assemblies, and special days for students
– continuously updated technology in the classroom.
These are just a few examples of how important your donations are towards the success of our students. All of these achievements are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students, faculty and parents.

In previous years, money raised specifically during the Gala Fund a Need allowed the school to install security cameras and new keypad locks in the elementary, middle and preschool buildings. The benefits of the security upgrades were immediately seen by the administration and others. The new cameras have improved procedures for safety drills and actions that would be taken in an actual emergency. Replayed footage has also helped in the handling of various discipline situations and can be accessed remotely at any time by the administration. A robust Fund a Need  drive also helped make possible an update to the school offices and the renovation to renovate the large library space into a new modern multi-purpose room. Two unused classrooms were then turn into separate primary and elementary library/resource spaces. Middle school books were moved to the middle school building so that students in grades 6-8 have easy access to books that are appropriate for them. 

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

Pictures from previous Gala’s

    Gala Chairs from past few decades                                always a beautiful event       

Classroom projects are inspiring and creative                Lots of sports items are always up for bid