Kindergarten through Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
Parents' Association

Fay Spring Gala

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Gala 2017: At A Glance

Date: May 6, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Place: Charter Oak Country Club, Hudson, MA (directions)
Event: Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing, Live Band, Silent and Live Auctions
Dress: Festive cocktail party attire

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is the Gala?

    The Fay Gala is the Parents' Association’s primary fundraiser and is held every other year. It is our opportunity as members of the Fay community to financially support the School and ensure the continuation of programs that enrich our children’s experiences at Fay.
  • How can I help?

    Attendance - Join us at the Spring Gala!   Not only will you be supporting a worthy cause, but you will have a chance to bid on amazing items.
    Time - Give of Yourself!   Help parents from all grade levels plan a successful event.  We have many opportunities to fit your time and talent, especially on the day and evening of event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Deb Insani at
    Treasure - Share Your Resources!   Become a Gala Sponsor either as an individual, family or company.  Or donate an auction item directly or through your business.
    • What types of items do you want for the Auction?

      We need your help to make this auction a success! Please consider donating an item.
      If it is something you would like, then chances are the other Fay families will also. Below are a few best-selling highlights from different categories:

      GETAWAYS AND OUTINGS:  think Escape! A week or long weekend at your vacation home or favorite getaway y, train, airline tickets or sailing excursions.

      WINE and GOURMET: think Delectable! Catered dinners, wine tastings, gift certificates to your favorite restaurants; fine wines group dinners or vineyard tours.

      SPORTS and ENTERTAINMENT: think Fun!  Tickets to the theatre, concerts, professional sporting events, lessons, sporting equipment and memorabilia.

      KIDS SCENE: think Son or Daughter! If your child would like, it’s a perfect fit! Electronics, summer camps, birthday parties and the latest fashion.

      BOUTIQUE: think Easy! Share the businesses you support (or work at, or own) with other Fay families: everything from dry cleaners to dentists and massage therapists to manicurists. It’s a win-win for the business who might find a new customer!  Best time to ask for a donation; when you are already in the place of business.

      FAY’S BEST: think “Dedicated”! Our very own faculty and staff donate special experiences and items that are always an auction favorite.

      Please feel free to contact Martha McNally at or Anne Mato at for additional suggestions. We would be happy to work with you to coordinate the perfect item or experience. 

      A Gala donation box has been placed in Mrs. Carr’s office, located on the first floor of the Root Building, for the collection of small items and gift certificates. It is important to us that we acknowledge your generosity, so please label your item. We will also gladly coordinate arrangements for pick-up of donation items too. 

      Click here to see our auction donation wish list and sign up.
    • How can I contribute to the Gala if I am unable to attend?

      We encourage all Fay parents to be part of this wonderful community even if you are unable to join us in person. There are several ways for you to do so: donate an item or experience to the auction, host a faculty member, or be a Gala sponsor. Your support is appreciated!

      Click here to see our auction donation wish list.
    • If I am unable to attend the auction, can I still bid?

      Parents who are unable to attend will have the opportunity to place sealed bids. If you are interested in making a sealed bid, please contact Deb Insani at
    • What is the dress attire for the Gala?

      The dress code for this year's event is cocktail party wear. Dress festive! (Note: Charter Oak does not allow jeans.)
    • Is there an open bar?

      There will be an offering of a signature drink on a first-come, first served basis during the cocktail reception. Wine will be included with your meal. A selection of alternate wines will be available by the bottle for cash purchase as well. In addition, there will be a cash bar for other drink preferences.
    • Is there a vegetarian selection for dinner?

      We have a wonderful menu planned for your dining experience. If you would prefer a vegetarian meal, one will be available at your request. Please inform us prior to the Gala as advance notice will help Charter Oak plan accordingly.
    • What is the Quickie Board?

      The Quickie Board is a timed-auction format that allows you to bid competitively on items listed on a board. The Quickie Board will be running during the silent auction and will contain many unique and exciting items and experiences.
    • How do I pay for the item(s) purchased at the event?

      You may pay with cash, check  credit card or Smart Tuition accounts.  We strongly encourage the use of cash, checks or Smart Tuition accounts to ensure the smoothest transition and to maximize your donation to Fay by avoiding credit card fees.
    • Can I use my child’s Smart Tuition account to pay for my auction purchases?

      Yes! You can use your child’s Smart Tuition account at the Gala.
    • Can I preview auction items prior to the Gala?

      Yes! We will have our auction booklet posted online prior to the Gala for your previewing pleasure.

    The 2017 Parents' Association Spring Gala

    Gala Committee

    Robin Giblin
    Committee Co-Chair

    Gabriela Marquez
    Committee Co-Chair
    Deb Insani
    Vice President, Hospitality
    Martha McNally
    Gala Committee Member 

    Anne Mato
    Gala Committee Member

    Heather Girolamo
    Gala Committee Member

    Andrea Furman
    Parents’ Association President