Sage’s Virtual Gala is a Record Breaking Success

Sage’s Virtual Gala is a Record Breaking Success

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The Sage School’s Inspiring Minds Virtual Gala and Auction held on Saturday, April 4 was a record-breaking success, raising over $100,000 to support the school’s advanced academic programs for students in Preschool to Grade 8.  Three weeks prior to the event, the Gala Committee shifted to accommodate a virtual format with speeches made through Facebook Live, YouTube videos, virtual paddle raises, a virtual wine wall and silent auction. “I would like to commend The Sage School parents who have been so supportive with their contributions and participation,” says Courtney Pupkin, Director of Annual Giving. “The school can and will continue to do a wonderful job for the children in this trying time.”

This year’s gala honored longtime Sage community members and alumni parents, Suzanne McGilvray and Jose Alvarez P ’06, ’08, ’14. Sue and Jose’s time at Sage has spanned over 18 years with José serving on the Board of Trustees from 2004 – 2009 and Sue serving from 2012 – 2020.  For the past six years, Sue has served in the role of Board Chair. In their professional lives, Sue worked as an accounting manager in the financial services industry.  For the past twelve years, José has served on the faculty of Harvard Business School. Prior to his work at Harvard, he was president and CEO of Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover.  Sue and Jose’s commitment to Sage’s mission of educating gifted students is unparalleled and their contributions of time, treasure and talent will leave a profound legacy.

Special thanks to Gala Co-Chairs Shefali Agarwal and Jennifer Zarella, and the Gala Committee, Esther Chery, Melissa Cowden, Shelly Griswold, Donna Horan, Zhan Hu, Alex Kazarov, John Kyner, Frankie Liu, Cheryl Martel, and Julien McCluney for their dedication to making this Gala the best to date. Thank you, too, to our Gala sponsors, Bard Academy, The CaraDonna Family, Commonwealth School, Duggan Mechanical & Plumming Services, Yelena Elman, Inspired Technology and Communications, LLC., Meredith Keach, Meghanne Martel, Motti Electric Co., North Eason Savings Bank, The Pastuszenski Family, Pedrick Counseling, and The Wheeler School for their support.

While the Gala and Auction has ended, The Sage School Annual Fund is still open until June 30, 2020! If you would like to support our incredible faculty and students and the inspiring work that is done here every day, please click here to donate.


Click below for more from the event! 

Gala and Auction Event Program

Welcome from Head of School, Marie Leary

Honoree Video