Community Support

While St. Mary’s is primarily funded through the State of New York, recent budgetary concerns have hit our School. We are always in need of additional funds to support many school programs and services that the State does not cover.

There are many ways you can support St. Mary’s School for the Deaf.

Become a Corporate Partner

We are excited to offer a new Corporate Partnership Program to the community. Every parternship is unique and may include supporting our Annual Appeal, sponsoring an event, obtaining naming rights to a room on our campus, funding a particular area of need, making in kind donations or volunteering. If your business or company is interested in becoming a sponsor, click HERE to learn more. 

Leave a lasting memory with our Brick Campaign:

The walkway where your brick would be located leads to a statue of Abbe de L’Epee (who opened the first deaf school in Paris, France). This bronze monument is the work of Eugene A. Hannon, a deaf sculptor who began his study of art at St. Mary’s. Buying a brick along this walkway is a great way to commemorate an important piece of St. Mary’s history. We offer two brick sizes 6 X 9 ($150) and 12 X 12 ($300).

Click HERE to view our brochure for more information!

Donate to our Annual Appeal Campaign:

Each year in late November – December, we run an Annual Appeal Campaign. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please e-mail Diane Gardner at

Donate "In Memory Of" A Friend/Family Member  who has passed away:

Families often ask for donations/memorials be made the St. Mary's School for the Deaf when a loved one has passed away in lieu of flowers. In order to make a donation, checks can be made to the School at the address below. Please put in the memo line of the check what the donation is for (ie: "In Memory of _______"). 


Donations can be sent to:
St. Mary's School for the Deaf
Attn: Diane Gardner
2253 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214

Attend One Of Our Fundraising Events:

Throughout the year we host numerous fundraising events that are always a great time!

Our Annual Fundraisers are:

Golf Tournament: The 6th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Fox Valley Club, 6161 Genesee Street, Lancaster, NY,  on Monday, September 15, 2014. Cost for Individual Golfers is $110; Foursomes are $440. Regsitration includes green fees, golf cart, use of driving range and practice area, use of locker room facilities, lunch, beer/beverage cart, cocktails, dinner, prizes, and more! Sposnorships are available. Click HERE for Sponsorship/Registration Packet. 


5K Run & Fun Walk: Help SMSD raise money for the school and participate in a great race through Delaware Park. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Check out the event brochure, HERE. To register, mail in the brochure registration form or Register Online at HERE


Tray Auction: This annual Basket Auction featuring hundreds of items helps our Juniors and Seniors raise money for their class. This year's Tray Auction will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Stay tuned for more details!


Annual Awards Dinner & Auction: This event is SMSD's biggest fundraiser and is a fun night out for all who participate. The evening features three auctions: Basket, Silent and Live. SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 5, 2015 for our next Awards Dinner event! 

Other fundraisers come up throughout the year. Check our Calendar out for all the latest events happening at the School!  

Purchase A Piece From The "Embrace The Difference" Line:

St. Mary's School for the Deaf was recently added to the list of organizations who will receive funds from The Embrace The Difference line of jewelry. $30 from each piece purchased can be earmarked for our School. You will be asked when making the purchase which organization you want to designate the money to. Thank you to Robyn Zimmer and Embrace The Difference for adding us to their list!

Send Us Your Boxtops & Campbell Soup Labels:

SMSD collects "Boxtops for Education" and "Campbell's Label for Education" labels to help raise money for School programs and services. Boxtops and labels can be found on various products that you may purchase on a regular basis. Please send these to the School, Attn: Elementary Department! The boxtops/labels really do add up!




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