• The Foundation for Deaf Education was founded in 1997 and our mission is to improve the quality of life for the students at St. Mary's School for the Deaf by funding the programs and activities that are not covered by NY State Legislative Appropriation.  

    Our Annual Blue & Gold Gala is a special event featuring a Community Partner Awards Ceremony,  the SMSD Staff and Alumni Awards Ceremony,  a Live & Silent Auction, and a performance of Moana Jr. by SMSD's incredibly talented Drama Class.

    Thanks to the generosity of community partnerships and donations, we are able to provide our remarkably diverse students and their families an opportunity they can't receive in a mainstream setting, and inspire them to achieve excellence.

    We're proud to have a 100% Graduation Rate, and our students succeed in becoming productive members of society, including Professors and Culinary Chefs. We've come a long way, but we have further to travel. We need your help.

    Spend an evening "Under the Stars" with us to support our mission and celebrate over 170 years of dedication and the accomplishments happening at St. Mary's School for the Deaf.



    To purchase tickets, use this link...

    To make a donation, use this link...


    Gala invintation


  • Kelly DeDario

    716.834.7200 ext. 101