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Nichols Night will be our 43rd annual auction event attended by parents, friends and alumni. The auction is the school's major fundraising event with 100% of your donation benefiting the students' education.


Nichols Night Co-Chairs
Candace '84 and John Darby P'19,'21,'23 

Brigid Doherty and René Jones P'21,'23


ITINERARY - March 21, 2020

Nichols Night kicks off at 5:30 p.m.

Silent Auction and Mobile Bidding

Live Auction - 7:30 p.m. in the FPAC

Delicious food and cocktails catered by Oliver's


Auction Committee

Cynthia Ciminelli, Live Chair
Tracy Bauer, Acquisition co-chair
Dawn Ricotta, Acquisition co-chair
Jackie Gurney, Decoration Chair

Jessica Baird, Jen Balbach, Amy Bard, Liz Bares, Jen Basile, Christine Borowski, Molly Boscarino, Carolyn Coppola, Amanda Crotty, Julie Gicewicz, Kelly Hall, Dora Iskalo, Jamie Kelly, Delia Koeppen, Lisa Laski, Michelle Lee, Shannon Martin, Christine Meyo, Sheri Mooney, Vicki Newman, Pam Ortalani, Michelle Penque, Odie Porter, Kristin Saperston, Jennifer Schulefand, Kate Simmons, Christen Smith, Lisa Stapleton, Lori Stein, Dana Stoffman, Julie Szumigala-Farkash, Melanie Yohe, Darcy Zacher, Valerie Zingapan


Dads for Auction Committee

John Darby, co-chair
René Jones, co-chair

Todd Benderson, Frank Ciminelli, Ravi Desai ,Alan Elia ,Gil Farkash ,Steve Foley ,Richard Gicewicz, Cutler Greene, Bill Gurney, Chris Hamill, Paul Iskalo, Jim Newman, Scott Saperston, Scott Socha


Is this the former Derby Day?
 Yes, Nichols Night: the party to N all parties is our annual auction. 

Where is Nichols Night taking place? Nichols Night will take place on campus in the Student Commons and the Flickinger Performing Arts Center.  The Student Commons is a new space on campus that opened in the fall of 2019 and we are excited to showcase the venue for this special event.   

What should I wear? Party or Cocktail attire is encouraged. 

Is there assigned seating? There is no assigned seating. The party will be a cocktail-style reception with food stations and small tables available throughout the venue. 

What will I eat? A variety of passed hors d'oeuvres and themed buffets catered by Oliver's will be available.

What does my ticket cost include? Ticket costs include food and beverages.

Will a paper ticket be mailed to me?  Physical tickets will not be issued. All attendees are recorded online.

Can I bring children? Over 21 years old permitted.


I have additional questions. Who do I contact? Email us at and we will be happy to assist you!

Gift Gatherings

Thank you to all who were able to attend a gathering and donated an item to the auction. It is not to late to donate, please drop off your item(s) to the Advancement Office or visit our Amazon Wish List for ideas.

October 3, 2019
Thank you to Rich and Julie Gicewicz P'14,'15,'19,'21 for hosting a great gathering at your home.

November 6, 2019
Thank you to Candace '84 and John Darby P'19,'21,'23 for hosting a wonderful party at your home.

November 20, 2019
Thank you to Frank and Cynthia Ciminelli P'17,'20 and Rene` Jones and Brigid Doherty for hosting an awesome gathering at Giancarolo's.

January 27-29, 2020
Donations can be dropped off at the Middle or Upper School during morning drop off from 7:30-8:15 a.m. 

Donate an Item Now


For Nichols Night 2020, we are hoping to acquire some fresh, new items to offer our patrons to bid on the night of the event. We greatly appreciate any cash, Amazon and/or Visa gift cards as donations to package spectacular gifts for our Auction! Also, you may visit our Amazon wish list.

Electronic items
Vacation Destinations
One-of-a-kind experiences
Restaurant gift certificates
Sport or Theater tickets
Concert tickets
Sporting equipment
Handmade Items
Visa & MasterCard gift cards

Donate an item now

Nichols Night Sponsors


M&T Bank


Butler Manufacturing Company
Darby Family
Ravi K. Desai, MD PC
Bill and Jackie Gurney
Chris Hamill
Iskalo Development
Rene' Jones and Brigid Doherty
RP Oak Hill
Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc.
UB Neurosurgery
Women First Healthcare of WNY

Richard and Julie Gicewicz
Hodgson Russ
LBM Construction 
Morgan Stanley

AdPro Sports
Barclay Damon, LLP
Benderson Development
Donna and Matthew Feldman
Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham LLC

Buffalo OB/GYN
David Chevrolet Buick

William Mattar

Nichols Night Advertisers
Howard Hanna - Karen Baker

Contact Us

Nichols School
Questions? Please contact Janelle Zera


Nichols School, Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY, USA

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