West End Day School (WEDS)  is a nonprofit, special education school dedicated to making a difference in the lives of its students and families.


Although this school of less than 50 students is small in number, its impact is powerful and lifelong. For over 35 years, WEDS has been a safe haven for students to grow and build resilience so they can learn how to face challenges. Not only has the school continued to support its students in the most personal ways possible, it has also managed to keep them in school, in-person and full-time, during the pandemic. Now that's a tremendous achievement worth celebrating!


On May 6th, West End Day School will be virtually hosting its Annual Spring Benefit- the most important fundraising event of the year. This will be a magical night honoring West End Day School's true miracle workers: our faculty.


As West End Day School continues to respond by providing a whole new educational model to ensure safety during the pandemic, we are asking our community members to respond as well. Please stand by us in raising funds to strengthen our most important effort: to provide our students and faculty every innovative safety measure to keep them in school and thriving. The proceeds raised from this year's Benefit will go towards the exorbitant costs that keep students in school full-time and help this loving school remain "WEDSstrong" throughout the pandemic.


The goal of the benefit is to offer a wide range of unique items and experiences for our community members to bid on. We ask you to please consider what you - or someone you know - could donate that you would like to see at our Benefit. Popular items from past benefits, reimagined to take into consideration virtual options, include:  


  • Tickets (virtually or with new restrictions) to: concerts, sports events, late-night or popular TV shows, or other special events & VIP experiences. 
  • Vacation getaways (weekend homes, timeshare rentals, airfare miles, etc.) Local destinations a plus! 
  • Unique and special gift certificates that can be used to create an "COVID-friendly" experience
  • Special nights "out" on the town (virtual cooking classes, wine/beer tasting parties)
  • Themed baskets or packages of related items  
  • Limited edition memorabilia or collectibles, or other new and unique merchandise like jewelry, designer purses, books and accessories
  • Subscription boxes


If you are unable to donate an item, you can still support us by making a donation, purchasing an advertisement, or sponsoring the event.  All advertisements will be featured digitally on the Annual Benefit website, in our video montage on the night of our Benefit, and also printed in the school yearbook. Please note that all gifts to West End Day School are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.


If you are interested in learning more about our Benefit, please view our website homepage or contact Alyson Rumley in the Development Office at arumley@westenddayschool.org.


Thank you in advance for your generous support.


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