175th Anniversary Gala


Saint Mary’s School marks its 175th year with a gala celebration on Friday, May 12, 2017 – exactly 175 years to the date that the “Original 13” girls arrived for their first day of school at Saint Mary’s 1842.

The gala will take place on the school’s beautiful, historic campus under an extraordinary big-top tent.

The 175th gala volunteer committee, under the leadership of co-chairs Laura Norris Raynor '69HS '71C and Joan Comer Johnston '87C, with honorary chair is Blanche Robertson Bacon '53HS '55C, has been hard at work drawing on the talents and contributions of the school’s more than 10,000 alumnae worldwide with a focus on the Saint Mary’s legacy across generations of women.

Gala invitations featuring the calligraphy of Lynn Johnson Titchener '73C invite guests to an evening of fine food provided by Ladyfingers Caterers (owned by Tudi Martin Jackson '91HS) and live music by The Black and Blue Experience.

Collaborating with Themeworks Creative, the committee will create a festive and elegant atmosphere for the evening’s program that includes special guests from around the world, former Saint Mary’s administration, as well as highlights of the school’s history provided by First Citizen’s Bank that will become part of a permanent virtual archives for the school. In addition, a special painting by artist Ellen Rodham Hathaway ’79HS ’81C has been commissioned to help commemorate this milestone year in the history of Saint Mary’s School.

The 175th Anniversary Gala is the crowning event following months of special activities and celebrations commemorating Saint Mary’s 175 years of excellence in educating women.

175th Anniversary Events Calendar


"An educated woman can make a difference."

The Rev. Aldert Smedes
Founder, Saint Mary's School

Visit Celebrating 175 Years for more on Saint Mary's history.

Gala Sponsorships

175th Anniversary Gala sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. Click here to see a list of opportunities. If interested, please contact Julie Ricciardi, Director of Development, at jricciardi@sms.edu or 919-424-4114.

Celebrate Saint Mary's 175th anniversary with a commemorative scarf, champagne flutes, or other specialty item. Visit our shop1842 for more information!

Click here for a list of members in the 1842 Society.

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