Celebrations 2023

Debbie Zlotowitz will be retiring at the end of the school year, after an extraordinary 30 years as head of school. Because there is so much to celebrate, MMFS will be hosting two fundraising events for the community this spring, both of which will honor Debbie and her incalculable role in the history of the school.

New this year will be A Legacy of Brilliance: Gala 2023, on Tuesday, March 21 at the Brooklyn Museum. At this formal evening, we will pay tribute to Debbie and unveil the new Visionary Fund, which will act as an endowment, created in Debbie’s honor and at her request. Debbie has expressed the desire to have her legacy for the future of MMFS be the creation of an endowment that will increase our ability to provide financial aid to our growing community and secure the school’s financial vitality.

Our annual benefit, Illuminations 2023, will be on Thursday, May 18 at City Vineyard at Pier 26 in Tribeca. This celebration offers a relaxed atmosphere, with our traditional silent auction, Giving Gardens, and other opportunities to raise money in support of excellence in our classrooms.

Mark these dates on your calendars. More details about both events to come in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Director of Development Sadia Mehmood-Pellicano at sadiam@mmfsnyc.org.

Honoring Debbie Zlotowitz

Debbie Zlotowitz became head of school at Mary McDowell Center for Learning in 1993. She took this small school, which had opened nine years earlier with five students, and transformed it—through sheer force of will and with imagination, innovation, and alchemy—into one of the country’s premier independent schools for students with learning disabilities. Today, Mary McDowell Friends School is a highly respected K-12 college prep program for students with learning disabilities, with 430 students in three buildings.

Debbie always had a vision for what special education should be, insisting that it never be less than a mainstream education. With her bone-deep conviction that every child can learn when given the attention and specialized resources they need, Debbie often says that “special education is excellent education.”

Debbie not only touched the lives of thousands of students; she hired and mentored a generation of teachers and administrators, several of whom have gone on to lead other schools. Debbie is a leader in the field of special education, sitting on the boards of educational organizations such as The Guild of Independent Schools of New York City, Bank Street College of Education, and West End Day School. She also served on the boards of Friends Council on Education and New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).

To say that the school and its success are due in large part to Debbie is an understatement. To many current and former students and staff members, she IS Mary McDowell Friends School.

We honor Debbie Zlotowitz for 30 years of dedication to Mary McDowell Friends School. Her legacy of brilliance—reflected in the classroom, the curriculum, and the community—in turn reveals the brilliance of all the students whose lives she has touched.

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship

  • VIP | $50,000
    · Includes 10 tickets to the Gala
    · Platinum ad in digital journal, option to submit recorded 20-second video
    · 2 dedicated social media posts Jan-March
    · Logo recognition on invitation
    · Opportunity to provide branded gift for attendees
    · FMV: $3,700
  • CELEBRATION | $25,000
    · Includes 8 tickets to the Gala
    · Platinum ad in digital journal, option to submit recorded 15-second video
    · 2 dedicated social media posts Jan-March
    · Logo recognition on invitation
    · Opportunity to provide branded gift for attendees
    · FMV: $2,600
  • PLATINUM | $15,000
    · Includes 6 tickets to the Gala
    · Diamond ad in digital journal
    · 1 dedicated social media post Jan-March
    · Logo recognition on invitation
    · FMV: $2,200
  • SILVER | $10,000
    · Includes 4 tickets to the Gala
    · Gold ad in digital journal
    · FMV: $1,540
  • BRONZE | $5,000
    · Includes 2 tickets to the Gala
    · Gold ad in digital journal
    · FMV: $740

Underwriting Opportunities

Underwriting

Underwriters will receive prominent recognition at the Gala, on the Gala/Benefit 2023 website, in marketing materials, and in the Head’s Report.

COCKTAIL RECEPTION | $15,000
· Includes 2 tickets to the Gala
· Name on Gala digital invitations
· Logo and sponsor recognition during cocktail hour

TECHNOLOGY | $4,000
· Name on Gala digital invitations
· Gold ad in digital journal

DIGITAL JOURNAL | $3,000
· Diamond ad in digital journal

DECORATION | $2,500
· Emerald ad in digital journal

FACULTY TICKETS | $1,000
· Provide 3 tickets for MMFS faculty or staff members to attend the Gala
or
· 5 tickets for MMFS faculty or staff members to attend the Benefit.

Tickets

Tickets

  • TICKET | $365
    One Ticket
  • PAIR | $700
    Two tickets
  • TABLE | $2,800
    Eight tickets

Journal Ads

Journal Ads

  • DIAMOND | $1,500
    Full-page ad in digital journal, option to submit recorded 15-second video
  • EMERALD | $1,000
    Full-page ad in digital journal
  • GOLD | $750
    Half-page ad in digital journal
  • SAPPHIRE | $500
    Third-of-a-page ad in digital journal
  • RUBY | $250
    Quarter-page ad in digital journal
  • GRATITUDE | $100
    Share your gratitude on our Gratitude Montage