URGENT: Save the Mandarin Program and Gala Follow-up
Sun, Mar 8 - Thu, Mar 12
ONLINE

Dear College Park and Bayside Academy Families and Community Supporters,

 
Are you aware that the FMS Fundraising Gala raises more than half of the FMS budget for each school year?  The money raised funds the Mandarin Teaching Aides who make small group learning possible; before and after school Mandarin homework help; enrichment classes at Bayside Academy; as well as participation in the Chinese New Year parade.  All of these programs and staff positions ensure the continued success of the Mandarin programs at College Park and Bayside Academy. 
 
For next school year, we still need to raise $120,000.  Since neither of the schools receive any State or Federal funding for the programs and staff positions listed above, we are asking for your support. 
 
What does your donation dollars pay for?
 
Because of the cancellation of the Gala Saturday night, we have moved the entire Gala Live Auction and Raffle to our Online Auction and are rallying the community to raise as much as we would have at our Gala.  Although it is a big task, we are optimistic that with the generous support of our community, we can do it. 
 
Click here to start bidding
https://friendsofmandarinscholars.schoolauction.net/gala2020/signup
 
Bidding starts tonight Sunday at 8pm and ends Thursday, March 12th at 10pm. 
 
Please also consider donating to our Fund-A-Need Campaign through the link below, which supports all of the Mandarin programs and important staff positions funded by FMS. 
 
Click here to donate to Fund-A-Need 
 
Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule our Gala event for this school year and therefore will not be able to issue any refunds for Gala ticket purchases or casino chip purchases. We are sorry for any inconvenience due to the cancellation of the Gala, and we thank you for your support and understanding.
 
Sincerely,
FMS Gala 2020 Planning Committee and FMS Board