The Spring Gala

Both the Annual Fund and the Spring Gala raise funds to support the school’s operating budget. The Spring Benefit is the largest community fundraiser for the school and focuses its attention on funding financial aid and professional development. The evening is a wonderful way for the community to come together in support of the school.

Past Galas have featured entertainment by Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, and Itzhak Perlman.

Most recently, Gateway hosted NYC Mayor Eric Adams, an advocate for dyslexia. 

The Gateway School Speaker Series

In April of 2021, The Gateway School reimagined its annual Spring Gala fundraiser as The Gateway School Speaker Series: Conversations x Connections. The aim of the Speaker Series was to celebrate the diversity of minds, intelligence, and abilities by facilitating open and inclusive dialogue, expose our community to perspectives on a range of contemporary topics, and ultimately learn from and about each other during a historical period of time in the world. You can read more highlights from the event here.

Featured panelists included:

  • Harold S. Koplewicz, Founding President of the Child Mind Institute
  • Jason Flom, Record Executive and Philanthropist, and Allison Flom, Writer and Director
  • Libby Wadle, CEO of the J. Crew Group
  • Micaela Erlanger, Celebrity Fashion Stylist
  • Chassie Post, TV Style Correspondent, Host, and Lifestyle Editor
  • Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler, Co-Founders of SoulCycle
  • Noma Dumezweni, Olivier Award Winner and Tony Award-Nominated Actress
  • Judine Somerville, Actress, Singer, and Faculty Member at The Ailey School
  • Eric Seidel, Professional Poker Player
  • Maria Konnikova, NY Times Bestselling Author, Journalist, and Professional Poker Player