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President's Gala

An Update about the 2020 President's Gala

Following careful consideration and consultation, we have decided to cancel the 4th annual Bay Path University President’s Gala scheduled on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Sheraton Springfield. Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, donors, and friends—and with respect to the recommendations from our government and public health officials as they relate to COVID-19—we have made this difficult decision. We are extremely disappointed to convey this news, but feel it is the right decision for all involved. This action follows CDC guidelines to limit gatherings that could unintentionally put our community at risk.

We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors, advertisers, attendees, auction donors, volunteers, students, and staff that have been working on this farewell to Dr. Carol and Noel Leary. Special thanks to our Gala Chairs: Mary '74 & David Bushnell, Laura & Rick Grondin, and Michelle & Peter Wirth. Thank you to the Sheraton Springfield and all of our vendors who have been understanding and accommodating. We will continue to display sponsor logos on our website, advertisements, and in email newsletters.

For those who have already donated to the President’s Gala, please know your support is so important to us, now more than ever. Your donation will help students, who otherwise would not have been able to attend or stay in school, receive a college degree; and for that, we thank you.

If you have not yet donated, we hope you will consider supporting our students who struggle to pay their tuition and other educational expenses. We will be printing President’s Gala program books as a thank you to our sponsors and supporters; books will be distributed in April as well as available online. If you have not sent in your advertisement yet, please do so by March 25 to There is still ad space available in the book, and donations for ads are fully tax-deductible. You may choose to advertise your business, send a message to Carol and Noel Leary, or congratulate students on their studies. All funds raised via program book ads support scholarships for deserving Bay Path students.

Again, we appreciate your understanding and continued support of Bay Path University. If you have any questions, please contact Eunice Bragg ( or 413-626-1093) or Kathy Cotnoir ( or 413-847-1330).