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A Message from our Gala Chairs

Dear Friends of Chelsea Academy,

Welcome to Chelsea Academy’s 17th Annual Gala.  It has been a great joy for us to work on the Gala committee for many years and we are honored to serve this year as the Chairs of this wonderful event.  We have seen the Chelsea Gala grow into one of the community’s premier annual celebrations and witnessed the monumental growth in the generosity of the many donors who make our school a reality!  For those of you that have attended past Chelsea Galas, it is our sincere hope that this year’s event will be just as enjoyable as you have come to expect.  And for those of you attending for the first time, know that you are very welcome here, that we are glad to have you joining us and we hope that you have an evening that you won’t soon forget.

First and foremost, we are incredibly grateful for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon Chelsea Academy since its founding nearly two decades ago.  From our humble beginnings we have grown to be the largest Catholic K-12 school in western Virginia.  This year is the first year that all 13 grades are housed together under one roof (our very own roof).   While it is a rewarding to see the growth of our beloved school, such growth does not come without its challenges.   But time and time again, with your support and the intercession of our Blessed Mother and her humble servant St. Thomas More, the Chelsea Academy community rises to meet and exceed the challenges, all for the greater glory of God.

We are particularly grateful for the individuals and families who worked the countless hours required to make this Gala a success.  We appreciate the dedication and support of our many sponsors whom return perennially in support of Chelsea Academy. Our special thanks to the faculty and staff of the Academy; those tireless individuals who carry out the mission of educating the children who will become the leaders of tomorrow.   We pray that all of you will be greatly blessed for your unceasing support of Chelsea and its commitment to the faithful formation of our youth!  

It is particularly fitting that this Gala should occur as we celebrate the solemn season of Advent.  As we await in joyful hope the coming at Christmas of the little child who saves the world, we are reminded that our own children, reborn themselves in Christ, are the hope of the next generation.  May the many works and blessings of this Gala and its patrons continue to strengthen these children in faith, hope and love.

In Christ and Our Lady of Guadalupe,

Doug and Megan McCarthy
2023 Gala Chairs