Virtually Epic Spring Gala on May 30-text epicevening to 76278



Oh, what night! Our 2020 Spring Gala was one for the books in more ways than one as we reinvented our event to transition virtual platform and yet raised a record amount for financial aid, teacher appreciation and programs–one of our most successful events ever!

 Our hearts are filled with gratitude to all who help present–and all who enjoyed–our Virtually Epic Evening.


Click on the photo to enjoy an encore performance and experience the excitement and fun of your gala all over again.


Behind the resounding success of the gala is the hard work, creativity, professionalism and commitment to our mission by some amazing staff,  parents and board members, performers and musicians, technical experts and community friends.

Please join us in thanking:

Download the gala program Virtually epic program


Enjoy these highlights of your Virtually Epic Evening:




May 30, 2020 event update:

The big day has arrived!

Here are a few important updates:

Questions/info/login information: Mary Claire Davis, 304/395-4378 (cell-text),


Preview of your Virtually Epic Evening:


Enjoy this behind the scenes look at our stellar art auction:


The success of this event is made possible by our epic supporters, including our top sponsors:

Each year, MMS invites our entire school community to participate in the biggest fundraiser on the school calendar–the spring gala. When a traditional event became impossible, our committee members had their work cut out for themselves. One of the biggest concerns was whether our supporters would take part in a virtual party. We should have known better… when asked, our community always says “YES,” and this year’s Virtually Epic Evening is poised to be one of the biggest fundraisers ever.

As of this morning, Saturday, May 30, sponsorships and donations are still coming in! It’s not too late to invest in your child’s education with a tax-deductible gift. Text epicevening to 76278 or visit the event platform.

We are so grateful for the generosity of our school community, including our sponsors. 

Epic Sponsor

Sarah & Ben Bailey

Bailey Glasser LLP


Inspiring Sponsor

Advantage Technology


Empowering Sponsor

Ryan & Shelley Whittington

Club K9

Inspiring Sponors

Elsie & Bill Carter

Blaire Malkin & Rob Bastress

Tiffany Lasky & Eric Olle

Pierson Technology

Robert & Il Su Spangler

Stevens Family

Awesome Sponsors

Adore Nails

Jennifer & David Carriger

Clifton & Katie Clark

Cusick-Lewis Family

Amanda Davis & James McQueen

Mary Claire & Matt Davis

Darnold & Lyons Heating and Cooling

Susana Duarte & Joseph Jenkins

Selling WV Real Estate Professionals

Magician John Slicer

WV Ortho Neuro/Carrie Frame, DPM

Ben & Meredith Thomas

JoEllen Zacks


Amazing Donors and Ticket Holders

David Baldwin & Kristin Reis

Brad & Cassie Barker

John & Emily Christian

Enybe Diaz & Brandon Merritt

Lori Dubrawka

Erik & Valerie Frontz

Emma & Theron Gibbs

Brad & Anna Holliday

John & Michelle Hussell

Diana Jacobs

Patricia Johnston

Aaron & Jennifer Preston

Jack Rogers & Elizabeth Scharman

Virginia Singleton

Erica Smith-Woods

Stacy & Eric Snyder

Ron Sowell

Ami Smith Spangler

Melissa & Nick Stuchell

Jennifer & Brian Tucker

Maria & Michael Young



Mountaineer Montessori School will present an uplifting evening of entertainment, all-ages dancing and auctions on Saturday, May 30, starting at 7:00 p.m., as its annual spring fundraiser goes virtual this year.
“Virtually Epic” will celebrate the school’s 43 years of excellence in education and raise funds for financial aid, teacher appreciation and programs. 
 “We are always proud of our students, teachers and school community and never more so than in the past weeks, when their creativity, strength and grace has never shown brighter,” says MMS Director Jennifer Carriger. “We are all looking forward to the opportunity to come together and celebrate our special community.”
The family-friendly event, to be hosted by Jim Strawn, will be presented on Zoom and live streamed on Facebook. The evening’s entertainment includes Ron Sowell, director of the Mountain Stage Band; Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa who perform as “The Sea The Sea;”  Alasha Al-Qudwah and “Minor Swing;” and soul singer Sonji Byers Baldwin. Mark Davis of Vinyl Village will spin the tunes.
An auction of individual and class art projects is the highlight of the school’s annual spring fundraiser. During this year’s event, teachers will introduce the pieces virtually. This year’s stellar works were based on the school’s year-long theme, “Epic Education” and the Montessori” “cosmic” approach to education. 
Cosmic education is a cornerstone of the Montessori philosophy, presenting a comprehensive, holistic and purposeful big picture that encompasses the development of the whole person with the context of the universe. It also introduces the belief that humanity might have a “cosmic task,” to better the world for future generations.
The online auction also features an array of prizes donated by local businesses and artists. Admission to the virtual event is free. Tickets and sponsorships are still available. Text epicevening to 76278 for more information or go to


What if there were no limits to what you could learn?

That’s what every day is like at Mountaineer Montessori!

Our out-of-the-box, out-of-the-classroom approach to education empowers the unlimited potential in each child and creates an inspired future for our students, community and world.

We’re taking this same creative, out-of-the-box approach to our annual spring fundraiser, which was rescheduled due to public health concerns.

VIRTUALLY EPIC, the 2020 MMS Annual Spring Gala, will now be held online on Saturday, May 30, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The re-invented event is being announced today, May 5 —#GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity which was created as response to needs arising from COVID-19.

Now more than ever, we need to celebrate our remarkable school community and do our best to sustain our 43-year tradition of excellence and innovation in education.

We invite everyone to join us to:










Text epicevening to 76278 for more information or visit our givesmart event platform for more information. 

The need is real and the need is NOW

We all want to return to the same amazing school in August and your support will make that possible . Sponsors will receive the benefits as before, with the in-person food and beverages to come at a special thank you reception planned at a future date.

Every individual or family who makes a minimum $50 ticket purchase or donation will receive a specially curated at-home party package, which will be hand delivered to your door by a gala committee member!

If you previously purchased a gala ticket or sponsorship and have questions, please contact Mary Claire Davis:

Epic Evening Sponsorship Menu

Epic Evening Auction Letter

Epic Evening Sponsorship_RSVP Confirmation



Y’all come!

While the fundraising is critical, equally important is to bring our entire community together at this time.

ALL MMS families and community friends are invited to participate in this VIRTUALLY EPIC event on May 30 at no charge. . You’ll see familiar faces as we dance together, laugh together and celebrate everything that makes our school so special.

Zoom link information will be available prior to the event. Please watch your email and social media for updates, announcements and information on how you and your children can take part in its success. We’re in this together!















Clean out, give back

Although we have collected many amazing donations, items are still needed for the online auction . Can you donate a gift certificate for a future specialty home cooked dinner or spectacular baked item? Share your craft, piece of art or home made item? Teach a skill or facilitate an experience for another family? Re-gift a new item that is nice, but is no longer needed? Contribute a high-quality vintage item that our families would like?

We will gladly accept your tax-deductible donation. Contact Mary Claire Davis for details or enter the information and a photo directly on our event platform through the “Donate Item” on the landing page.

Text epicevening to 76278 for more information or visit our givesmart event platform for more information.