Palm Beach Day Academy’s 2018 Gala Begins Centennial Celebration Countdown

As Palm Beach Day Academy looks forward to celebrating its 100th birthday in 2021, the “Inaugural Centennial Celebration Evening,” will be the first of a series of celebratory events leading up to the milestone achievement. The benefit will take place on Saturday, March 3 at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Chairing the 2018 gala are PBDA parents Frances and Jeffrey Fisher and Amanda and Charles Schumacher. Honorary Chairman is William Matthews, PBDA grandparent and alumnus.



“The 2018 gala will celebrate the countless opportunities PBDA provides its students and salute the faculty for their commitment to challenging and inspiring our children to grow, learn and lead,” said Frances Fisher. “I am honored to be Co-Chairing this benefit and look forward to having our parents, alumni, faculty and members of the community join us on March 3rd to honor our school’s unique history and brilliant future as Florida’s first independent school.”


Striving always for the highest academic excellence, Palm Beach Day Academy has grown from a cottage colony school started in 1921 into an innovative, top-ranked day school serving nearly 500 students from the greater Palm Beach area. The educational program, for age 2 through grade 9, exemplifies the school’s vision to provide exceptional opportunities for academic development, intellectual growth, artistic and physical self-fulfillment, and moral awareness. In a nod to the school’s own history in Palm Beach, Ms. Fisher noted that the Flagler Museum was selected as the backdrop for the evening with an elegant dinner, an exceptional silent and live auction and live entertainment for dancing.


“The centennial is a long-awaited celebration of an incredible educational institution that has been a large part of the foundation of this community,” said Amanda Schumacher. “We are fortunate to live in a community that comes together to help celebrate, support and assist each other. Without the community’s support, this growth would not be possible. There is no better time than the present to reach out to our supporters and to celebrate our upcoming milestone. This is a celebration of our progress and the people that have helped us pave the way to this centennial. It will pave the road for our next 100 years.”


Sponsors to date include Florida Crystals, First Republic Bank, Big Time Restaurant Group, Carpenter’s Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Wells Fargo Wealth Management, Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services and Gunster. Media support is by Palm Beach Illustrated.


The “Inaugural Centennial Celebration Evening” committee members include Molly Austin, Lyanne Azqueta, Robin Azqueta, Sarah Benitz, Whitney Bylin, Pilar Caprio, Monica Coleman, Jackie Delgado, Mae Ferguson, Christie Gannon, Melissa George, Jill Glazer, April N. Grant, Brandie Herbst, Andrea Huainigg, Cristina Kaiser Osborn, Jutta Kassalty,  Jessica Kelty, Melissa Knight, Jessica Koch, Amy Lagae, Marie Leidy, Robert and Cheryl Lerro, Helene Lorentzen, Paula Martin, Eva Maurice, Beth Moross, Nicole Munder, Phatavanh Olsen, Mina Patel, Ruby Patterson, Jill Petcove, Afsy Pottash, Kourtney Pulitzer, Caroline Rafferty, Kim Russo, Saara Salminen, Missy Savage, Carin Searby, Sandy Singer, Lori Stoll, Teresa Tomeu, Lauren Torres and Tara Vecellio.


Palm Beach Day Academy is located on two campuses 1.3 miles apart in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. For more information on Palm Beach Day Academy, please visit or call 561.655.1188. Tickets for the “Inaugural Centennial Celebration Evening” are $250 per person. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or more information on the 2018 gala, please contact Adrienne Arp at 561-655-1188 x129 or [email protected].