We look forward to seeing you on Friday, April 1, 2022 at the Albany Barn for “Back Together Again (for Every Student)” – our 23rd annual AFE Gala!

We plan to gather in-person to enjoy good company, entertainment, food, and drink, while honoring organizations and individuals whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the students of the City School District of Albany through these challenging COVID times. If circumstances do not permit an in-person event, we will transition to an online or hybrid event.

Honorary Committee and Sponsorship opportunities for the Gala and Auction are available now. 

By supporting the Gala as an Honorary Committee member or Business Sponsor, you allow AFE to provide unique opportunities for Albany’s students. All proceeds from the Gala support the academic, physical, social and emotional well-being of Albany City School District students.

Over the past two years, AFE has pivoted to meet immediate needs, supplying chromebooks for students in households where multiple children were sharing one device, providing weekend food bags for students during the school year and summer, and offering grants to teachers to help them adapt their lessons to the challenges of virtual and socially distanced learning. All of these programs share a common goal – to ensure that our students can learn, grow, and succeed

The Gala is AFE’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and provides approximately a third of our annual budget. The pandemic may have put the Gala on hold, but it did not decrease the need for AFE’s programs and services – in fact, the need is even greater now. Thank you to our generous Business Sponsors and Honorary Committee Members!

Business Sponsors

Summa Cum Laude

Cum Laude


Honeywell Logo

Honor Society

Albany Public School Administrators Association
CSEA – Local 1000
First New York FCU
Honest Weight Food Co-op
RC3 Communications

Individual Supporters

Cum Laude

Chuck and Barbara Manning

Honor Society

Charles and Charlotte Buchanan
Albert De Salvo
Judy Doesschate and Tom Keefe
Ann Gifford
Annette Nanes and Scott Meyer
Onnolee and Larry Smith
Charles Shopsis and Audrey Smolin
David and Sandra Whiston

Honorary Committee

Natalie Aiello and Robert Paley
Ken Baker
Gary Bakst, M.D.
Dr. R. Bamberger
Sheryl and Steve Baum
Doris E. Bedell
Michele Atallah & George Benson
Peter Casale
Cynthia Clo and Cindy Moorcraft
Natalie and John Criscione
Gene Damm
Susan D’Entremont and John B. Jones
Michael R. DeVall and Betty
Mark Eagan, Capital Region Chamber
Douglas Ebersman, C.P.A.
Erin M. Engstrom
Anne Erling
Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy
Elaine C. Freedman/RLF Realty
Liz Hitt and Nancy Kelly
Pamela and Robert Howell
Janine Jurkowski
Margaret and Steve King
Hon. Darius Shahinfar and Noelle Kinsch
Hon. Ellen Krejci
Ron and Katie Lesko
Martha and Leo Levy
Paul Masters and Jill Taylor
Hon. John T. McDonald III
Gail and William Meehan
Ruth Pelham
Bonnie Premo
Jim and Roberta Read
Nicholas Horton ’82 and Julia Riseman
Hon. Kathy M. Sheehan
Sam and JP Shipherd
Bobbie Siegel
Johanna Steper
Ellen Sullivan
Mary E. Sullivan
Theresa and Carl Swidorski
Jonathan and Lisa Thomson
Bob and Deb Ward
Hon. Tabetha Wilson
Joe and Emma Wolfe
Deborah and Joshua Zamer