Special Events

Every year friends and supporters gather to hear a personal success story at the Dearborn Academy annual benefit. Many attendees have come to every luncheon or benefit since we began hosting them in 1999.

The Dearborn Academy Annual Benefit

Since 1999, the November luncheon has been an annual event celebrating the success of Dearborn Academy students. Approximately 150 friends, donors, families, educators, local leaders, and former students and faculty return each year for this cherished community event. In the fall of 2014, in celebration of its 65th birthday, the format was changed to an evening 'gala'. The 2017 Annual Benefit will be held at the school's new home in Newton on May 19, 2017; funds raised will go to purchase musical instruments and to pay instructors as we launch our first coordinated music education program at the school.

If you wish to join us or donate, please check out our event page.

Past Events

Luncheon and benefit speakers and hosts have included students, parents, Kim Khazie, WHDH Channel 7 news anchor, and nationally known experts such as Dr. Eileen Costello, author and pediatrician, Dr. Edward Hallowell, one of the leading experts on attention disorders, and Delos Smith, senior economist for the Security Executive Council. We honored Dr. Robert Brooks for his lifetime of support for children and for his special commitment to Dearborn Academy.

Funds raised at the luncheon and benefit support the purchase of computers, library collections, sports equipment, new curriculum, assistive technology, professional development, and more. If you are interested in attending the 2017 benefit or wish to sponsor this important community event, please email Robin Davidian

Our last major benefit, Dearborn Academy's 15th gala event, was held in 2014  and raised over $70,000 as we celebrated our 65th anniversary.  

Arts and Crafts Sales

Twice a year, Dearborn Academy's young artists offer a few pieces of their best work for sale to the general public. From unique hand-crafted jewelry to sculpture, these pieces are the result of hard work, dedication and finely honed skills. For many of these students, it's their first experience making and selling a serious piece of work, and in this way, the Arts and Crafts Sale provides a special entrée into the world's of work, arts and crafts.

When you purchase a piece from our collection, the student artist receives a share of the proceeds, while the remainder helps support Dearborn's arts and crafts studios. Our wood and metal shops, jewelry studio, and digital imaging and art studio are critical components of Dearborn Academy's unique curriculum.

In addition to our winter sale, student pieces are exhibited several times each year at school and local galleries. If you would like to receive emails about future exhibitions or sales, please sign up here. Thank you!

For More Events...

We host many small school and community events throughout the year including a neighborhood barbecue, professional talks and open house events. View our calendar for all our upcoming events. Or, if you'd like to get notices of events by email, please join our mailing list. Thanks.