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NYA Soiree 2023
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Join parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, and friends

June 2, 2023

The NYA event tent will transform into our very own speakeasy:

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Try a “giggle water” a “panther punch” or a “mascot mock-tail” at our hosted bar and enjoy an evening of games, silent and live auctions, music, and dinner to support NYA!

We look forward to seeing you under the tent on June 2nd!

Cocktail Attire Suggested

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Event Schedule:

6:00 p.m. — Allagash Brewing & Maine Craft Distilling hosted cocktail reception. Peruse and bid on silent auction items.

7:00 p.m. — Program begins. Live auction and paddle raise.

7:45 p.m. — Dinner, dessert bar, mingling, music, and dancing.

9:00 p.m. — Last chance for bids! The silent auction closes at 9:00 p.m.

Raise a Paddle


We believe that you often have to experience it to learn it. At North Yarmouth Academy, we go beyond. Beyond the basics, beyond expectations, and beyond the classroom to provide students with hands-on experiences and reflection to better connect theories and knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations. 

Experiential learning opportunities exist in a variety of forms at NYA, including community service, Kauffmann Program offerings, Innovation Lab, theatrical and musical performances, senior speeches, overnight class trips, field trips, visits with authors, explorers, scientists, artists, surgeons, firefighters, engineers, and many more.

When a student’s education is enhanced with opportunities to study and learn beyond the classroom, they gain: 

  • A better understanding of course material 
  • A broader view of the world and an appreciation of community 
  • Insight into their own skills, interests, passions, and values 
  • Opportunities to collaborate with diverse organizations and people 
  • Self-confidence and leadership skills 
  • Opportunities to make decisions and be accountable for results 
  • Deeper connections among classmates and faculty  
  • Fun!  

NYA’s small class sizes, dedicated and nimble faculty, and strategic approach to experiences beyond the classroom for toddlers through grade 12 ensure every student can fully benefit from a range of hands-on experiences.

When you raise a paddle at the Soirée, you will help students become more engaged and excited about learning and ensure NYA faculty have the resources needed to add a variety of experiential activities to their curriculum.

Thank you!  

Our Silent Auction is LIVE!

Start bidding on Silent Auction items now for the chance to win golfing at the Woodlands Country Club, artwork, Maine State Music Theater season tickets, spa treatments, spirits, and more!

Register & Tickets


Thank you to our many sponsors who help make this event special and effective!

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Become a Sponsor

With a Sponsorship:

2023 NYA Soiree Sponsors

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  • Full page (8.5”h x 5.5”w) ad in printed programs and your logo on Soirée and Golf Tournament event websites. Foursome at NYA golf tournament. Eight tickets to the NYA Soirée with option for table reservation if desired. Verbal recognition at the event by emcee. Logo displayed at event.
    Price: $4,000.00
  • Half page (8.5”h x 5.5”w) ad in printed program and your logo on Soirée event website. Eight tickets to the NYA Soirée with option for table reservation if desired. Verbal recognition at the event by emcee. Logo displayed at event.
    Price: $2,000.00
  • Half page (4”h x 5.5”w) ad in printed program and your logo on Soirée event website. Eight tickets to the NYA Soirée with option for table reservation if desired. Verbal recognition at the event by emcee.
    Price: $1,000.00
  • Quarter page (3”h x 3.75”w) ad in printed program and your logo on Soirée event website. Two tickets to the NYA Soirée.
    Price: $500.00
  • Business card size ad in printed program and your logo on Soirée event website.
    Price: $250.00

Who's Coming

First NameLast NameRelationship/Year
RickAbbondanzaP'04, Trustee
NickAlberdingP'21, Trustee
EricAustinP'15, P'17, Head of Upper School
KristiBelescaDirector of Marketing and Communications
GretchenBergillDirector of College Counseling
GarrettBowneP'09, P'11
JanetBowneP'09, P'11
JamesCabot '98P'30, P'32, P'36, Trustee
ReneeCabotP'30, P'32, P'36
ElizabethCoughlin '15
JasonCurrier '95Trustee
FreddieDanielP'26, P'28, P'30, P'32, Trustee
TonyDiMarcoP'25, P'28
AnneEcheverriaGP'34, GP'38
ThomasEcheverriaGP'34, GP'38
SvenFahlgren '89
PeteFitz '05P'37
DianaGarciaP'07, P'14
EllaGrady '20
GiuiaGradyP'20, P'26
JamesonHardyP'37, P'38
MeaganHardyP'37, P'38
JamesGarrett '98Trustee
BobHilscherP'16, P'18, P'20, Trustee
CraigHurdGP'28, GP'30
AliceIngrahamGP'28, GP'30
NathanIsaacson '06Trustee
AmityJacksonP'21, P'22, P'26
BenJacksonP'21, P'22, P'26, Head of School
ReedKellyP'25, P'28
Lissa von Brecht '02King
SarahKirbyP'28, P'30, Trustee
TomKirbyP'28, P'30
MichaelKovachP'30, P'32
RenaeKovachP'30, P'32
GretchenLacombeP'22, P'25
EricLacombeP'22, P'25
ChloeLeishman '14
AmyLeshureChief Financial Officer
ChristopherLorenzP'28, P'30, Trustee
SteveMalcomP'15, P'17, Trustee
LindaManchesterP'15, P'20, Trustee
WaltManchesterP'15, P'20
MarissaMarkonishP'19, P'23, Head of Lower & Middle Schools
BarbMarrP'17, Trustee
ChristopherMazzurcoDirector of Information Technology
SheryllMcCaslinGP'23, GP'27
LincMerrill '75P'04, P'06, Trustee
JessLynchP'29, P'31, Trustee
DrewOestreicher '89Trustee
LoriPoulinP'22, Trustee
AshleyRandlettDirector of Admission
HannahRenyiP'29, P'32, Trustee
TimRenyiP'29, P'32
JenniferRichardP'29, P'31, P'33, Director of Development
DixonRileyP'89, P'92, GP'25, GP'28
Susan MyerRileyP'89, P'92, GP'25, GP'28
PeterRobbinsP'22, P'25, Trustee
KaylaRose '14
KelsyRossP'34, Director of Athletics
CatrionaSangsterP'16, Trustee
KellyScharfP'25, P'28
VaughnSchofieldGP'23, GP'27
SigSchutzP'23, P'24, Trustee
HeidiSeelyP'26, P'28
MarkSeelyP'26, P'28
MichelleSheldonP'29, P'31
ValentineSheldon '87P'29, P'31
AshleyShinayP'36, P'38
JonathanShinayP'36, P'38
DennisSt. HilaireP'23
KelleySt. HilaireP'23
LynnSullivanUpper School Dean of Students
CathyTiltonGP'37, GP'38
KevinTiltonGP'37, GP'38
BetsyTodP'20, P'25, Trustee
ElizaTod '20
RobTodP'20, P'25
CathyVon BrechtP'02, P'05
CharlesVon BrechtP'02, P'05
CatyWerner '05Trustee
NanetteWignallGP'23, GP'27
SimonWignallP'23, P'27
TonyWignallGP'23, GP'27
Dr. WhitneyWignallP'23, P'27
CarllWilkinsonP'26, P'29
StephanieWilkinsonP'26, P'29
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For more information or for help with online registration for the Soirée, please contact Jess Lynch at

Special thanks to our NYA Soirée Planning Committee for contributing their talents, energy, and time.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207.847.5423 or visit our website at