Marblehead Community Charter prepares for a gala


MARBLEHEAD — The Marblehead Community Charter Public School is springing into the season with a gala at the Corinthian Yacht Club.

The Spring Gala, which will be May 6 at 7 p.m., honors the school’s 22 years of operation, and individuals who have dedicated themselves to its improvement in some way.

The honorees are Alexis Baliotis Kereakoglow, Police Chief Robert Picariello, Annie Rockwell, Dr. Jeffrey Rockwell and Norma Ross.

There will be a special presentation in memory of Emil Ronchi, former board chair and MCCPS Foundation president.

Most of the honorees are alumni or the parents of alumni. Picariello was the school’s first Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officer in 1996.

Development director Jan Brodie said this is the second year the charter school has hosted a spring gala.

Last year, the gala was at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Brodie said more than 200 people attended, helping to raise approximately $20,000 for the school.

He said they’re looking to net a similar sum this year, which will go toward the purchase of Chromebooks for grades four through six.

Brodie said they’re also looking to upgrade the school communications system, and create more STEM education improvements.  

“It’s open to the community and it’s a nice evening,” said Brodie.

Admission is $50 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, one free drink, cash bar and silent auction.  

Interested parties can contact 781-631-0777 before April 28 to purchase tickets, or go online to

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