The Reunion Project – Friday Fun (5/17)

By Scott Ryan

With six weeks to go before reunion weekend, we’ve decided to double our fun. In addition to the Saturday party, we’re arranging a pre-party mixer the night before at a restaurant. It’s a good way to give people a second option, and we can include some people from neighboring classes. It’s also a chance to raise more money. We’re asking for contributions–not a set amount, just whatever people feel like chipping in. A bonus is that the restaurant is run by one of our classmates.

As far as Saturday goes, we’ve surpassed ticket sales from our 20-year reunion. This is good, but not good enough. We’re expecting 150 people, but almost half still haven’t bought their tickets. I’m guessing everyone’s going to wait until the last minute. We’ll sell door tickets, but I’d hate to think that we’re depending on 50 people to show up on the spot.

I’m pleasantly surprised by the number of sponsors and donors we have. Several local businesses have chipped in with gift cards, products, and money. The money is certainly a help, while the gifts make for some fun raffles. I think we’ve got a couple of fundraisers planned over the next six weeks too.

How easy is it to keep track of almost 400 people? It isn’t. This has become a nearly full-time job, making sure I don’t lose track of people when they move, RSVP, or get in touch with someone I’ve been trying to locate. I’m tired–but hoping this will all be worth it next month.

*About this blog: Scott is a 1988 graduate of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Va. and is blogging about his experience ahead of his 25th high school reunion in June 2013. You can contact Scott at 248-945-9950 or via email at Please put “The Reunion Project” in the subject line.

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