June 4th and I hope you all can make it! We start at graduation leading the seniors in. Then we move on to a luncheon and party 1-5pm at Juliano’s where we had the last bash. I will secure another location for after 5 pm for a pay as we go if the group wants to stay together longer. I suspect we will!
The cost is $25.00 per head for Juliano’s and we have created a legacy scholarship in honor of our deceased classmates. No gift too big or small. Completely voluntary.
If you want you can mail to me at the school. Check made out to;
Salesian High School
148 E Street
New Rochelle 10801
Separate checks for party and donation to scholarship please. I made the scholarship restricted so we can’t co mingle the funds.
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Billy Aiello needs email addresses so we may begin to organize our 50th High School Reunion! Please reach out to Billy directly at:
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Wives and significant others are absolutely invited. I failed to address that important point in my very first communication - my bad - senior moment.
Do I have to attend the graduation and the luncheon/gathering post luncheon at Juliano's? - No you do not, but I would love to see us march in force leading the seniors.
How much will the reunion cost? The school and my department will pick up the cost of 2 of the 4 hours which will mitigate some of the expense. Stay tuned for our end amount.
Are we making a donation to the school? Five or six brothers have already committed to making a donation towards a legacy scholarship fund. This is 100% voluntary. My thinking was to have the funds in memory of our fallen brothers from the class of 1972. No amount too small, and certainly no amount too large! I will be the only one knowing who and what amount. I pledge confidentiality to you all. At the reunion it would be cool to announce the total.
Hotels? Tough question. I suggest using a travel site to look for deals. White Plains, Rye, New Rochelle and Greenwich/Stamford have sites within driving distance. Paul Rao says we can all stay at his place - not!
Master of Ceremonies? The one and only Carl "CB" Benevento has graciously agreed to guide us through the day. Of course, anyone is invited to come up and take the microphone to say a few words.
Teachers? John Flaherty is working on that for us. Sadly Fr. John and Fr. Frank passed away. Br. Jim and Paul Macchio have some health issues. Trying to round up Walters, Martinelli, Mian, LoCastro, Bill Ferruzzi, Toolan and others.
What's next? Head count of you and plus one. I will work on price for our half of the gig.
AND PERHAPS THE SINGLE MOST FAQ...Is Breckwoldt coming? All I can is that he had better come - or else there will be eternal pain.
Be well one and all - I cannot wait to see us all in one place again. As always, please look at the email list and keep trying to find people. If I made any glaring omissions please let me know so I can fix and forward.
Men of '72,
I have to give the school and Juliano's a read on minimum attendees for June 4th. Since it's a minimum it is not our final number, but I have to have a floor guarantee.
Why the school? The school orders sashes, gold diplomas, and medallions for those of us who lead the graduates into the ceremony on Saturday morning. Salesian also sets up a breakfast buffet and then kicks off our party by paying for the luncheon portion.
Juliano's? For obvious reasons they are giving up a Saturday in June which is prime time for them.
Why are we doing it this way? I was thinking that a.) we are all 20 years older vs. the last party and starting earlier might help b.) Having the school provide the early portion and paying for it would help mitigate travel costs since we are spread out across the country and world in a few cases c.) Those of us who can stay awake can always move the party to another venue if we are still standing!
Things to consider. It's a long day, so no one has to go to the graduation ceremony and march. However, it might be a hoot leading the kids in. They have a mass and awards ceremony on Friday night so the graduation is not a long process. It is in the new air-conditioned gym so no one passes out from the heat. Most important -I would love to see us march those kids in. The more the merrier - a strong showing to do us proud.
Rough Schedule - Breakfast 9:30ish. Graduation 10;30 start. Luncheon at Juliano's 1:30ish. We take over around 3:30ish. For our portion we could do apps, beer, wine, soda and cash bar for booze - open to suggestions.
Teachers - Flash Flaherty on this. Mian, Macchio, Marinelli, Toolan, Walters etc. Fr. John and Fr. Frank both passed away. Some current Salesians will be at lunch.
Optional Gift to the school - It has been suggested by a few that we create a financial aid gift for an incoming student in memory of our fallen brothers Joe DiToma, Rich Miceli, Dougie Faul, Danny McNeil, Larry Smith, Bubba Sousa and Joey Granata. I have already received commitments from some of us. Optional and confidential - no gift too small and no gift too big. Only myself and the donor will know the contribution. Only the total gift will be announced. I will ensure that each donor gets a thank you/tax receipt.