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Ten Years?!?!

I can’t believe it has really been ten years since I graduated from high school! It seems like just yesterday I was throwing girls around and yelling my head off everyday. Come on people, I was a cheerleader, not a bully.

Since I am talented in the area of planning events, I offered my services to our class president to assist/take over the planning of our ten-year class reunion in good ol’ Blairsville, PA. When trying to come up with a location for the reunion, I was limited in options in our small town. I decided to go with Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort and Conference Center. We had a prom there many years ago and it has only gotten better since then. The resort has improved and even build a Hampton Inn on the property to make it much easier for golfers to stay for an extended time to play the two beautiful courses. This was also pretty convenient for those of us traveling in for the reunion who do not still have family in the town. Working with Natalie Barbi (also a BHS graduate, her brother was actually in the class of 2000 with me!) was a cinch. She made planning so easy and I was actually able to do all of the preparation without even making a separate trip to Chestnut. She was willing to work with our budget and via email to make it easy on me.

Now, there are only a handful of people who I have actually kept in touch with from high school. Facebook has definitely made it easy to keep up with everyone’s lives (no, not stalking!), but never actually speaking to them. I wanted to make our ten-year a nice event that everyone would enjoy. Thankfully for Facebook, I was able to round-up a good majority of emails to send an Evite. We were on a limited budget so this was the way to go! Save paper, save money!

I hired Top Dog Productions to pump out the sick beats for the night. Dustin Greene was awesome. You’ll get to hear more about him later. Though no one danced much until the very end of the night once a few beverages had been consumed.

I wanted to create a centerpiece for the tables to add a little something. A table isn’t a table without a centerpiece!! I decided to go with a fall theme for them because it did take place just a day after Thanksgiving. Photo courtesy of Dustin’s skills since I never actually managed to get my camera out of my purse.

One of our own, Jen McKen, set up a photo booth. It was her own reunion after all! We had a great time with different props and chalkboard. Many of the photos were posted on Facebook. Here’s an example :)

I think overall the event was a success considering I was asked a few times when I would start planning the 11, 12, 13, etc. year reunions. Here’s a group shot of the remaining BHSers at the end of the night.

I am looking forward to organizing our next official reunion in 2015! But maybe one sooner at the Italian Club next Thanksgiving? What do you think guys??


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