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02/17/09 08:04 AM #1    

Lynda Brown (Steele)

What you all have done to get everything together is great and I fully intended on coming to the reunion, but I cannot attend at the price it is now. I only speak for myself,but being a single mom on a very limited budget in this economy, $75 for dinner is way out of my range especially since I don't drink. I am sorry if I offend anyone by this, but that is how I feel. I hope some other events can come up that weekend, with or without families. It has been great seeing everyone here and on facebook.

02/28/09 01:34 AM #2    

Craig Galloway

The Reunion Committee made every effort to produce an event at a reasonable price. Our efforts resulted in the Gar-Field Senior Class of 1989 having the lowest ticket price of all the classes holding reunions in the area (Osbourne Park SHS, Woodbridge SHS, Potomac SHS, TC Williams) .

Our ticket price was achieved by our eliminating the use of an event planner/reunion planner. We also personally assumed responsibility for all event related planning (deposits, mailings, website set-up/administration, and all contractual risks and obligations with vendors).

The selection of a golf club rather than a Northern VA hotel for the site of the reunion resulted in huge savings. Had a hotel been chosen, costs would have increased to more than one hundred dollars per person and could reasonably have reached one hundred and twenty dollars per person. These costs would have, at most, included light appetizers and not the full service meal that will be served to attendees. In addition, there would have been a cash bar for non-alcohol and alcohol beverages. Instead, we were able to include a full service premium open bar for non-alcohol and alcohol beverages for the event.

Let's take this discussion off-line and discuss your concerns. We want to make every effort to make the reunion as inclusive as possible. Where there is a will there is certainly a way to ensure that everyone is able to attend the event. My e-mail address is craig_galloway@verizon.net.

You also inquired about other reunion festivities. We are planning a Friday Happy Hour in addition to the Reunion Reception/Dinner and the Golf event. Information about these events will be published here on the reunion website.

Sincerely,

Craig Galloway
Reunion Committee

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