Reunion Guidelines for Saint Mary’s High School
Alumni recognize class reunions as one of the most meaningful ways to stay connected with St. Mary’s High School. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association Board is dedicated to serving these events in the most efficient and effective way possible.
In 2011, the Alumni Association Board introduced the concept of an All Inclusive Reunion. This event invites the 6 classes celebrating their 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th reunions to collectively gather for an on-campus celebration. Alumni from other years are always welcome to attend, but the reunion years serve as the target audiences for event publicity. The 5th, 40th, 50th and any year beyond the 50th reunions are managed as individual class celebrations.
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations sponsors the All Inclusive Reunion. In this model, the creation and mailing of an invitation, online registration, management of RSVPs, creation of nametags, a guest list for those in attendance, all event details including finances are all their responsibility of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Class members are invited to get involved by encouraging other classmates to attend the event and personalize the event in ways that are meaningful to their class – maybe there was a particular thing that was memorable that you want mentioned that evening or maybe you want a particular faculty members invited. All of these details make for a meaningful and unique experience. The 2011 & 2012 All Inclusive Reunion were a great success. Attendees left raving about the opportunity to get together without the hassle of managing event details.
The advantages of this model include:
- Full support from the Office of Development and Alumni Relations
- Guaranteed attendance because of larger invited audience
- No need to manage event details, especially finances
- No stress about guaranteed minimums or cumbersome venue contracts
- Ability to focus on the most fun aspects of class reunions – your friends and your favorite memories.
- Opportunity to see friends and classmates from other years
- Tax Exempt Status
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations supports classes that wish to host independent class reunions. In this model, the class leaders are responsible for the invitations and RSVPs, selection of venue, collection of money and payment of all associated costs. Class leaders must be willing to sign contracts and provide required deposits and advances. Unfortunately, because the School is not the name on the contracts our tax exempt status does not apply.
If possible, a school representative will attend the event. It is wise to coordinate the desired event date with the school calendar, particularly if you are interested in inviting faculty and administrators. This is a great model for classes with very committed class leaders and a strong desire to celebrate uniquely as a class.
Please contact Kristin Lynch Graham ’88 in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations if you have any questions.