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Reunion2016 News & Information Center
It's hard to believe it's been 30 years (and when we look in the mirror we might like to forget), but alas another milestone anniversary is upon us. The committee has plans in the works already and will be updating this section of the official site and Facebook page with all pertinent info, so be sure your official profile here is claimed & updated, and that you have already "liked" (registered on) our Facebook page. We are running paid campaigns to reach as many of you here and via Facebook as possible for maximum input and attendance. Our 20-year weekend reunion event was outstanding so if you enjoyed it you'll definitely like this one ...and if you missed it, here's your second chance!
Our 20-year reunion in 2006 was quite a success. It was a two day-event at the Wigwam Resort with a poolside mixer the first night then the main event the next in one large conference room with plated dinners and special presentations (if you haven't already, take a look at the photos from the event on our official website or Facebook Page).
This time however we are changing things up a bit with a classier, more elegant tone. The setting will be a cozy country club with three separate rooms featuring more refined decor, an intimate lounge with ample cushy chairs and sofas, a dedicated bar and a buffet-style dinner spread making for a free roaming mixer with a more varied and atmospheric setting, including a very large outdoor terrace which the rooms open up to. We have some other special surprises planned as well that we hope all will enjoy. Ticket prices are slightly higher this time around but they are lower overall since the mixer is now combined into a one-night extravagant event. If you missed last time, you won't want to miss this one ...and next time, well, just think how old you'll be in 2026!
The event takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 6-11 PM. We suggest you arrive on time as the night ends a bit earlier this time, although we are making plans for a nearby "after party" gathering as well. Each attending party must purchase one primary "Alumnus" ticket and may purchase one additional "Guest" ticket at a discounted price. We are offering these Early Bird rates for a very short time only. Rates will continue to increase incrementally until the event, with no exceptions so be sure to purchase yours as soon as possible. Last-minute tickets may be purchased at the highest rate (with no guest discount) at the door if absolutely necessary, but we do not advise this as you may miss out on certain perks if attending without prior notice. Your name tag is your ticket and no one will be admitted without one - no exceptions! For those who were somehow admitted to the last event without paying, you will be required to settle that debt before purchasing a ticket for this event.
General Rates: Alumnus = $100; Guest = $85
*NOTE: If we fall short of our budget rates may increase, so please book ASAP (last-minute tickets will be the same price for all, with no guest discounts).
* = required field(your purchase will be rejected and payment refunded if you leave these fields blank!)
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
Due to the planning and pre-funding and head-count required by the venue that is involved when sponsoring an event like this the committee CANNOT ALLOW DIRECT REFUNDS FOR ANY REASON, otherwise they would experience chaos with no certainties and would risk further debt from what we already have. We encourage you to try your best to make the event as we have a big night plan with many old faces that haven't been around in a while. Despite your purchase price, remember class reunions happen just once every ten years and the memories are priceless! However, if you absolutely cannot make it after purchasing tickets, or are uncertain about bringing a guest, here are some suggestions that may help:
• Sell (or donate) your ticket to a class member who hasn't purchased theirs yet, but BE SURE THAT YOU CONTACT THE COMMITTEE TO LET THEM KNOW of the substitution and all their details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise they will end up stuck at the door because they have no ticket (name tag) at will call. No one will be admitted without at ticket (name tag).
• While we suggest you buy your tickets ASAP (rates are subject to increase indefinitely before the event), if you are not sure try to purchase them as soon as you do know for sure.
• If you are not sure whether or not you will be bringing a guest (at the reduced rate), we suggest you buy your single ticket now and then if you do decide to bring a guest we will refund the original payment once you have paid the new payment for yourself and your date at the current rate.
• If you are pretty sure you will be bringing a guest but don't know who yet, you can save by purchasing your two tickets now (before prices increase) and then try to secure a guest at that reduced rate. We will allow you to make changes to the guest on file until October 15.
IN A NUTSHELL: The committee can only make changes that do not decrease their total income and once paid you are responsible for showing up, finding a replacement, or otherwise forfeiting your purchase price.
NEED REUNION LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS?
For those traveling long-distance to the reunion and who don't have alternate lodging arrangements class president Rachel Brockey has secured discounted group rates at three area hotels. Because there is a convention in town that week IT IS BEST TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS ASAP, well in advance especially for Friday and Saturday nights. Here are the details and group rate booking contacts for each:
Hampton Inn & Suites (Goodyear): Mary Mills @ 623.536.1313
2 full (double) beds = $139 + tax (Oct. 20, 21 & 23): 10 rooms blocked off for us each night
Holiday Inn Express (Goodyear): Mary Mills @ 623.535.1313
2 queens or one king bed = $99 + tax (Oct. 20, 21 & 23): 10 total rooms (5 of each) blocked off for us per night
The Wigwam Resort (Litchfield Park): 623.935.3811
Rooms available ***SATURDAY & SUNDAY NIGHTS ONLY***
Discounted Rates: Adobe Traditional = $159.00; Oasis Terrace = $189.00; Suites = $224.00 & up
Two ways to book these rates:
• Dial 623.935.3811 then "0" for operator and ask for the in-house reservation team, using Rate Code: AFJ22CI, or • Simply Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDAR and BOOK YOUR TRAVEL!
The AFHS Class of 1986 30th Anniversary Reunion will take place in just three short months, the weekend of Oct. 21-23 and is open to all friends, family and mid-1980's classes who want to join us. Further details and advance ticket purchase info will be released as plans are confirmed in August, but please be sure to schedule any necessary time off work or travel arrangements NOW, so you don't miss out!
REUNION CRUISE CANCELED
Due to a lack of sufficient interest from the start followed by subsequent cancellations, the committee has decided it is no longer practical to sponsor a group reunion cruise. For those few still registered, you may request a full refund of your $150pp deposit before Aug. 1 by e-mailing "Kyo Gooch" at email@example.com or calling her at 1-800-338-4962 ext. 7038. Otherwise your credit card on file will be charged for the balance of the fare. THERE WILL BE NO DEPOSIT REFUNDS AFTER AUGUST 1.
For anyone who would still like to take advantage of the discounted $85/pp/nt. rate we secured (including all taxes, fees & tips too) you are free to keep your reservation and attend the cruise, perhaps coordinating with others who may also still be interested in going, but it will not be sponsored by the AFHS Class of 1986 and you will be on your own to make travel arrangements to and from Long Beach, as well as any hotel accommodations necessary.
We sincerely apologize for those of you who were looking forward to the excursion. We did all we could to make it happen in order to have a reunion event above and beyond the norm, but we must honor the majority consensus.
*NOTE: Revised reunion event details & advanced discounted ticket purchasing information will be posted in August 2016.
Poll Results: How much would you be willing to spend for a 4-night all-inclusive cruise?
We are looking into a group cruise out of L.A. the second half of October (the time that was most popular in our previous poll). If you want to make this happen, please be realistic and generous enough as to how much you are willing to spend. Be assured that we will be booking the lowest rate possible so VOTING A LOWER DOLLAR AMOUNT WILL NOT LOWER TICKET PRICES ANY FURTHER. In fact, IT MAY PREVENT US FROM HAVING THE CRUISE AT ALL. Results will be posted once we have 50 votes or more. Click the button below to vote now. You may only vote once so vote carefully.
*For those unable to make a cruise we will still be having a one-night evening event in the Phoenix area. Your vote here will not have any effect on that.
Poll Results: When this year should the event be held?
The first order of business is a poll to decide when the event(s) shall be held. We are tentatively looking at two back-to-back events to accommodate as many of your schedules and budgets as possible: a one night outdoor soirée at a resort hotel followed by a multi-day "escape". You will have the choice of attending either or both at different package prices, so keep in mind when you will be most free with days off available. Click the button below to vote now. You may select multiple options but may only vote once, so make your choice carefully. Stay tuned for the results and further info!
Your Official Profile THEN Photo: Submissions will only be accepted and posted if you are sending a yearbook photo from your senior year of high school (or the latest high school yearbook photo of yourself available) and if there is currently no THEN photo appearing on your profile, or if the one you are submitting is a later yearbook photo than the one that currently appears. All THEN photos will appear in grayscale on your profile.
Your Official Profile NOW Photo: Submissions must be that of a color photograph of yourself from the past three years and not obscured by sunglasses, hats, shade, poor lighting, etc. Photos must also be of a high enough resolution and/or close up enough for it to be cropped and zoomed as necessary. You may submit a NOW photo once per year if you wish to change or update it.
Here's To A Remarkable 20 Year Reunion!
I just have to say thank you so much for making our reunion weekend a huge success. We worked so hard and anticipated a great time, but often times great expectations fall short. I am so pleased to say that all the time, effort and money was well worth it and in my opinion nothing could have been better. The feeling I had is still with me personally and that kind of warmth and comfort is invaluable. I feel that this whole experience was one of the most rewarding emotional investments I have made as well as one of the best weekends I have had in a while -- I didn't want it to end!
And it really doesn't have to. Those who aren't local can still keep in touch here and we would also love to hear from those who were unable to attend. There is never a fee or any commercial advertising or business interest to use any part of this site. It is for us only, and anyone can contribute and let us know what is going on in their life by updating their profile, "now" photo, posting new photo links and keeping the message board active. It is great to see so many with links to their personal and business websites too. In addition, feel free to send someone your wishes when you see an upcoming birthday or a prayer that someone wants to share. My goal is to preserve this feeling which I have (along with many others I have heard from) and keep the sentiment alive on this site.
Again, many thanks and I promise to do my best to keep this site an inviting place for all of us. You are welcome to post upcoming planned events or smaller, unofficial get-togethers in any city in the message boards, so we don't have to wait for a big 10-year celebration or to purchase tickets when we want to catch up in person. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions, concerns or submissions regarding this site at any time. On behalf of myself and the reunion committee, we wish you many more memorable moments with your current families, friends & loved ones in the years ahead. Just remember that you also have a family waiting right here whenever you feel the need to reconnect or share, or maybe just escape the daily grind and step back in time to keep a part of your youth alive with those who lived it with you. In an age of uncertainty, it is a bond we share that will never go away, no matter where our lives lead us.
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