SPRINGVILLE — This summer, Springville-Griffith Institute alumni will have a chance to reconnect with former classmates, at the first all-years class reunion, to be held on July 19 from 5 – 10 p.m. at Springville Volunteer Fireman’s Park. The event is open to anyone older than 21, including non-graduates.
Modeled after the East Aurora all-class reunion, which has been an institution in that town for years, organizer Ashley Kehr said the goal is to give alumni a chance to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.
The Kiwanis Club of Springville will provide food, and a beer truck and wine will also be available. A sound system will be set up, for background music or impromptu musical acts, although Kehr said the committee wanted to provide a social, rather than entertainment-based, atmosphere.
“We want people to be able to talk and hang out,” she said. “Not have to stand and listen to music.”
In order to help former classmates find each other, a board will be set up for each class, with spaces in which members can write their names and phone numbers.
“That way, someone can write their name down and, if they’re looking for someone, they can find their name on the board, call them and say ‘meet me by the beer tent,’” Kehr said. “It’s easier than wandering around, looking for friends.”
Kehr said that the committee hopes for 500 attendees and that the first 500 to buy tickets will receive a free mug with “All-year reunion” written on it.
The committee, made up of six members from various graduation years, has been taking its cues from the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce, which has held its annual Oktoberfest at that location, in the past.
“They’ve been a great help,” Kehr said. “Since they’ve done [events at that park] before, they’ve really been great about helping us work out the details.”
The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Emerling Ford, Emerling Chrysler and the Boys & Girls Club of Springville. Proceeds of a split club raffle will go to the Kiwanis and Boys & Girls clubs.
Security will be arranged by Bruce Moritz and parking attendants will make sure attendees have somewhere to put their cars. Kehr said the committee is still looking for volunteers to fill one-hour shifts, serving beer, selling split club tickets, taking event tickets, setting up and cleaning up, after the event.
“We’re really shooting for anyone, in the class of 2009 and up, to come,” Kehr said. “It’s a good way to reconnect, for any age.”
The next day, a golf outing to Concord Crest Golf Course in East Concord will tee off, at 2 p.m. There are 70 spots available for the 18-hole, four-person scramble, which includes a cart and lunch. Part of that entry fee will also benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Springville.
Tickets for the reunion can be purchased from Kiwanis club members and at Julie’s Pizzeria, the Boys & Girls Club and Emerling Ford.
People who are interested in volunteering can email Kehr at email@example.com.
Golfers who want to purchase tickets for the golf outing may email Eric Lawton at firstname.lastname@example.org.