Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2007

LHS alumni reunite during dinner, dance

July 26, 2007

Whether it's been as long as 60 years or as few as two years, Lansing High graduates don't have to completely leave behind the four years they spent making friends and memories in school.

The Lansing High School Alumni Association will stage its annual alumni dinner and dance Saturday, July 28, at the Eagles, 300 S. 20th St., Leavenworth. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with a short meeting and dinner following.

June Foley, president of the alumni association, said the dinner gave graduates the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and a time to celebrate their involvement in the Lansing community.

Graduates as far as California and Florida are expected to attend this year's event, which will include an auction of a print by Michael Young of downtown Lansing. Proceeds from the auction will go toward the association's scholarship foundation that will be given to four 2008 graduates.

Also at this year's dinner, scholarship recipients from the class of 2007 will be recognized. The students who received those scholarships were Elizabeth Cristiano, Emily Kidder, Kara Ritchey and Ryan Willcott.

Foley said the association was proud of its ability to give out scholarships each year. She said it was a great way for the association's members to show their support to Lansing High graduates going on to higher education whether it is college or vocational school.

The tradition of the alumni dinner has been going on for more than 40 years. Loren Russell, association member, said he has records that show the dinner going back to at least 1961.

He said the dinner was a way to promote fun and fellowship among Lansing High graduates. He said he thinks of it as a family reunion where members from the classes as far back as the 1950s can come together and remember the good times they had.

Each year, Russell mails out more than 3,000 letters to inform alumni of the dinner and dance. He said the association has a list of names and addresses but admits it's a challenge to keep it updated over the years.

For those that may not have received a letter but are interested in attending, call Russell at 727-3925.

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