The Reunion Planning Team conducted a survey from Jan 31 to Feb 7 in order to get a feel for what the turnout might be and what kind of things people were interested in. About 230 ’68 grads were invited via email (~140 verified emails and ~90 emails in unsure status). Responses were received from 95 classmates. Of those who indicated they were likely to come, that tallied 134 attendees, including partners and spouses. Given that not everyone responded to the survey, and that we missed emails for about 170 classmates, it seems likely that 200-250 might attend the milestone 50th Reunion.
For a reminder of the survey questions, click here.
Most important were what kind of activities, food, drink that people wanted, shown in the summary chart below. For food and drink there was a clear choice of hors d’ouevres + no-host bar for Sat evening. Not only is it the highest “Much enjoy” (60) it is by far the lowest negative (only 8 responded “Not very much” or “Not at all”). However, there were also enough people who would like a dinner, so the hors d’ouevres should be pretty good or maybe we have a “no host” food truck if possible. People are split on music, so having an area where music could be played with dancing, too, away from a main area might be good, so those in the main area can continue conversing as our hearing isn’t as good as it used to be.
The afternoon event had more negatives (41 or 43%) than the evening alternatives. Expect a proportionally lighter turnout.
There were a few who indicated in side emails that a Friday evening at a local bar, say O’Connors might be fun, but maybe we could do that in “flash mob” fashion as to not affect the cost. Steve Arel, O’Connors owner and Class of ’67, might be OK with that. Those were folks who might be able to come on Friday, but they have a Sat conflict.