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Celebrate being a Hamburg High School graduate

HAMBURG — An open gathering of the Hamburg High graduates will be held on Aug. 9 and 10.

The Hamburg High School Alumni Foundation is organizing a Hamburg Reunion Weekend. Graduates, including those as recent as members of last year’s class, to those in the class of 1980, may attend and celebrate alumni pride.

The Eden School District recently held an alumni weekend and Hamburg High School staff members and alumni decided to follow suit. The event is spearheaded by chairman Check Kluckhohn and Co-Chairman Joe Gunning and supported by nine others on the planning team.

“It’s something we talked about for a while,” Gunning said. The idea had been discussed for the previous couple years and, in several months, came to full fruition.

The event will take place on Friday, Aug. 9 from 7 – 11 p.m. in the municipal parking area behind John & Mary’s and across from the Hamburg Palace Theatre.

A main tent will serve beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. Local business may get involved and participate, in this event. Food vendors will serve food, during the reunion. There may also be music performances.

According to Gunning, the biggest obstacle coordinators faced was trying to contact each graduating class. He encouraged anyone currently in charge of Hamburg High School class reunions to contact the foundation, either online through its website or via Facebook.

“We hope to build a contact list to make future reunion weekend events to run smoother and include more alumni,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll learn a lot after the first year.”

Proceeds will benefit Hamburg High School. The Bash and Cash event, held Mar. 2 at J.P. Fitzgerald’s, helped upgrade the school’s sign to LED.

Bulldog merchandise will be available for sale, during the reunion.

According to event organizers, these reunion events are catching on in popularity, because they allow graduates of different classes to mingle. According to Gunning, The purpose is to celebrate together as an entire school. “It’s one night where everyone can enjoy themselves,” Gunning said.

For more information, call 648-7766.

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