Milano Exes annual reunion raises $2,000 for scholarship fund
MILANO—Eighty-nine former students, family members and friends gathered Saturday for the annual Milano Exes’ Reunion. Although the attendance was down from last year, the generosity was still there as the eight-item live auction conducted by Ray Cass brought $347 and a silent auction raised $437.
Thanks to all the people who contributed the items that were sold. The Alumni Association gives $1000 scholarships in May to graduating seniors and, when funds are available, mini-scholarships during the school year. This fall, $200 checks were given to 15 students in college and/or trade schools.
Arnold Kornegay will again offer a scholarship for a graduating senior next May, in memory of his daughter Deborah Kornegay Lopez.
Ann Hashem Kraft (Class of ‘88) visited with former classmates, autographed and sold books, and made new friends at her book signing/sale held during the reunion. Her book, “The Opera Ghost Lives,” is the first book written by a Milano graduate.
Inez Beavers Galbreath, Class of 1940, represented the oldest class in attendance. Martha Holdiness Newman, Class of ‘41, Loma Kendricks, Class of ‘43, Cricket Drehr Pruett, Class of ‘44, Avis White Locke, Class of ‘45, Arnold Kornegay, Class of ‘46, Nelma Morgan Blake and Leona Rogers Taylor, both from the Class of ‘47, Dalpha Hurt Garrison, Class of ‘49, represented their respective classes.
The Class of ‘59 had the most attendance, with eight members.
The “younger generation” had Rebecca Anthis Telg, Class of ‘91 and Jennifer Mueck and Crystal Vinton Denman, Class of ‘94.
Flyers were distributed with information about the cruise scheduled for Feb. 6-13, 2011. This goes to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Call Cindi Jenkins with Round Rock Travel, at 512-365-8595. The scholarship fund will get $140 for every cabin sold.
Brandon Beathard graduated in July from ITT in Austin and made a contribution to the scholarship fund, saying he wanted to give back whenever he can. He knows how much every little bit helps. His paycheck does not stretch very far but he made sure there would be enough to share.
The Exes also want to thank The Crossing for the meal and donations. Steve and Rebecca Telg and Richard and Jennifer Mueck did an excellent job and were patient waiting on us “old folks” as we conducted our business.
We hope to see more exes next year and we will take donations at any time.