Reunion brings in $5,128 for scholarship fund
MILANO—Trav is Yoakum opened the 2012 Exes Reunion by welcoming everyone and encouraging participation in the auctions on Saturday at the Milano Civic Center. He informed the group of the number and titles of scholarships given in May and the Mini Scholarships given this fall. He also acknowledged those that worked on behind the scene duties to make the reunion a success. Calvin Springer led the prayer before the meal.
We are very glad that the 110 exes, teachers and friends could find us this year at the Civic Center. Many had not read the f lier closely and went to the school. They were then directed to the alternate site. Next year we hope to be back in the school cafetorium.
DONATIONS— We want to give special thanks to all the donations that were made to the silent and live auctions. The live auction brought in $879 and the silent auction made $378. The handmade items were great. We hope to see more homemade items next year.
For some reason the guys like guns and knives and the pellet gun that Bobby O’Neal brought was a nice surprise and had lots of bids. The handmade antler file blade knife made by Larry Rose of Gause brought $200. Thank you Wilson Kyle. You can skin your next hog with that.
Homemade from scratch cakes made by Leona Taylor (Red Velvet Cake) and Carolyn Baker (Italian Cream) and a Chocolate pie from Melba Woolverton Ripple were a hit. I lost count of the number of items that were brought by Bobby O’Neal but I know he enjoys donating things because he focuses on making money for scholarships not only for Milano students but for the graduates of Mason where he lives.
There were many other items donated and you can see from the money collected that they brought in a lot of cash. It takes time and ef fort to get these things together and then get them to the reunion.
ENTERTAINMENT—The live auction is our best entertainment. Ray Cass knows how to not only conduct an auction but make it a lot of fun. We thank Ray very much for contributing his time and talent to help us raise the money that benefits our kids in many ways.
Thanks again to caterers Steve and Rebecca Telg and Jennifer and Richard Mueck for another great meal and excellent service. Rebecca and Jennifer are both MHS alumni. Their donation of the peach cobbler brought a nice sum at the live auction. They always go above and beyond and it is greatly appreciated.
It was great to see former teacher and coach Frank Tyson, also principal and coach Ed Swenson. They visited with many students, basketball players and football players from the 50’s and 60’s.
In addition to the auctions, the lunch and memorial donations brought in a total of $5,128. Many memorial donations were made for some of the recent deaths of MHS former students. Donations can be made at any time in memory of Milano students, family or friends. An acknowledgment is sent to families and the donors.
50TH YEAR—The Class of ’62 had nine members attend our 50th anniversary celebration. Thanks Elaine and David Gill for being hosts to a great meal and a good relaxing visit.
We appreciate all who attended this year and we hope to see everyone again next year. We hope all classes can make plans to get together and renew friendships. Reunions are fun and rewarding and can be held anytime.