Classes connected, fireworks flickered and bluegrass blended into the background as Reunion Weekend made its spectacular return to campus for the first time since 2019.
Alumni from class years ending in 2 and 7 rang in significant milestone reunions all the way up to their 70th, which members of the Class of 1952 heartily celebrated. A couple of classes that had milestone reunions postponed were also present to join the festivities, such as the members of the Classes of 1970 and 1971, who returned for their 50th Reunion celebrations.
As hundreds of alums and their families gathered in Hudson to stroll down the memory lane that is Brick Row, it was clear to all in attendance that the friendships formed at WRA are lifelong relationships.
The weekend was full of celebration and meaning from start to finish, beginning with the 18th Annual Alumni Association Scholarship Golf Classic in memory of Charlie Hammel '65. A founding member of the event, Hammel passed away in June 2019, and this year's Scholarship Golf Classic had extra special meaning as it was held in his honor. Nearly 100 golfers, many of whom were Reserve alumni members, participated in the fundraising event at the Country Club of Hudson.
In addition to Board of Trustee meetings and a variety of social events, Friday also included a Bluegrass on the Green reception to welcome Reunion Weekend attendees of all ages. The Mr. Haney Stringband dazzled the crowd as a barbecue-style dinner was served, and the weather could not have been more perfect.
On Saturday, the morning began with numerous activities taking place across campus, including the Annual Señor Fun Run & Memorial 5k and a yoga "Wellness Wake-up" led by Director of Annual Giving Programs Andrea Brechtelsbauer.
A memorial service was held in the Chapel to honor Gavin Domm and Gian Scalzi, two dearly departed members of the Class of 1987. Although there wasn't a dry eye in the room, many humorous and touching stories were shared that made the event feel like a true celebration of Domm and Scalzi's lives.
Head of School, Suzanne Walker Buck, delivered the State of the School at the WRA Today Chapel Program and guests were informed of important alumni initiatives such as the induction of an Alumni War Memorial, the Class of 1971 Frederick Douglass Initiative and the Class of 1987 Fund for Wellness and Belonging. At the conclusion of the program, alumni gathered around the flagpole to sing a round of "Old Reserve" then bagpipers led the group to the Celebrate Reserve Family Picnic.
Guests were treated to music by The Rubber City Retreads during lunch then lawn activities, and alumni soccer and lacrosse games filled the afternoon leading up to the Reunion Gala, the main event of the night. The Classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 celebrated their 50th Reunions at Pierce House, the Classes of 1952, 1957 and 1962 dined in the Wilson Hall Reading Room while all other classes enjoyed dinner under Ellsworth lawn's main tent.
Guests danced to the amazing music of The Bottom Line band, engaged in laughter-filled conversation and marveled at a tremendous display of fireworks that created the perfect atmosphere for a spirit-filled evening between family and friends.
Special thanks to the Advancement Office and Director of Alumni Relations & Special Events Abbey Swegan Baker '94 for putting together an incredible weekend!