Monday, March 16, 2009

Birthday Celebration guest list

Guessing who's coming to dinner at the Wooden Nickel in Monroeville on June 6 to celebrate the collective 60th birthday of the Gateway Class of 1967?

Or who expects to attend the June 5 get-together at D'Imperios?

Or the June 6 golf outing?

Or June 6 Breakfast Club?

If we all work together on this, we could have a better idea of who will, might or definitely won't attend our birthday bash.

Simply click the word "comments" at the end of this blog item and tell us what you can. Or click "comments" to find out what other Gators are saying about it.

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Thanks, Gators. I can't wait to see you in June!


Alana Baranick said...

I'll start off the comments.

Alana Miltak Baranick will be at all functions except the golf outing.

Gwen Chambers Brathwaite is taking vacation time from her job at Bloomingdale's to attend the Saturday dinner. I'm not sure about the rest of the weekend.

The-Gator-formerly-known-as-Melvin-Oliver, now known as Abdullah Rahim Mohammad, told me he's excited about attending the party.

I know of other classmates, who use the Internet more than Gwen or Abdullah, who told me they expect to be there, but I'll give them some time to comment on their own.

Alana Baranick said...

Ellen Lewis, the keeper of the reservations, shared the names of the "first responders" to the birthday RSVPs.

Those already making reservations for the Saturday dinner include:

1. Tim Billings, coming from South Amboy, N.J. Tim has missed only one big reunion and the 2008 Winter Blast. He's already celebrated his 60th birthday - maybe even his 61st! But he'll be there.

2. Judy(Gibson)Brumfield will travel 900 miles from Gainesville, Fla., to party with us.

3. Ron Hagen is also coming from Florida - Sarasota, which is more than 1,000 miles from Monroeville.

4. Mike Cima, who I believe lives in Turtle Creek, won't have as far to go.

5. Bonnie(Gardner)Hillier: Same goes for Bonnie, a resident of North Irwin.

6. Kathy(Gossar)McCormick lives nearly 600 miles away in Dunstable, Mass.

7. Dot (Borst) Miller will make the 200-mile-plus trip across the state from Glen Rock in the East.

8. Linda Shoop: 150 miles from Edinboro in the North.

9. Janet(Bova)Sieracki: an hour's drive across Allegheny County from Coraopolis in the West.

10. Cheryl(Lang)Powell: 400 miles, Kernersville, N.C.

11. Becky(Perich)Zahn will travel 2,100 miles from Tucson, Ariz.

Friday night's informal gathering:

Tim, Judy, Ron, Mike, Bonnie, Kathy, Dot, Cheryl and Becky told Ellen they'll attend the Friday night get-together.

So has Linda (Chatkin)Chizmar. I think she lives in Glenshaw, which is a northern suburb of Pittsburgh.

Anyone else?

Sam V said...

I plan to be at all the events.

So far the golf response has been Rick Johnson, Tom O'Brien, Bob Conley and Jay Lehman. I hope to be able to offer some choices as to where we might play and what it might cost.

Alana Baranick said...

Ellen Lewis reports that the following classmates have made their reservations for Friday and Saturday:

Howard Arbster
Rick Boggess
Larry Gisi
John Safran
Mark Waibel

What are your plans?

Alana Baranick said...

Ellen Lewis sent these additional confirmed reservations today.

Mary Guzzo Myers plans to be at the Friday night gathering.

All the others listed here will be in attendance Friday and Saturday:

Jack Williams
Shirley Veazey Zito
Eileen Ruffner Baca
Denise Thompson Matthews
Ellen Lewis
Jay Lehman
Dianne Ilgenfritz Brudney
Peggy Loughner Fisher
Alana Miltak Baranick

Reminder: Get your reservations to Ellen by April 1.

Alana Baranick said...

The following are newly confirmed for the Friday and Saturday evening events:
Judy McCluskey Crookston
Linda Pitlock and Tom O'Brien

Alana Baranick said...

Peggy says to add Jack Cowell to the Friday and Saturday events.

Alana Baranick said...

Here are some more classmates who've made reservations for our birthday weekend:

Saturday night only:
Ellie Claitman O'Day
Dana Comito Narey

Friday and Saturday:
Kathie Mason Bolton
Jack Cowell
Artie Trunzo
Paula Nuchols Carrera
Marti Wilkinson
Becky Richard-Maley