I started writing this, and it was turning into a novel. So, I am going to try and give some bullet points on the background, and then elaborate.
- Graduating class had 400 kids
- 10th reunion (2002) was not well attended and resulted in a huge financial fiasco that I don't really know much about.
- Former Class President created a website for this reunion and fronted what appears to be alot of money in order to avoid the aforementioned fiasco (this is what is really making this story).
- Tickets were discounted if you purchased early (not a huge discount)...but they did a poor job of advertising/contacting people about this event in general (I just found out a few weeks ago).
But wait! After the evening party, there is a planned AFTER party....a cabin in the woods (woo hoo!). Keep the party going by drinking in the woods! (We are going on 40...not 20....I have to laugh that this party is being planned to bring us back to our teen years).
The current price? $180 per ticket for both day and evening events. Kids are "free" for the day event, so you only have to pay for adults. (Someone I know said....wow...that is more than you pay for a wedding!)
I had no interest in going....more the nosy factor that set me searching out this information. For us to go, it would be over $1,000, including travel, food, hotel (we would need 2 rooms, assuming my MIL came North 2 hrs to watch the kids. Staying with her would add 8 hrs total travel between driving up north for the day event, bringing the kids back, driving back to the night event, and then back).
The website stated that they needed 60 "people" to attend in order to break even on the cost. The first time I looked through the site, there were 43 class members going.Through reading more...apparently someone's numbers are off. 60 people would be about 30 couples, and while I am not assuming that everyone would be attending with a spouse/significant other...I am sure there would be alot. Guess not. I think they meant 60 class members.
Updates included information such as "you all said you wanted to do this, so you need to buy your tickets!" Apparently the President is losing money. She seems very upset that she volunteered to fund things, and then people didn't decide to go. Maybe the tickets are enormously overpriced!!!
The next time I looked, there were a few more people going. And a class member generously donated $1,000 to the cause. (While I am glad he has that kind of money to donate....it opened up the next part....) So now the reunion is "saved" and they won't have to cancel.
Then they (I am calling the people who are organizing this "they" assuming it isn't just one poor soul doing all the work) got the bright idea to have people donate money!!! Now there is a PayPal link and entry. Even if you aren't going.....you can still donate to your class!!!
OK, so you want me to pay for your party, your alcohol......even though I am not going? HAHAHA
They should have started this process at least 2 years ago. Had a non-refundable deposit. Actually asked people what they wanted, were willing to pay, etc. Even if they did....I still wouldn't have gone. I keep in touch with 1 high school friend.....don't miss any of the others.
Would you go?