Village of Sussex - Hamilton High School graduates of the 1960s and 1970s are invited to the third annual Hamilton High School reunion picnic from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Sussex Village Park. All proceeds from the event will go to the Hamilton Education Foundation.
Event founder and 1973 graduate Mike Paradies said one of the main goals of the event is to get as many people together as possible. He said one of the issues with other school reunions is that they only gather people of the same graduating class.
“We’re trying to get people reacquainted with friends they haven’t seen in a long time,” Paradies said. “One hundred percent of the money raised goes to benefiting the students in the school system right now.”
More than 375 people attended the event the last two years, and Paradies is expecting 400-450 attendees this year. Although the event is geared toward the 1960s and 1970s graduating classes, Paradies said the event is open to the entire community.
Hamilton High School will also host an open house for alums from 10 a.m. to noon. National Honor Society students will give guided tours of the facility.
Registration at the door will be $25 per person. Tickets include lunch and two drink tickets.
“Any extra money we make is donated to the high school, and we made donations last year to the Hamilton Education Foundation as well as the student council,” Paradies said. “We will once again make donations to HEF. We donated $3,000 to the high school last year.”
The Mark of Excellence in Catering will provide a catered picnic lunch.
A photo booth will be on site for attendees to use.
Class photos will be taken throughout the afternoon.
A car show will be held, and anyone that has a special car is welcome to join the show. Participants must register in advance.
Music will be played from 1 to 3 p.m., and the band Room to Move will perform from 3 to 7 p.m.
A 50/50 raffle will be held throughout the day.