Check out our Reunion Logo created by Classmate Doris Dionne Wilson.
Check out our Reunion Logo created by Classmate Doris Dionne Wilson.

45th Class Reunion
May 20-22, 2022

Head to the LHS Class of 77 Facebook Page for the most up-to-date news and happenings on our 45th Class Reunion.

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LHS Class of 77

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Click on the individual TABS (located to the left) as highlighted in blue within the copy to access additional details. 
 

Event Details as of November
 

RECONNECT, MEET, & GREET
Friday, May 20 - 7-11 PM
Magnolia Building

 

This will be a fun opportunity to reconnect and catch up with everyone you possibly haven’t seen in a while. There will be a lot of “Oh my God, it’s SO good to see you,” “I 'm so happy you came,” and “Wait...do you remember me?” being uttered throughout the night. This casual meet and greet will pay homage to all our class athletes and how sports bring people together.

A highlight of the evening will be a Raffle to raise money to help us fund our class scholarship (refer to the "Our Scholarship" tab for details). If you can make a donation to this effort, please refer to the
DONATIONS Tab to the left.

Everyone is requested to wear their favorite team shirts to this event, be it LHS, NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, your grandkids' Little League, or whatever. Dawn Rarick Anspaugh has been hard at work on some fun décor to get us all into the mood. We ask that please join in the spirit of the event and wear sports-themed attire. 

This event is headed up by Mary E. Richard.

This is a private event open only to members of the LHS Class of '77 and invited guests with tickets. 

 

The Magnolia Building is located at:
702 E. Orange Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801


 

DONUTS, BAGELS, & CHAT
Saturday, May 21  - Starts @ 9 AM
Park Location TBD/Weather Permitting


This is a FREE EVENT and is open to ALL LHS alumni, family, and friends. We will supply donuts and bagels until the supply runs out. You are requested to supply your own beverage - coffee, tea, mimosas, or whatever you fancy. You are also encouraged to bring along your own lawn chairs and blankets.

We ask that you please wear orange and black to this event to help us distinguish you from the general public. 

This event is open to all LHS alumni, family and friends.


 

MAIN EVENT & PHOENIX CONCERT
Saturday, May 21  - 7-11 PM
Lake Mirror Center

This will be the largest event of our reunion and we are once again blessed to have our Class Band PHOENIX taking the stage to share amazing music from our LHS Days and beyond. Of course, there will be loads of dancing and reconnecting taking place throughout this event as well.

A special Silent Auction will take place on this night to help us raise funds for our class scholarship (refer to
OUR SCHOLARSHIP Tab to the left for details on this   Leadership Scholarship).  If you can make a donation to help this effort, please refer to the DONATIONS Tab to the left.

A table decorating competition will also be a highlight of Saturday night and is open to any single classmate, group of friends, or club/organization and it’s
FREE TO ENTER. Refer to the TABLE DECORATING Tab to the left for full details and to get in on the fun. There are two categories “LHS Spirit” and “High School Days.” Since we’re having a buffet, you won’t need to provide any plates, cups, or utensils and we’re also providing the base table cloths in your choice of orange, black, or white.  

We will also partake of a scrumptious pasta feast including all your Italian favorites – lasagna, Tetrazzini, roasted vegetables, fresh garlic rolls, and Caesar and Garden salads. If none of these items sounds appealing, you can visit our Attended Pasta Stations to create your own delicious creation and choose from a wide variety of toppings including grilled chicken, meatballs, Italian sausage, fresh veggies and your choice of Marinara, Alfredo, or Pesto Cream sauces. To cap of your meal, we’re also planning a decadent Dessert Bar to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Our resident Bar Keep Scott Schiltz will handle the stocking of our “We’ve Got Spirits” Bar on both Friday and Saturday nights. It will feature flavored waters and tea along with some fun Signature Drinks, beer and a few spirits. We're always open to BYOB to help stock the bar.

The Saturday Night event is headed up by Mary E. Richard.

This private event is open to members of the LHS Class of '77 and invited guests only with tickets.

The Lake Mirror Center is located at:
121 S. Lake Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801


 

BBQ, VEHICLE SHOW,
& BOAT PARADE

Sunday, May 22-  10 AM - 4 PM
Lake Crago Park


We're inviting ALL LHS Alumni, family, and friends to enjoy an afternoon of fun at one of Lakeland’s newest parks located on beautiful Lake Crago. We'll serve yummy BBQ (menu to come) inside one of their classrooms and hang out under the pavilion, amphitheater, and dockside. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, and yard games to add to the fun. Don't forget your sunscreen too.

If you own a classic car, motorcycle, or truck, we want you to display it in our Motoring Down Memory Lane Show. This show is sponsored by
Family Insurance Centers who will provide goodie bags for all participants. For further details on how to enter your vehicle, refer to the VEHICLES & BOATS Tab to the left.

Don’t own your cool vehicle anymore? No worries, we invite everyone to bring along photos to share and reminisce with others. Please be sure to make a copy as we don’t want to be responsible if it goes missing. We’ll have a display board on site to post your pics.

Thanks to Beth Rewis and Nancy Pridemore (Class of ’75 and sister of our late classmate Timmy Pridemore) for heading up our Motoring Down Memory Lane Show.

You are also encouraged to bring your boat and participate in our Boat Parade. Deck it out in orange and black decor and launch it on Lake Crago for all to enjoy. If you’re planning to bring along a boat, refer to the
VEHICLES & BOATS Tab for more details.

Shawn Eady Wilson is heading up our Boat Parade. If you'd like to participate, give her a call at 863-559-6839.


Because this is a public park, we are asking that you wear your Reunion T-shirt or orange and black to this event to help us distinguish you from the general public.

Lake Crago Park is located at:
525 Lake Crago Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33805

The Sunday Event is headed up by Amy Yarborough Whitham and Shawn Eady Wilson.

This event is open to ALL LHS Alumni, family, and friends with tickets. 

 

Phoenix Will Rise Once Again!

We are beyond blessed to have Phoenix, our phenomenal class band, agree to perform at yet another reunion. Classmates Tony McMahon, Tayloe Harding, Tim Colton, Dean Erskine, and (fingers-crossed) James Aparo will once again share their talents at our Saturday Night event.

Phoenix is always a highlight of our reunions and we are pleased to report this one will not be an exception. 

Check out the
PHOENIX Tab for more details on our class band.
 

Table Decorating Competition

A table decorating competition - open to everyone - will take place during the LHS Class of '77's 45th Class Reunion.

You can showcase your creativity and style in this competition by producing an original table presentation (think centerpiece et al) for our Saturday night event at the Lake Mirror Center on May 21, 2022.


You are NOT required to bring or supply plates, glasses, or utensils as we have a catered buffet planned for Saturday night. Also, we will supply the base tablecloth in your color choice of orange, black, or white.

Your participation will greatly help our Reunion Committee as we will not have to worry about decorating all the tables. So it's a Win-Win for all and a great way for you to have fun and contribute to our reunion. Competitors will get admittance two hours prior to the event.

Anyone in Our Class Can Compete!
The competition is open to any single classmate or group of any size that would like to participate and it is free to enter. We will have a total of ~ 20 tables available for decorating. If you're a talented and crafty individual, show us what you've got. If you had a special group of friends @ LHS, then gather them to get in on the fun. If you participated in an activity/group/club/sport during high school and want to gather together for this competition, that will work as well. 

Two Categories - Dreadnaught Spirit and LHS Days
We will have two categories for this competition. The first will be the Dreadnaught Spirit category. The overall theme of your table decorations should be reflective of the spirit and symbols of LHS. Think along the lines of orange and black, Dreadnaughts, "L," "LHS," etc.

The second category is LHS Days. The theme of your table should be something you participated in, where you hung out, or even an activity you did in high school. It could also be reflective of your group/activity/club/sport from high school. It can be anything from glamorous to funny; however, it must contain some element of orange and black. Literally the field is wide open with this category as to how to decorate your table and you are only limited by your imagination and our rules. 

For more details and a list of the rules as well as to reserve your table(s), click on the
TABLE DECORATING Tab to the left. 
 

Reunion Tickets
 

Tickets for the LHS Class of ’77 Reunion will go on sale in at the beginning of 2022 once details are finalized. Purchasing information will be posted at that time under the BUY TICKETS HERE Tab to the left.

Those purchasing tickets for the complete reunion package, will receive a free t-shirt!


 

Book Your Hotel Room in ADVANCE
 

If you’re coming from out of town, we currently have secured blocks of hotels rooms at reduced rates for historic The Terrace Hotel and the brand new SpringHill Suites. Both are within a short distance of our reunion events for Friday and Saturday. Check out the HOTEL INFO Tab for more details and the links you must use to receive the reduced rates. 

IF you are currently unsure if you'll be able to attend, my advice is to snag a hotel room with your credit card NOW. If you find, sadly, that you will be unable to get off of work or some other lame excuse arises, you can cancel by the provided cancellations dates with no penalty (or find another classmate to take on the reservation). That way you are guaranteeing you will have a hotel room for the reunion and won't face the risk of the hotels selling out for our dates.
 
Currently, we have planned night events for both Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, 2022 along with a Saturday morning breakfast and a BBQ, Motoring Down Memory Lane Vehicle Show, and Boat Parade on Sunday, May 22, 2022. Our committee is still hard at work finalizing all the plans for this three-day event and will post updated details along with the ticket offerings in the coming months.
 
We hope you’re excited about our upcoming reunion and that you’ll reach out to classmates that may not be on Facebook to encourage them to attend as well.
 
Thanks to Keith Hicks for heading up our hotel blocks.

 

Can’t Afford a Hotel or Want Different Accommodations?

With the Coroavirus Pandemic, many classmates have been hit hard or lost their businesses and jobs altogether. In efforts to help, we have classmates that have generously offered to provide rooms in their homes for those in need.

Another option is to rent an Airbnb and we have a classmate that has one available during those dates. Refer to the Facebook page for those details or get in touch with Mary E. Richard @ 321-277-3657.

 

Become a
Reunion Sponsor!

Donations help us plan bigger, better, splashier, more amazing reunion events without worrying that we will go broke or have to outright pay for necessary items. We rely on donations to help with our upfront expenses such as deposits on venues, caterers, bar, mailings, entertainment, and the like.

If we receive generous amounts of sponsorship monies, it will help to keep the overall cost to attend as low as possible and therefore allows allowing more classmates join in the fun. It could also provide assistance to classmates that may be unable to afford tickets. Therefore, we are serious when we state that no amount is too small and there's no amount that is too large!

Thanks to John Morgan, the King of Raising Funds, who is once again heading up our Sponsorships.


We are looking for new and previous Sponsors to assist in our efforts to help fund Reunion Expenses. No amount is too small and we also accept In-Kind Donations as well.
 

Get in touch with John if you’d like to help us out! He’s on Facebook as John R. Morgan and his cell is 404-664-6457.


We Accept Both Checks and Credit Cards

If you'd like to make a monetary donation and become a Class Sponsor, click on the DONATIONS Tab to the left where you can donate via credit card.


To donate via check, make it payable to “Class of 77 Reunion” and mail it to:

Mike Carter, CPA
P.O. Box 580
Live Oak, FL 32064


Donations in Kind

If, instead of donating money, you’d like to make a donation of goods and services themselves that can be used during or for our reunion, raffle or auction, we’d happily accept them as well.

Silent Auction & Raffle Donations

We typically hold a Silent Auction in conjunction with our reunion to raise funds for the Class of ’77 Leadership Scholarship. This year, we’re expanding and also holding a special raffle on Friday night.

Thanks to Nancy Calabro Stone and Debbi Kippenberger Carter for coordinating our Raffle and Silent Auction.

 

To make an In-Kind donation or contribute to our Silent Auction or Raffle, contact:
Nancy Calabro Stone
863-640-0511

Debbi Kippenberger Carter
863-797-5881


All donations are gratefully appreciated!