MAHS Central Florida's Grand Gala - July 13-15, 2012 (Photos coming soon)  
 

Posted July 23, 2012

 

 

It was a night to reminisce and exhale. An aura of celebration pervaded the room filled with classmates, friends and families. We hosted a vast spectrum of graduating years.

They came from all around the world, from as far as Saudi Arabia and Calgary, Canada to rekindle friendships, introduce families and party until the wee hours of the morning. Mt. Alvernia alumnae, three hundred and sixty two converged on the Hilton, Altamonte Springs, recently, at the invitation of the Mt. Alvernia High Central Florida International Alumnae Association, for the Reunion weekend.

The festivities began on Friday, July 13, with a family fun night. Graduates, friends and their families enjoyed a night of fun, competitions, entertainment and performances as well as a complimentary taste of warm finger licking appetizers. Generational boundaries broke down as mothers, grandmothers and grandchildren mingled.

It was the Saturday night, however, that brought out the crowds. There were no empty seats at the gala dinner/dance as alumnae and their partners, dressed to the nines, took part in the silent auction, elegant dining and late night dancing. Among the highlights of the night were greetings from past principal Franciscan Sister Angella Harris. The reunion was attended by former teachers such as Ms. Heron, Ms Beckford , Mrs. Isaacs, Ms. Hall, Mr. Hennessey, Mr. Tyler, Ms Young, Ms. McNeish, Mrs. Fornaris and, Ms. Hew whose legacies span many generations of students.

A video greeting from beloved principal Mother Joan Clare stole the night. Many could be seen wiping tears from their eyes as they watched the video tribute of a nun, whom many present, knew as their principal and who was scheduled to have been there in person. In her address, she apologized profusely for the last minute change to her plans and noted many times how important the past students were to her. In her own words Mt. Alvernia students were all "A-One." Current principal Mrs. Grace Cherian followed by reading Mother Joan Clare's emailed speech in which she encouraged everyone to live meaningful and productive lives.

Jamaican Brunch 2012The weekend ended on a high note with a Sunday morning brunch, Jamaican-style. Every delicacy, from ackee and saltfish to mackerel rundown was on the menu to the delight of the attendees, many of whom have been deprived of such tasty treats for years.

Overall, the event was a tremendous success. MAHSCFL President Dawn Chin-Jones thanked the many sponsors and in particular Sunset Resorts, Caribbean Airlines, FDR Resorts and Hershey Resorts in Pennsylvania who provided special prizes. "The scholarship, education and building fund are well on their way," she said, "and Sister Angella's computer lab is looking more like a reality every day." Next year they plan to up the ante with a reunion cruise which they advertised extensively throughout the reunion weekend.

Also read:

The Jamaica Gleaner's Article >
Mother Joan Clare
Chin Loy's Speech >

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Thank You G.E.M.S Audio Visual for supporting another successful event. Awesome work Ray Seales!!!

GEMS Audio Visual

 


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