Inaugural Reunion Dinner & Dance - July 30, 2011  
 

Posted August 14, 2011
Photos courtesy of Brenton Wan

 

The Mt. Alvernia Central Florida Chapter hosted its Inaugural Reunion Dinner and Dance at the Hilton Hotel Altamonte Springs in Orlando, Florida, on July 30, 2011.  The celebration started with a hospitality reception on Friday evening, allowing all who attended an opportunity to get reacquainted with former friends, teachers and classmates.

A night one will never forget, “a display of elegance, ambiance, and flair.”  An event attended by 365 guests.  Past graduates from 1959 to the 1990's and the teachers were well represented.  Our guests traveled from Ethiopia, Canada, Europe, Jamaica, Bahamas, Venezuela, Barbados, and various states in the US.  Festivities began with hors d'oeuvres and a picturesque slide show projected on two 10 ft screens--"A Reflection of our Alma Mater."

President Dawn Chin Jones graciously welcomed everyone as Madam of Ceremony, Mrs. Jackie Jarrett Nicholson, with her sharp wit would not be outdone as she rendered many of our school house songs and the unforgettable: “Cordette is coming…see how they're running..." then quipped "but dem always come las!”
  
The night was glittered with speeches from two outstanding alumnae: Mrs. Lorna Cunningham Davidson - an Editor, Communication Specialist and Translator for the United Nations in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Africa, and Dr. Evelyn O' Callaghan, first female Rhodes Scholar in Jamaica and current Professor at University of West Indies, Cave Hill campus in Barbados. Both shared their experiences and agreed that Mt. Alvernia played a significant role in shaping their destiny.

Throughout the night, guests were invited to a silent auction showcasing many of our alumnae's pieces of art, photography, jewelry, published books and many other donated items. A raffle for an iPad and Kindle, with many other giveaways, added to the excitement for the night. To top it off, courtesy of Sandals Resorts, we proudly presented a gate prize winner, Grace Findlay Campbell with a weekend for two at any Sandals Property.

Like an explosion, A.J. Brown and Tamara Hartley Brown opened the night's dancing as they serenaded the crowd with their fantastic performances. The ballroom, all white and blue decor, rocked with non-stop dancing until 2a.m. on Sunday morning.  As one Cornwallian, Mr. Jeff McLeod said: "The smiles and the vibes that were engendered amongst the MAHS grads, and those who gathered in support, were special to see.”  I hope when the dust settles, this event will go down in the annals of the MAHS Central Florida Alumnae Chapter as a watershed when the spirit of giving back was rekindled.

The event bodes well for the future.  I hope it will galvanize the spirit of giving…all for the benefit of MAHS.  Let us be ever mindful that our efforts will help shape the future of the school.  By giving to promote MAHS, we will touch many lives and make the future brighter for current students as well as those who will attend in the future.

Angela Fung Seales delivered the vote of thanks. A committee to be recognized: Angela Fung Seales, Dawn Dewar, June Burke Flowers, Debbie Lyn Alringer, Michelle Wyman, Karen Chin Chang, Karen Glen Flash, Gillian Wright Barrett, Joy McDonald Francis, Lisa Chin See Chin, Sheronne Walker Burke, Denise McFarlane Zollicoffer, Heather Isaacs and Sr. Odette Haddad. 

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Article in The Gleaner: "Mount Alvernia alums' night of elegance"
(by Janet Silvera, published August 12, 2011)

"Labelled a night of elegance and flair, past students of Mount Alvernia High School, rocked Central Florida two weekends ago at the inaugural reunion dinner and dance. On Sunday morning, July 31 when central Florida chapter alumni president Dawn Chin-Jones did final count, some 365 guests, from as far as Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Venezuela, Barbados and various states in the United States had turned out for the weekend, aimed at rekindling the spirit of giving back to their alma mater."

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