By Steve Svetovich
The Dunmore High School Class of 1976 enjoyed its 40th reunion so much two years ago that the class is planning a 60th birthday celebration this May.
The big event will be held Saturday, May 26, at the Waldorf Tiki Bar from 5 to 9 p.m.
Tickets will be $35 per person and will include food and entertainment. There will be a cash bar.
“Everyone had such a great time at the 40th reunion two years ago,” said class member Ann Lacertoso Berardelli. “So we all said, ‘Why wait?’ That’s how it all started. So we planned a combined 60th birthday party for all the class members.”
Committee members for the “60th birthday bash” include Ann Lacertoso Berardelli, Patty Rafalko Copeland, Roseanne McDonough Fisne, John “Rocco” Mandarano, Paula Kernan Makosky, Bill McAndrew, Sherry Rubino Nicholas, Jamie Decker Sleboda, Diane Genett Olivetti, Mary Ferguson Woelkers, Leo Woelkers, Renee Ragnacci Sheluga, Betty Buck Rozelle, Ann Genett and Patty Manci.
“Most reunions are every five years,” said Berardelli. “We decided why should we wait five more years to get together. So it was very easy to decide on a 60th birthday bash.
“It’s a class where everyone got along so well. And many of us stayed in touch and remained friends throughout the years. We want everyone to come out and enjoy the fun. It’s a fun group.”
Checks should be mailed to: Patty (Rafalko) Copeland, 827 Throop St., Dunmore, PA 18512. Checks should be made payable to: DHS Class of 1976.
Berardelli said the next meeting for the event will be Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in Calabria Pizza, Drinker Street, Dunmore.
“All classmates are welcome,” said Berardelli. “To keep things fun, Bill McAndrew has invited a special guest. It’s a surprise. He is not telling us who it is. We are inviting everyone to come out and join the fun that night. It is not too late to RSVP.”
Beradelli said the Class of 1976 is hoping for a near 100 percent turnout at the “60th birthday bash” celebration.
“Some invitations have been returned to us, so we want to make sure everyone is aware of the event. Information is posted on our class Facebook page, Dunmore High School Class of 1976.”
Berardelli said most of the class members can’t wait for the ” 60th birthday bash” next month. “We can all celebrate our birthdays together.”
In the meantime, Berardelli urged as many class members as possible to attend the April 11 meeting. “Come join us and find out who the special guest is. It is all going to be a fun, great time.”