Reunion Weekend Receptions Recognize Volunteers

Alumni celebrate a successful year of volunteer service, singing “Bright College Years.”

Yale kicked off the 2009 reunion season with two receptions recognizing alumni volunteers from the Yale Alumni Fund, Reunion Giving, and the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA). Nearly 100 guests gathered for each event in the Linonia & Brothers Reading Room in Sterling Memorial Library.

Alumni volunteers serve Yale College in a variety of capacities. As class agents, reunion gift committee members, and AYA board members, they provide important support for the Yale Alumni Fund, reunion giving, and reunion planning. This year, more than 800 individuals volunteered their time and expertise.

Volunteers from the classes of 1944, 1949, 1974, 1979, 1984, and 1994 came together on May 28, and the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1999, and 2004 celebrated on June 4. Inge Reichenbach, vice president for development, and Mark Dollhopf ’77, executive director of the Association of Yale Alumni, hosted both receptions.

In her remarks, Reichenbach said, “This is our opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for the enormous investment you made in the success of your class.” She then acknowledged that in a challenging year, the Campaign remains ahead of schedule through the efforts of reunion classes and alumni volunteers. She concluded by saying, “You are what make Yale the unique place that it is, and that it will be and remain forever.”

Dollhopf also addressed the gathered alumni, offering his thanks to all who helped make reunion weekend a special time. He then introduced the evening’s entertainment, which included student singers from Yale College. In addition to performing Cole Porter’s “Antoinette Birby,” they led the Yale faithful in a stirring rendition of “Bright College Years.”

(July 14, 2009)

July 14, 2009