MESA — The Miami High School Reunion of Classes Committee (representing MHS Alumni from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s) hosted a three-day event at the Mesa Hilton Hotel from June 2-4.
When asked to sum up the weekend, Committee Chair, John Sandoval from the Class of 1961, said, “More than 180 people attended the reunion, and many told me it was the best reunion yet. So many folks told me how much they enjoyed visiting with their old classmates and friends.
“Thanks to the Committee members for their dedication and hard work, and thanks to all the Alumni for attending. It was a great event. The Hospitality Room and dining areas were filled with conversation, laughter, music and dancing, and golfers played a fun tournament in the June heat.”
Attendees of all ages participated in events held throughout the hotel. The oldest class member was 95-year-old Charles Luthy, from the Class of 1940. The youngest attendees were from the class of 1979.
A popular stop in the hotel was the MHS Photo Room, displaying more than 400 photos of old-time Miami, mining days, MHS sports teams and other school activities of the 1950s, class photos starting in the 1940s, news articles and many other items of interest.
Pauline Gonzales’ tortilla and salsa recipes were on display, and many folks were seen taking snapshots of these for their recipe files.
Music by Miami Country on Friday night and Neto and Imagine on Saturday night kept many folks on the dance floor all evening. On Friday night, Alumni remembered George Sanchez with a video tribute. A Silent Auction displayed beautiful metal and copper pieces, oil paintings, a doll collection, and other interesting pieces which were all sold.
All this and more made for a fun-filled weekend. “Reunions are all about people,” remarked Joe Sanchez, Class of 1954. “It’s about fellowship, togetherness, shared memories, and interesting conversations.”