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September 2, 2014, 5:35 am

Germantown High ’76 celebrates 35 years

If you have the reunion spirit, perhaps a pair of dancing shoes and a money order for $75 may get you into the 35 Year Reunion Dinner Dance for the Germantown High School Class of 1976. The gala will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4100 Presidential Blvd. on Saturday, Nov. 26. 

The Germantown ’76 Reunion Committee has confirmed that more than 100 of their classmates have heeded the call. Though that is certainly enough to have a fun party, they would like to see more of the Bicentennial Class come out to this Thanksgiving weekend scholarship fundraiser.

“Please come join us as we dine on sumptuous food, talk about the good times and celebrate our 35th high school reunion,” said Darlene Roberson of West Oak Lane. Roberson is a member of the organizing committee. The other members are Stephen Kinsey, Marcia Willis and Marlene Bailey.

This is not the only event this year that raised funds for the Northwest Philadelphia high school. Last summer the committee planned its “Cruisin’ Together” event to be held aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. From the dock at 401 S. Columbus Blvd. Germantown High alumni will board the midnight cruise for more than three hours of dinner and dancing. 

“We’re very excited about our 35th reunion,” Willis said. “We hoped that as many as possible come out to this (initial) fundraiser so that we can have the reunion over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. We are still working out the details.

“Our class has been one of the most active in giving reunions,” she added. “We’ve always had a good turnout. Part of the specialness of our class is the fact that we were the bicentennial class. I think it was just a special time, and now that it’s been 35 years we want to get together again and celebrate.”

The group is proud of the fact that so many have chosen to be sponsors of the event that raises funds for current Germantown High School students to go to college. Among this year’s sponsors are Amazing Homes, Green Thing, Reggie Gordon, Jim and Rita’s Catering, Clark Tires, Serenity, J. K. Roofing LLC, Johnson Funeral Home and the Platinum Grille. In addition, attorney Moody Shields, Expert Exterminating and others have made contributions.

Among those who had committed sponsoring but were pending as of Tribune press time were elected officials Jewell Williams and Cindy Bass. Also committed are Ron Cousar, Hawkins Funeral Home, Savin Funeral Home, attorney Demetrius Parrish and Clinton Hickson.

Since the event is this weekend it is best to call the committee directly for tickets. One can reach Roberson at (267) 257-5711; Willis at (267) 974-8444; Kinsey at (267) 258-3673; and/or Bailey at (215) 680-8932.