2016-03-24 / Letters

Old Orchard scholarship drive in full swing

To the editor:

The Old Orchard Alumni Association kicked off its 2016 fundraising efforts March 11 with the annual Alumni Basketball Classic. For the first time in 16 years the alumni team was defeated by a scrappy, younger legged high school team. Both the boys and girls were playoff contenders this year and showed their talents in the win.

Up next is the Scholarship Spring Dance. Duffy’s Tavern and Grill will host us with a dance that’s open to the public. Tickets are $10 per person and we will reserve tables of eight and encourage groups. We have collected hundreds of dollars in door prizes, will have a 50/50 raffle and dance to the hits of all years from the 1950s to present day music. This fun night is 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday April 2. Tickets are moving quickly and are on sale at MacDonald’s Garage in Old Orchard Beach, Prime Honda in Saco and Brady’s Screen Print in Biddeford. For more information, call 423-2975. Help us raise money for tomorrow’s future leaders and assisting them with scholarships to help with their education.

We also welcome Sandra Lord, long time educator and founder of the re-birth of the Alumni Association, along with Rita Paradis Belair Coker, class of 1949, into the Old Orchard Alumni Hall of Fame. Congratulations ladies. We are currently accepting nominees for the 2016 award to be awarded at The All-School Reunion Weekend that kicks off Friday, Sept. 16. Details can be found on oobeachalumni.com.

And we all know the pollen strikes us in June; June 28 is our annual car wash and bottle drive at the Old Orchard Beach Fire Department from 8 a.m. to noon. Save those empty bottles, in fact we will take what you have now. Thank you to all who assisted in our efforts last year and we look forward to another successful year in 2016. Any questions, not getting your newsletter, or wishing to help, please call 423-2975.

Mark Andrews, alumni president Old Orchard Beach

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