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This photo shows a scene from the 2019 Union City Alumni Banquet. After a year off because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 144th Annual Union City Alumni Banquet will be held at 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Photo provided.

Following a year off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Union City Alumni Association will resume having its Annual Alumni Banquet in the High School Gym on Saturday, May 29, 2021. This years banquet will be the 144th in a tradition that dates back to 1876. It is a time for all of the past graduates of the school to reunite and welcome the class of 2021 into their ranks.

Doors will open for the meet and greet at 5:00 PM. Dinner and a program will follow at 6:00 PM. David Landon of the class of 1971 will be the featured speaker. The class of 1971 will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their graduation. There will also be a special belated recognition of the class of 1970 as they were unable to celebrate last year. There will also be an open reception for those wishing to continue the festivities in the reception room at the Pizza Hut in Union City. Beer and wine will be available at Pizza Hut.

David Lenkensdofer, of Union City, is serving as chairman of the Class of 1971’s activity committee and they have arranged a bus tour of the area to beguiled by Union City Mayor Chad Spence. Union City will welcome alumni with available walking tours of the Art Depot, the Old Hotel & Railroad Museum, the current school facility, Hoosier Place (the renovated Old West Side School), and Artisan Crossing downtown. Multiple downtown businesses will also be open for the enjoyment of visiting alumni.

The gymnasium event will follow all current COVID-19 protocol including social distancing. Masks are required and vaccinations are strongly encouraged.

Tickets and further information are available online at: https://unioncityalumni.org/banquet-donations. For more information, contact Alumni Association president Bill Corbin at: bill.corbin@gmail.com. A great many things are happening or in the works for Union City, and this would be an excellent opportunity for alumni to visit and witness the exciting things going on in their hometown. They will see a school facility in tip-top shape continuing its tradition of educational excellence, often in direct competition with Indiana’s major metro schools.

They will learn about Union City revitalization efforts, including a major educational innovation in downtown UC. Work has begun onVision Corner, in the old Apothecary Shop at the corner of Columbia and Pearl Streets. This will be a state of the art facility featuring a studio for the student run KISS-TV, as well as an outlet for the student run businesses, and an internet cafe.

Alumni are encouraged to join in with the Alumni Association in Financial Support of Union City Education, even if they are unable to attend the Banquet. As public school education struggles with financial challenges, the Alumni Association is stepping up to make a real difference.

Their action fund has generated nearly $250,000 in starter scholarships for graduates attending both 4-year colleges and career-focused alternatives. Provided over 100 teacher grants that have enhanced curriculum and provided morale-boosting support to individual teachers, and directly assisted Union City schools in achieving national PLTW recognition as a leader in installing STEM-based principles, K-12.

The Alumni Association has also spearheaded the creation of the Union City Educational Foundation, now working with alumni in the arena of planned giving and bequests. Former Union City students can visit the website mentioned above, or call Bill Corbin at (317) 691-1043 to explore the possibilities.

“The challenges are great,” says Corbin. “Replenishing the coffers after the very difficult 2020 is a major priority,” he continues. “COVID was rough for us all, but the opportunity to make a difference is real, and of great importance to students, teachers, staff and our old home town.”

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