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Class of 1964 50th Reunion Announcement
Can you believe it…1964 to 2014…that’s 50 years; 50 years since we wore Citadel grey, marched in a Friday parade, walked a tour or sat a confinement, attended a Citadel class and finally saluted General Mark Clark as we proudly walked across the stage and accepted our diplomas. So, it’s time to celebrate our achievements and share old times, remembrances and stories. Your reunion committee is excited to tell you that plans for our 50th reunion are being finalized. Since this is our 50th and last “official” reunion, our goal is to make this one our biggest and best ever. We have two main goals we want to achieve:
- Maximize class participation, especially contacting those classmates who we have lost contact with or have not been back to recent reunions.
- Honor our deceased classmates and their widows.
Detailed plans can be found on our online registration site, but here are the important milestones:
Reunion headquarters is The Marriott Charleston: 170 Lockwood Boulevard. We have a group room rate of $199.00/night. PLEASE NOTE: You must call/contact The Marriott to arrange for your reunion accommodations. (1-800-968-3569, or 1-800-228-929) – mention the Class of1964 Reunion. (Marriott Awards apply)
- 11/6/2014 CLASS GOLF OUTING: On Thursday there will be a golf outing at Stono Ferry organized by Eason Chapman ($75/player).
- 11/6/2014 THURSDAY NIGHT PARTY: Don and Joan Plunkett will once again host in informal gathering at their home on the Isle of Palms
- 11/7/2014 CLASS REGISTRATION: The Registration and Class Mixer will be held at The Marriot from 1000 to 1600.
- 11/7/2014 CLASS DINNER AND SOCIAL: The class social and dinner will be held at The Marriot Hotel on Friday evening
- 11/8/2014 HOMECOMING DAY: As always there will be a host of activities on campus on Saturday. We will have a class tent set up to gather before and after the football game. You will be able to purchase football tickets through the online registration process.
- 11/8/2014 MEMORIAL SERVICE: There will be a special Memorial Service in the Chapel on Saturday morning to honor our deceased classmates.
- 11/8/2014 SATURDAY NIGHT: Saturday night is set aside for individual or company gatherings
This year we are using an online registration system. When you are ready to register, go to the following URL address https://www.regonline.com/classof196450threunion and you will be taken to the first page of our “Class of 1964 50th Reunion” registration site. Once there just complete your registration and you will be all set.
The estimated cost per person will be $300. That includes 2 football tickets, food, drink and refreshments for all parties and receptions, Friday dinner & Saturday lunch, reunion “uniform” package, a gift for your spouse or significant other, and miscellaneous reunion supporting costs.
When you complete your online registration your total payment due will be part of your registration record. You will have the option of paying in full or making a $100/person deposit. You can use a credit card or check to pay for your reunion registration.
If you don’t use or have access to the Internet, please send your $100/person deposit or $600 full payment checkto: James F Condon, Jr. CPA, 11 Gamecock Ave, Suite 1102, Charleston, SC. 29407, payable to “ Class of 1964 Reunion.” (Subtract $32/ticket if you do not need football tickets). We ask that you send your money no later than 1 June, with the balance due 1 August 2014.
Lastly, we need your help…we are asking for you to reach out and help us identify our classmates who have not attended before or with whom we have lost contact. We want them and you back to celebrate with us.
See you in November 2014
Your Reunion Committee
A message from your 50th Class Reunion Campaign Committee. . . .
Dear Gentlemen of The Citadel Class of 1964:
“Classmates, I am saddened to announce the passing of one of our own...” This announcement is made all too often, especially over these past recent years. Our times together are precious and are fewer and farther between as the years pass. For that reason, our 50th Class reunion is a very important milestone to us all.
We have two main objectives for this special reunion:
- Let us get together again and renew our friendships and celebrate the “old times”. Please reach out to all of our classmates and encourage them to return for our reunion, especially identifying those who we have lost track of over the years. This effort should also include extending invitations to the widows of our classmates. If you could be so kind as to pass on any information such as email addresses and home addresses, we will include them in our communications.
- At the same time, let us make an enduring impression on the campus and the cadets who will further our traditions as Citadel Alumni. We want to leave a lasting gift from the Class of 1964 that will serve a need of the school and allow future cadets to know The Class of 1964 did something for them. We urgently need your help with this project.
Many of you were able to make it back to Charleston for Homecoming 2013, where you watched three classes celebrate the successes of having collectively raised over $12.3 million! The Class of 1963, who just celebrated their 50th Reunion, raised $11.43 million. Folks, our class is just one year away from celebrating our 50th reunion at Homecoming 2014—let’s blow the Class of 1963 out of the water!
As of 10/31/2013, we have raised approximately $970,894.40 of our $2,500,000 goal during our reunion campaign period of 2012-2014. Of that, approximately $194,393.21 in cash plus $149,782 in pledges are designated to our project, totaling $344,175.21:
- The McAlister Field House Video Board: Goal of $750,000 (w/in overall goal)
This gift will provide a center-hung, digital scoreboard with video panels. Long gone will be the scoreboard of old with its worn-out look and burnt-out bulbs.
Athletic events will be only one of its many uses. The board will also serve to enhance such activities as the graduation ceremony, guest speakers, concerts, and many other campus events. This gift crosses all disciplines and enhances the many uses of The Citadel’s McAlister Field House.
Should we make our goal, The Citadel Class of 1964 would be prominently displayed on the Video Board. Imagine how the class of 2014 and all future classes will be inspired, knowing we helped push McAlister Field House into the 21st Century.
Cash gifts are essential in order for the school to purchase the Video Board before our 50th Reunion. We need $400,000 in cash by February 2014in order to commit to purchasing the Video Board. As noted above, we have $194,393.21 in cash. Please consider making a gift towards this project, now. If you have been kind enough to make a pledge – please make your 2013 and 2014 pledge payment soon! Every bit helps.
Of course, you can still direct your support to other funds or areas on campus if these projects don’t interest you personally—your gift will still help our overall effort. However, if you are interested in supporting the project above, please designate your gift to the Class of 1964 Reunion Fund. Simply complete and return this contribution form with your gift or you can make your gift on our safe and secure giving website, http://foundation.citadel.edu/1964reunion.
There are many flexible giving methods available during our Reunion Campaign to help us reach our goal, such as cash gifts, multi-year pledges, gifts of stock, and planned gifts. For more information on the many ways to give, contact Elliott Cooper with The Citadel Foundation at 843-953-4961 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
One method that may be of interest to you is using your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). On January 1, 2013, Congress passed legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. The law includes several important provisions regarding Charitable giving through an IRA that will allow you to support the causes you believe in:
- Extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover If you are 70½ or older, you can make a gift of up to $100,000 to Citadel Foundation from your IRA to meet your annual distribution requirement. By making an IRA charitable rollover gift, you are able to avoid taxes on the IRA distribution while supporting our charitable mission.
- How to Make an IRA Rollover Gift in 2013 Contact your IRA custodian to make a gift from your IRA for 2013. The gift must come directly from your IRA account made payable to The Citadel Foundation. Therefore, you will not have to report this amount to the IRS as taxable income. Please notify Elliott Cooper, with The Citadel Foundation, at 843-953-4961 or firstname.lastname@example.org at the time of the transaction AND with your preferred gift fund designation.
- Sample Letter for Donor Authorization of an IRA Rollover
Dear IRA Custodian,
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 permits a rollover directly from an IRA to a qualified public charity. As the owner of IRA account #___________ that is in the custody of your organization, I request that you transfer from that account the sum of $________ to The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29409. The Treasury Tax ID Number for The Citadel Foundation is 57-6020493.
It is my intention to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to The Citadel Foundation from my IRA, which may fulfill part or all of my IRA required minimum distribution for this year.
This letter is sufficient authorization for you to make this QCD gift. However, if you require any further documents, please forward those to me for my signature.
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Class of 1964 Reunion Campaign Committee
Have questions? Contact our 1964 class liaison to The Citadel Foundation, Elliott Cooper, 843.953.4961 or email@example.com