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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Centennial Celebration 2016

Dear Fellow Alumni and all those who love Morgan Park,

Centennial Celebration planning is going very well.  We are so excited and cannot wait for you to experience what we have in store for you.  I wanted to send you an update on our progress and let you know the ways you can help us make this centennial celebration EPIC for all those who participate.  Listed below are tasks we NEED your help with today!

1)  CENTENNIAL MUSEUM:  If you have any items from your time at Morgan Park High School and wouldn't mind them being displayed in the Centennial Museum or photographed for the Memory Book please send them to us ASAP!! They will be returned to you.  No item is insignificant, too big, or too small  You may send all items to:

Morgan Park High School
Attn:  Keith Majeske
1744 W. Pryor Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643

2) ALUMNI CAREER DAY:  Attention all Chicago Land Alumni!! It is imperative that our current Mustangs see and be able to have conversations with the alumni of our illustrious institution.  If you would be willing to be apart of our Career Day conference (February 25th, 2016), inspire, and change the lives of the current students of MPHS please respond to this email with the following information:

Name:  _________________________________________________

Graduation Year:  _____________

Occupation / Industry: 

 _______________________________________________________

Are you willing to serve on a panel with other alumni in your industry? 

 _______________________________________________________


Would you like facilitate a workshop?  If so, what would be the topic? 

 ___________________________________________________________

3) Restoring Our Legacy Capital Campaign:  Our goal is to raise at least $1 Million by the end of our centennial year for desperately needed repairs and upgrades.  In the current financial climate of CPS and the State of Illinois, these areas will continue to be neglected unless we take care of them ourselves.  The areas are:
             1) Repair and Resurface Track and Football Field
             2) Replace Sound and Lighting Systems in Blackwelder Hall
             3) Upgrade Overall Technology (i.e. Smartboards, Laptops/Ipads carts for students, Audio/visual equipment for proposed global communication center, etc.)
             4) Revive Foreign Exchange and Educational Travel Abroad Program

If you would be willing, please consider supporting us financially in this endeavor.  Donating is Quick and Easy!  Go to www.morganparkcps.org , go to the Alumni Tab and Click on Online Giving.


OTHER NEWS
This week we sent a mass mailing to over 300 businesses in the Beverly/Morgan Park Community as well as the surrounding Chicago land area.  Next week we plan to send a mass mailing to all of the alumni on our contact list announcing our Centennial Celebration Events and Restoring Our Legacy Capital Campaign.

SAVE THE DATES
Below you will find the dates of all of the Centennial Celebration Events, with the exception of Homecoming and the Centennial Gala, those dates will not be available until Spring 2016.

Saturday, January 16th, 2016 - 9a.m. - 2p.m.
 - Formal Opening Ceremony of Centennial Celebration
   Morgan Park High School
         - 9a.m. - 10a.m.:  Press Conference
         - 10a.m. - 11:30a.m.:  Opening Ceremony
         - 11:30a.m. - 2p.m.
                - Brunch
                - School Tours
                - Silent Auction
                - Raffle
                - Centennial Store (Purchase paraphernalia) 

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 - 9a.m. - 1p.m.
 - Alumni Career Day
   Morgan Park High School

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 - 5:00p.m.
- Student Alumni Concert
  Morgan Park High School
  Blackwelder Hall

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 - 10:00a.m.
- Centennial Commencement Ceremony
  Chicago State University

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
- All-Class Reunion Celebration
  Morgan Park High School

October 2016
- Homecoming Weekend
     - Homecoming Game
     - Formal Gala

Whew! I know this is a long email, however, I truly appreciate you reading it to the end.  As always, if you have any questions, feel free to call me at the school  773-535-2550 or you may email empehicentennial@gmail.com anytime.  Look forward to seeing each and everyone of you and celebrating this once in a lifetime event.

Sincerely,

Katrina D. Richard, NBCT
Centennial Celebration Chair


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