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Alumni Association Happy Hour - 2008

   The Grand Island Alumni Association (www.gialumni.org) is hosting a Happy Hour gathering at Riverstone Grill on Thursday, May 29th from 5-7 p.m. A special drink and appetizer menu will be available. Stop in and visit with friends and view the newly remodeled restaurant located at 971 East River Road at North Colony. Don Carter is the new owner and is an alumni of Grand Island High School. The GIAA will again sponsor the popular Niagara River Duck Race Fundraiser this summer with fabulous prizes. Ducks will be available for purchase at the happy hour.
   The Grand Island Alumni Association's purpose is to promote the Grand Island spirit through educational and social events and our website. In doing so, we hope to support the Grand Island Central schools, the community and its youth. Thanks to the large turnout for our February 2008 Comedy Show, the G.I.A.A. is able to award two $500 scholarships this year to Grand Island seniors.




Alumni Association Comedy Show A Success - 2008


(left) Pattie Frentzel, Rob Lederman, Kim Schopp, Nick Syracuse and Jodi Robinson. (click for larger view)

   The Grand Island Alumni Association sponsored a Comedy Night at the Holiday Inn Grand Island on Saturday, February 9, 2008. It was a whopping success with close to 200 attendees. The headliner was Rob Lederman of 97 Rock, MC for the evening was Nick Syracuse and another comedian, Matt Wayne, rounded out the 'laugh until you cry' show. The alumni holds events such as these to gather Islanders together for a good time and to raise money for their scholarship fund. The comedy show raised over $2,000. The alumni committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
Woodchuck Landscaping & Tree Service
Councilman Richard Crawford
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97Rock Comedy Night Coming To Holiday Inn - 2008

Tickets Available At The Door! Only $15.00
   A 97Rock Comedy Night featuring Rob Lederman from 97 Rock will be hosted by the Grand Island Alumni Association on Saturday, February 9, 2008 in the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort.
• 8:00 p.m. Open Doors & Cash Bar
• 8:15 p.m. Cash Bar & Music
• 8:30-10:30 p.m. Comedy Show
• Cash Bar available with food & drinks
   For ticket information and more, see
Grand Island Alumni Association.




Grand Island Alumni Seeks Board Members - November 2007

   The Grand Island Alumni Association is seeking board members for 2008. If you are interested in promoting Grand Island spirit through events and raising scholarship funds for high school seniors, contact Richard Crawford (818-6992) or Pattie Frentzel (870-0569).
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Grand Island Alumni Association Paper Drive - November 2007


   The Grand Island Alumni Association is collecting paper as a fundraiser for its scholarship program. The bin is located at 1871 Whitehaven Road in the DeSignet/Isledegrande.com parking lot. All paper, including folders, magazines and flattened cardboard, are allowed. Phone books and bound books are not accepted. Find out more about America Recycles Day at the
National Recycling Coalition Website.





Alumni Association Announces Duck Race Winners - 2007


Kim Schopp mixing up the ducks. (click for larger view)

   The Grand Island Alumni Association Duck Race was held on Sunday, August 19th in the West River off of Grand Island. 175 ducks were dropped and the winners are:
Retro Sabres Jersey Signed by French Connection - Winner Gary Groat
Poster Signed by French Connection - Winner Tim Lucinski
Drop-off Dinner for 20 from Chef's Restaurant - Winner Pete Hayes
DeSignet Jewelry Gift - Winner Wendy Valint
Holiday Inn Overnight w/ Champagne - Winner Claire O'Connor
   All proceeds will benefit the GIAA Scholarship Fund.





Alumni Association Presents Scholarship Award - 2007


From left are Alumni board members Pattie Frentzel and Chris Aronica, award winner Michael Davis, and Alumni board members Kim Schopp, Richard Crawford and Jodi Robinson

   The Grand Island Alumni Association presented a check to recent Grand Island High School graduate Michael Davis on Monday, July 2, 2007. Michael will be attending Niagara University in the fall. The GIAA has been providing scholorship money to Grand Island youth for the past four years. Funds are raised through social events such as the upcoming "All Island Reunion" at "Jazz on the River" at the Holiday Inn. This event is scheduled for Friday, August 3rd beginning at 7 p.m. and there is no admission. Buy a duck and take a chance to win an authentic signed Buffalo Sabres Jersey, catered dinner for 20 from Chef's Restaurant and other prizes during the East River Duck Race at the end of August. See GIAA website for more information.





Grand Island Alumni Association Hosts "All Island Reunion" - 2007

   The Grand Island Alumni Association will host an "All Island Reunion" from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2007 at the Brick Oven Restaurant in the Grand Island Blvd. Plaza. The event will feature a 50/50 raffle and prizes. Admission is $20 per person and includes beer, wine, pizza and wings with all proceeds to benefit the Grand Island Alumni Association's scholarship program.
   Tickets may be purchased by contacting Dick Crawford (773-4121), Jodi Robinson (773-6789 ext. 117), Kim Schopp (773-5505), Pattie Frentzel (773-8788) or Chris Aronica (404-0088).
   Rubber ducks will be for sale to be entered in the Duck Race later in the summer!





Alumni Association Presents Second Scholarship Award - 2006


From left are Alumni board member Richard Crawford, award winner Kaitlin Voltz and Alumni board members Kim Schopp and Jodi Robinson

   The Grand Island Alumni Association presented a check to Kaitlin Voltz on Thursday, August 17, 2006 in the newly landscaped high school courtyard. Kaitlin will attend Erie Community College and study respiratory therapy. Thanks to the donation from Mark Frentzel and his fall fundraiser, the Alumni Association was able to give a second scholarship this year. The second scholarship went to Angelia Jaeger who will be attending Buffalo State College to study bilingual education in the fall. The Grand Island Alumni Association is an arm of the Grand Island Foundation For Education.





Alumni Association Presents Check - 2006


From left are Alumni board members Richard Crawford and Kim Schopp, award winner Angelia Jaeger and Alumni board member Jodi Robinson

   Thanks to a donation from the Friends of Mark Frentzel campaign, the Grand Island Alumni Association was able to present two monetary awards to deserving Grand Island High School seniors this year. Angelia Jaeger will be attending Buffalo State College to study bilingual education and Kaitlin Voltz will attend Erie Community College and study respiratory therapy. Angelia was presented her check by alumni members on Monday, July 24, 2006. Thanks to Mark Frentzel for donating money raised at a fall fundraiser to the Alumni Association. The Grand Island Alumni Association is an arm of the Grand Island Foundation For Education.




Beautiful Evening For All Island Reunion - 2005


Left: Bill Derwin, Dan McMahon, Supervisor Peter McMahon, Sue McMahon and Linda Lozo
Right: Patrick and Jackie Foote

Left: Dan Robillard, Bob Frasier and Margie Robillard
Right: Seated: Marcy Conn, Pat Conn and Buddy Boss, Standing to left: Reg Schopp and Marie Basile

(Left) Alumni Committee members from left, Jodi Robinson, Kim Schopp, Pattie Frentzel and Dick Crawford.
Right: 1st Prize winner Helen Dinero, Committee members and 2nd prize winner Karen Conboy.


Jodi Robinson photos - Click for larger size.

   Friday, August 5th turned out to be a beautiful evening for Islanders to gather at the river. The Holiday Inn's weekly "Jazz on the River" was the gathering spot for the Grand Island Alumni Association's second "All Island Reunion." A nice sized crowd listened to the "Rod Nickson Project," danced and enjoyed great food and drinks. A raffle held to provide funds for an award given to an Island graduate each year, raised $500. Winner of the first prize of dinner catered for 20 by Chef's restaurant and wine provided by Isledegrande.com was former Islander Helen Dinero of Buffalo. Second prize of $100.00 toward custom Grand Island jewelry, provided by deSignet International, was won by Karen Conboy of Grand Island.





Grand Island Alumni Association Announces Award Winner - 2005


Grand Island Alumni Award Committee (left) Jodi Robinson, Kim Schopp, Award Winner Stacey Monaco, Pattie Frentzel and Richard Crawford.
Reg Schopp Photo

   Members of the Grand Island Alumni Association award committee are proud to announce Stacey Monaco as the Alumni Association's award winner for 2005. For the second year the Alumni has given an award to a Grand Island graduate who shows positive scholastic effort, personality and character traits. Good citizenship, seriousness of purpose, extra-curricular activities and community involvement also play a role in the decision. Stacey is headed to Canisius College this fall to major in Pre-Law.





Grand Island Alumni Association Announces Second "All Island Reunion" - 2005

   

Pictures from first alumni reunion.

   An All Island Reunion, sponsored by the Grand Island Alumni Association, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2005 at the Holiday Inn - Blues on the River.
   The last event was so much fun with great music and the chance to see old friends. Delicious refreshments are available for purchase and there is no admission fee. Raffle tickets will be available to win a catered dinner for 20 from "Chef's" which will include wine donated from Isledegrande.com. Second prize will be custom designed "Island" jewelry ($100.00 value) from deSignet International. Funds raised through the raffle will be used to continue the presentation of a monetary award to a deserving Grand Island graduate each year.




Island Alumni Association To Present Monetary Award - 2004

   The Grand Island Alumni Association is offering a monetary award to one deserving Grand Island High School senior this year. The student must be graduating from Grand Island High School and accepted and planning to attend an accredited college. For an application, contact Carolyn Fabiano in the high school guidance office.
   The
Grand Island Alumni Association, formed in April 2003 as an arm of the Grand Island Foundation, was organized for the benefit of Island residents and former residents alike.




Island Alumni Association Postpones February Event - 2003

   The Grand Island Alumni Association has found it necessary to postpone the February 14, 2004 dinner dance. A similar spring event is being planned.




Island Alumni Association To Host River Oaks Mixer - 2003

   The Grand Island Alumni Association invites everyone to a mixer at River Oaks Clubhouse at 7 p.m. November 28, 2003 - the day after Thanksgiving. This will be on a cash basis, with no cover charge. Membership forms will be available.
   Scroll down for more Alumni news and please consider attending the next Alumni meeting.




Alumni Association Homecoming Event - 2003

   The Grand Island Alumni Association extends a cordial invitation to all former and present Island residents to attend the Grand Island High School Homecoming game at 2 p.m. October 25, 2003 at Masters Field. The Alumni Association will also host an informal reception at 1 p.m. in the high school cafeteria and featuring Grand Island High School Principal Dr. James Dempsey who will give a tour and an update of the extensive additions made to the building. A cash mixer will be held at B A's Saloon on East River Road will take place after the Grand Island/Niagara Wheatfield game - hopefully another victory for the Varsity Vikings.
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Grand Island Alumni Association Announces Upcoming Events

   The Grand Island Alumni Association meeting September 16, 2003 in Sidway School was well attended and many ideas were exchanged. The following social activities have been scheduled for the upcoming Fall/Winter seasons.
   The Association invites everyone to the Grand Island High School Homecoming game at 2 p.m. October 25, 2003 at Masters Field. A 1 p.m. informal reception will take place in the cafeteria beforehand featuring Dr. Dempsey giving a update and tour of recent changes made. Afterwards, a cash mixer will be held at B A's Saloon on East River Road.
   The second event being held at River Oaks Clubhouse on November 28 at 7 p.m. is a mixer and a chance to see old friends and meet new ones. This will also be on a cash basis, with no cover charge. Membership forms will be available at both mixers.
   A dinner dance is planned for Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14 at the Holiday Inn Grand Island. Tickets, which will be reasonably priced, will include dinner, music, dancing, and a perfect way to celebrate the romantic holiday. Overnite packages will be available.
   Grand Island's Independence Day Parade 2004 will take place on Saturday, July 3, 2004. The GI Alumni Association will hold its second annual "All Island Reunion" that night at the Holiday Inn tent. Mark your calendar!
   For further GIAA information, contact Jodi (Hayes) Robinson at 773-6789 ext 117 (e-mail
jodi@giecom.net).




Grand Island Alumni Association To Hold September Meeting - 2003

   The Grand Island Alumni Association will hold an open meeting 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2003 in Sidway School (first room to left of entrance). Scroll down for more information.




All Island Reunion Brings Out Islanders - 2003

      
          
      
   

Jodi Robinson photos - Last photo clicks to larger size.
   The Grand Island Alumni Association's "All Island Reunion" brought out over 100 Islanders including several former residents who came back to town for the event on Friday, August 1, 2003 at the Holiday Inn. The hotel provides its weekly "Jazz on the River" free of charge and Friday night's "Group Therapy" had to be one of the best groups to appear so far.
   Though leading off early with some very black clouds, the weather couldn't have been better and the location right on the Niagara River was perfect for enjoying the warm summer night with friends and relatives, in the community spirit of attaining the goals of the Grand Island Alumni Association.
   Alumni Association representative Jodi Robinson extends the committee's appreciation to the Grand Island Holiday Inn for allowing the Association's first event to be held at "Jazz on the River." The Alumni Association committee also thanks the following sponsors for donations to the first event: Isledegrande.com, Aronica & Company, Gary Roesch, Pattie Frentzel, Councilman Dick Crawford and Supervisor Peter McMahon.
   Residents interested in working and sharing ideas with the Alumni Association are invited to a meeting at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2003 in Sidway School (first room to left of entrance) or urged to contact Jodi (Hayes) Robinson at 773-6789 ext 117 (e-mail jodi@giecom.net).




All Island Reunion Friday Night - 2003
Alumni Association's First Event

   An "All Island Reunion" will be held Friday evening, August 1, 2003 during the Jazz on the River Concert at the Holiday Inn Grand Island. The Grand Island Alumni Association is hosting the get-together which begins at 6 p.m. Tickets, available at the door at $5.00, include one drink. As a special offer, registering to join the GI Alumni Association for $15.00 will include a free ticket to the event. Scroll down or click
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Island Alumni Association Offers All Island Reunion


Shown from left are Alumni Committee Members Jodi Robinson, Dick Crawford, Nicole Butcher, Kim Baldassare and Pattie Frentzel.
   June 5, 2003...The newly formed Grand Island Alumni Association will host an "All Island Reunion" on Friday, August 1, 2003 starting at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Grand Island. Come join your friends, old and new to reminisce at the tent. Tickets, available at the door at $5.00, include one drink. As a special offer, registering to join the GI Alumni Association for $15.00 will include a free ticket to the event. Tickets are also available from Alumni committee members. The event is sponsored in part by Isledegrande.com, Friends of Frentzel, Aronica & Co, the Committee to Re-elect Dick Crawford, Friends to Elect Gary Roesch, and Supervisor Peter A. McMahon. The Grand Island Alumni Association is an arm of the Grand Island Foundation. Click Alumni Association for further information.




Island Alumni Association Offers All Island Reunion

   June 5, 2003...The
Grand Island Alumni Association will hold its first social event, an All Island Reunion on Friday, August 1, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Resort and Conference Center beginning at 6 p.m. It will be a time to catch up with old friends and enjoy live music right on the Niagara River. A small entry fee will be charged and cash bar and food available.
   Everyone is invited to join the Association in its efforts to promote the Grand Island spirit. For complete information or to join the Grand Island Alumni Association, click the website at www.gialumni.org, fill out the form and join a fun.





Island Alumni Association To Hold Meeting - 2003

   The Grand Island Alumni Association, an arm of the Grand Island Foundation, will hold a general organizational meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at the Grand Island Memorial Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.
    The goals of the Alumni Association are to promote the Grand Island Central School spirit through educational and social events, newsletters and the Alumni website www.GIALUMNI.org. The Alumni Association will support the Grand Island Foundation in its efforts to raise funds for the benefit of the Grand Island Central Schools, the community and its youth.





Island Alumni Association Seeks Planners - 2003


Shown from left are GI Foundation board members Christine Learman and Myrna Blair, GI Alumni representatives Dick Crawford and Kim Schopp-Baldassare, Foundation Board members Teddy Linenfelser and Maura Rustowicz and MaryElizabeth Rustowicz. Missing from the photo are Foundation members Lee Cohen, Sally Goris, Noel Blair Jr. and Frank Cannata and Alumni representatives Chris Aronica and Jodi Hayes-Dodd.
Bob Kopf Photo - Click for larger view.
   Attention Grand Island Alumni and friends of the Grand Island Central School system. You can be a part of organizing the Grand Island Alumni Association, a new group of the Grand Island Foundation.
   The Grand Island Alumni Association is being formed to promote the Grand Island Central School spirit through educational and social events, newsletters and our website www.GIALUMNI.org. In doing so, we hope to support the Grand Island Foundation in its efforts to raise funds for the benefit of the Grand Island Central Schools, the community and its youth.
   The organizing committee, Jodi Hayes Dodd, Kim Schopp-Baldassare, Chris Aronica and Dick Crawford, cordially invites you to attend a general meeting 7 p.m. June 4th at the Grand Island Memorial Library. For more information, contact Jodi at 773-6789 ext 117 or e-mail jodi@giecom.net.




Open Letter of Invitation
Grand Island Alumni Association Forming

   April 10, 2003...There is a new group in town. The
Grand Island Alumni Association has been organized for the benefit of residents and former residents alike. A social organization, GIAA plans include several events each year. You know how much you enjoy the July 4th holiday and your class reunions. Everyone is welcome, present and former islanders, Sidway and Grand Island High School graduates, even if you just went to grade school and moved on, we want you. We are celebrating the "Grand Island Spirit," that we are famous for.
   Any monies raised at the Alumni Association events and through annual dues will go to cover newsletters, website and awards to students and teachers. Our group is an arm of the Grand Island Foundation, working on behalf of the schools to attract private funds for educational and extra-curricular activity not covered by tax dollars.
   Grand Island Alumni Association's first social event, an All Island Reunion, will be held on Friday, August 1, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Resort and Conference Center. A small entry fee will be charged and cash bar and food available. Music, catching up with old friends and watching the river! What could be better? Check out our website at www.gialumni.org, fill out the form and join a fun and community minded group. If you are interested in being a working member, please note that on your membership form. Get involved and enjoy the fun!


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