Monday, August 20, 2007

Anniston’s Class of ’91 to raise funds for school library with skating party


A group of Anniston High School alumni hope to relive some fun from their youth and help current students at the same time.

The Class of 1991 will host a party Sept. 2 at Skate Country to raise money for the AHS library fund.

“Over the past few years, the high school has suffered a great deal,” said Krystal Truss, the fundraising chair for the alumni group.

“We’re in hopes if we step up, others will see us and try to get involved.”

Truss said a skate party will allow some of the alumni to reminisce on their old pastimes.

“In the ‘80s, we had a really big time when we went to Sunshine Skating Rink every Saturday evening,” she said. “Everybody fell in love with the idea.”

Just for authenticity, the group even drafted Freddy Cunningham, who served as DJ at Sunshine for 14 years.

He plans on playing their favorite songs from the era and calling out some of their favorite dances they used to do each weekend.

“I’m flattered to be a part of it,” said Cunningham, who now works for a car dealership in Talladega and only DJs a couple times a year.

“We’ll try to re-create the fun we used to have.”

Truss said the Class of ’91 keeps an e-mail list, and she’s received responses about the party from alums all over the state and in Georgia.

“And we’ve had sponsors come out of the woodwork willing to help out,” she said.

Those will help pay for the building rental, food and door prizes.

The party will run from 7 p.m. to midnight Sept. 2. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Only skaters age 25 and older will be admitted, she said.

Truss said the party could raise up to $10,000 for the high school library, which was damaged by a fire in May 2006.

The City Council, county commissioners and other private donors have pitched in recently to restock the shelves.

“The community at large has really opened up their pocketbooks to give us plenty of assistance,” said AHS Principal George Jordan.

“It’s very gratifying.”


What: Anniston High Class of 1991 skate party
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Sept. 2
Where: Skate Country, 33 Old Gadsden Highway, Anniston
Cost: Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door

For more information: Call Krystal Truss at 205-362-1530 or Tara Rives Hunley at 591-1942.

Only open to ages 25 and older.

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