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“Classy Affair” alumni event set for next weekend

By Michael Rodgers
The Lowndes Signal

A group of Central and Calhoun alumni are looking to help fellow graduates with job networking through the inaugural “45 Classy Alumni Affair” next weekend in Montgomery.

“We were having a dialogue one evening and talking about creating a positive image for young adults, and we wanted to have a nice affair to put some positive energy back,” said Tyrus Edwards, chairman of the planning committee.

The Affair is targeted at Central and Calhoun graduates between the ages of 25 and 45.

The first hour of the event will consist of networking, and there will also be a program presented by Montgomery city council member Tracy Larkin, who taught at Calhoun High School.

Following the program, there will be time for socialization.

The Affair is expected to draw alumni from all over the state.

“I live in Madison County, but I’m a native of Lowndes County,” Edwards said. “Everyone on the planning committee is from Lowndes County.”

Those involved in planning the event include: LaToya Hill Allen, LaTravis Brazil, Robert Brown, Roderick Coleman, Lee Davis Jr., Tori Dozier, Tyrus Edwards and LaVonda Grant.

The long-term plan is for the Affair to become an annual event and continue for at least 20 years.

“We also plan to give a percentage of the proceeds back to the community,” Edwards said.

The Affair will be held at Good Fellas Restaurant and Bar in Montgomery on Saturday, April 21 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Advanced tickets are $10, and tickets are $15 at the door. The cost of a reserved table is $125.

“We’re going for a cosmopolitan style,” said Edwards, who added that there will be a dress code. “Business casual will be the attire.”

No tennis shoes or jeans will be allowed.

Attendees must be at least 21 years old, but preferably over 25.

For more information, e-mail youngblackexcellence@gmail.com.