BY JOSEPH B. WALKER
BOUNTIFUL – When the Bountiful High School class of 1973 gathers for its 40th class reunion Aug. 16 and 17, they will be doing so with an eye toward the future.
“This isn’t just about looking back and remembering, although that is certainly an important part of what we’re doing,” said Valerie Goodrich England, a senior class officer for the Class of ’73 and one of the reunion’s organizers. “But we also wanted to do something to reach out to the next generation of Bountiful High School alums, and to try to make things a little better for them.”
So in addition to the traditional reunion dinner and social, the class of ’73 will sponsor two fund-raising activities. The proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship for graduating BHS students this academic year, and hopefully beyond.
The dinner and social will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Rio Tinto Stadium banquet room, a location made possible through class members Dave and Debbie Leishman Checketts.
“We’d like to make it a perpetual scholarship in the name of the class of 1973,” said Patti Turnbull Pickett, another of ‘73’s senior class officers. “A lot will depend on how much money we can raise.”
The first fundraising activity will be a concert in the Bountiful High School auditorium on Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature performances by several musically accomplished members of the Class of 1973, including:
Ґ Lee Holbrook, known during his high school years as an all-star athlete, whose band Glass Heart shows that he can sing and play guitar as well as he could dunk;
Ґ Debara Bruhn Town, whose music has been featured in films as well as in award-winning music videos;
Ґ Wanda Bangerter Copier, still acting and singing just like she did in high school, accompanied by classmate and former music teacher Rod Davis, who is vice president of music affairs with Sony Pictures in Los Angeles;
Ґ Carla Halverson Eskelsen and her husband, Dave, who will perform several of the more-than-300 songs they have composed as folk singers and songwriters;
Ґ Mark Wagstaff, whose guitar playing and songwriting has led to performances with the “BYU Jazz Ensemble,” the recording group “Sunshade and Rain” and his own CD;
Ґ Jennifer Orrison, a former student body officer whose career as an award-winning educator hasn’t diminished her beautiful singing voice.
The concert will also feature a guest performance by recent, present and future Bountiful High students Joe, Mary and Emma Leishman, who will make the link between the past and the promising future.
“It’s going to be a great show,” said organizer LG Wallace. “And it’s going for a great cause: investing in the future of BHS students. What could be better than that?”
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Current Bountiful High students will be admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at TheBigB.bravesites.com. Admission for members of the class of ’73 is included in the cost of their reunion ticket.
The second fundraising activity will occur during the ‘73’s reunion dinner and social Saturday night. Cyndi Wray Lawrence has been coordinating donations for a silent auction featuring a wide variety of desirable items, from the practical to the useful to the extravagant.
“We have everything from Salt Lake Bees tickets to authentic New York Yankees gear,” said Lawrence, whose husband, Rod, is also a member of the class of ’73. “We’ve got theater tickets, restaurant gift cards, books and artwork by classmates and family photo sessions. We’ve got passes to Lagoon, Cherry Hill and Boondocks, and we’re even going to auction off a hot air balloon ride.”
Kohl’s has also donated $500 to the scholarship fund, Lawrence said.
“We’re having a reunion, but we’re not just having a reunion,” Wallace said. “We’re at the time in our lives when we’re thinking about things like leaving a legacy. We want to have a good time together, but we want to make a difference, too. We hope it all comes together for the benefit of Bountiful High School students past and future this weekend.”