IHS alumni celebrate high school reunion

Posted 11/3/21

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of people committed to the idea of planning a 70’s class reunion in Immokalee.

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IHS alumni celebrate high school reunion


IMMOKALEE — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of people committed to the idea of planning a 70’s class reunion in Immokalee. After planning was underway, it became clear to them that the task was a large one and required more hands and minds on deck. Numerous factors contributed to the decision to host a mass class reunion. The team of 11 dedicated graduates trusted God to bring to fruition, the idea rooted in fellowship and celebration. They remained steadfast in their commitment to reunite Immokalee High School graduates, and God began leading them through the journey.

The committee met via Zoom, monthly, for over a year. Tossing around ideas about how best to accomplish the task of bringing together graduates from multiple graduating classes included ideas from Dr. Lee Williams of North Carolina and Rev. Horace Dozier of Ft. Myers who led as co-chairmen. Chris Richet Rahmings of Lehigh Acres served as the secretary and social media chair, and Doris Williams of Miami was the events coordinator. Other members included Rev. Leon Williams of Naples; Clara LaSane of Ft. Myers; Elder David Gadsden of Ocala; Jimmy Garvin of Maryland, Dr. Darrell Gadsden of Port Charlotte; Arther Howard of Illinois; and Earthenia Strange of Immokalee.

The result of months of planning culminated with 125 graduates from the classes of 1970-1987, coming home to Immokalee for a mass class reunion during Halloween weekend. They came from as far away as Pennsylvania and Chicago and as close as Miami, for a weekend of fellowship, fun, and reminiscing about good times at Immokalee High School. Friday night’s event was the annual Red and White Alumni football game. Saturday included an afternoon all-you-can-eat fish fry, followed by an evening banquet. The banquet was the highlight of the event. It was the “Mask Uerade Ball.” The planning group was able raise and present $3,000 to the principal of Immokalee High School, Clara Caulderon. The funds are designated to support three graduating seniors who plan to pursue a degree in education.

The evening was a wrap up with great music, dancing and an array of soul food and drinks.