HALEYVILLE - This year marks the first time in the 69-year history of the Haleyville Alumni Association that the alumni luncheon has been cancelled, but the decision was necessary amid the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting not just the area, but the state.
News of the cancellation of the luncheon, which is annually held the first Saturday in June ( this year June 6), was made on Monday, April 13, the same day the city’s annual 9-1-1 Festival - which is held the same weekend each year - was also cancelled due to the pandemic.
Alumni Association President Tabitha Clark announced on Facebook that the cancellation of the alumni luncheon was made after much consideration.
“The health and safety of all of our alumni is the most important thing for us to consider,” Clark said. “The alumni committee has talked about this for a couple of weeks, watching and waiting to see if things would change. We think that it is best to cancel and start planning for a big celebration in 2021. We hope to see you all next year.”
Although the alumni luncheon has been cancelled, the alumni association is planning to still present its annual Service and Dedication award, as is presented at the luncheon each year. This year, the award will be presented to medical personnel who have been on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Clark indicated. Instead of the award being presented to an individual, it will be presented to a group. The date(s) for the award presentation has not yet been announced.
Senior of the Year from Haleyville High School, as well as alumni scholarships to deserving HHS seniors will also be given out, but further details will be announced as they become available . However, the Alumnus of the Year award will be put on hold to be awarded next year, Clark pointed out.
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