This committee organizes the most formal and well-attended event of Reunion. Some classes have found that it is easier to have the Food and Beverage Committee take on this function. Banquets are most often held at your headquarters; generally 50th and post-50th Class Banquets are held in Valentine Hall. All banquets held in Valentine are catered by Amherst College Catering. They will help you choose menus and all other details necessary for a wonderful meal for you and your classmates. If the banquet is at your headquarters, please refer to a list of vendors, for more information on local caterers. You are welcome to contact a caterer that is not on the College’s list of approved caterers, but we will need to be in touch with them regarding certifications and permits. Again, be sure to determine exactly what they will provide for you as part of your contract (tablecloths, beverages, etc.).
In addition to the food, you will need to organize the program for the evening. Featured speakers are often members of the class. All speakers should be encouraged to make their remarks fairly brief. The banquet is also often the time for a short business meeting of the class — including the election or announcement of class officers for the next five years (if applicable) and an announcement of the class gift to date. Alumni and Parent Programs will provide PA systems for speakers if requested, on a first come, first served basis.