Tuesday, November 18, 2008

DeVos 1st Annual Alumni Weekend

Over the weekend of October 7-8, the DeVos Program held its first ever Alumni Weekend. This was the first ever organized gathering of students from all five of the graduating classes alongside students from the current two classes. The events of the weekend provided time not only for past students and leaders of the DeVos Program to catch-up and reminisce, but also cultivated networking opportunities and new friendships between members of the DeVos family past and present.

The main event took place Friday night at NBA City down at the Universal Studios City Walk. The restaurant proved to be a fun and appropriately sport-themed atmosphere, while the NBA City staff catered an excellent meal for a large and hungry DeVos family.

The party continued on Saturday with a tailgate at Southside BBQ on the UCF campus. The day not only marked a reunion of DeVos classmates, but it was also UCF's Homecoming Game as well. After wrapping up the tailgate with inspirational and kind words from our distinguished speaker and namesake of the Hope For Stanley Foundation, Mr. Stanley Stewart, our family made their way to Brighthouse Networks Stadium for the game.

While the UCF Knights came up short of a Homecoming Day victory, the day and night before were a resounding success for the DeVos Program. The planning and diligent work of members of the Class of 2009 paid off with a weekend that will be remembered fondly. A new tradition has been started and we will look forward to future reunions with anticipation as our network grows and each future DeVos class builds upon the successes and legacies of the original core of students who helped create the program in its formative years.

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