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Reunion rain aids Dade

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Those who gathered at the Plant High School Class of 1972 reunion during Labor Day Weekend not only became reacquainted with old classmates, they became good Samaritans as well.

According to class president Robert Tawil, the class had a contract with Busch Gardens, the location of the first night of the reunion. If it rained on the night of their event, all money would be refunded.

Sure enough, it rained, and an evening of free rides in Timbuktu had to be canceled.

Then during a banquet the next night at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, attendees were told that they would get a $15 refund from Busch Gardens.

But instead of taking the money, most in the class pooled it so that it could benefit victims of Hurricane Andrew.

On Oct. 12, members of the Red Cross will go to Tawil's office to receive a check for about $4,000 that members of the Class of '72 donated.

The money was donated to those who have continuing crisis because of the hurricane "as a token of our bad luck for one hour," Tawil said.

Artists to greet gallery guests

Syd Entel Galleries, 3641 W Kennedy Blvd., will have a "Meet the Artists" reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24.

Artists John J. Fitzgerald, Maria Hoch and Sultana Volaitis will be on hand to greet guests who come to see the gallery's latest exhibit of their work, titled The Land, The Fiqure.

Fitzgerald is a painter who uses expressionist color and techniques.

Hoch also is a painter. She is noted for her expressionist style and vivid colors.

Volaitis is a fiber artist, sculptress and painter.

The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 24.

For information, call Hollis Wade at 874-8414.

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