The Buzz

Mark Woodbridge Class of 79

Shelly and Kathleen- ,
Woodbridge High School has an alumni site where people were asked to post their thoughts on the reunion. I wish you could read them all. This one summed it up best. "You pulled of what only the Class of '79 could accomplish. I think all would agree that this was the BEST REUNION yet. Ten and twenty were great but this one was FANTASTIC!"

Our committee couldn't have pulled this off without Capital Reunions. We came late to the party, but thanks to you, no one could tell. The hotel was fabulous, the ballroom was magnificent, the Presidential Suite was luxurious, and even the swimming pool and exercise room got rave reviews. The hotel staff went above and beyond the call of duty to make this an experience for the Woodbridge Class of 1979. The main event was more than we could have hoped for. The food, music, and atmosphere were perfect for getting reacquainted with friends who have made us the people we are today.

You have our undying gratitude for the effort you put forth to make this a success in a very short time. We have people clamoring to have a 35 year reunion now. It was even better than you told us it would be.

Michele Chantilly Class of 89

Dear Kathleen and Shelly,
Thank you SO MUCH for a fabulous 20 year reunion. Words can't describe the fun we had. All the nervousness (is that a word?) of getting enough people to buy tickets went out the door as I walked IN the door of the banquet room. I have had so many classmates email me wondering when our next reunion is going to be!

We couldn't have pulled this off without the help of Capital Reunions. You all were on the ball with everything and it was so nice to have someone there to take care of all the details we would have never thought of. The DJ was awesome and played ALL of our requests as we made them. The food was great as well!

Thank you again for everything! I wish we could do it all over again.

Bob and Jane - Washington-Lee Class of 1959

Kathleen, Shelly and staff,
What a great job you guys did for our Big Event. Through your hard work, expertise and dedication to our event, Capital Reunions managed to inspire many classmates to attend. Our committee to date has received over one hundred notes and emails from classmates expressing their enthusiasm and joy with the reunion. Fifty-year reunions only come once and Capital Reunions made it a grand success. Our class has had reunions in the past, but this professionally managed reunion has been the best attended and most enjoyable of any of the previous seven. It was a pleasure working with you and we look forward to working with you again to orchestrate our 55th year reunion!

Christine & Lori from Robert E. Lee Class of 1988

Kathleen and Shelly,
Thank you so much for everything this weekend --- we truly appreciate your willingness to bite the bullet and take a chance on us earlier this year and book the Pinzimini for us. It was truly the perfect venue for our class and we are just thrilled with the outcome for the entire event. Everyone had an overtop time and as I mentioned in Allyson's email - we are still basking from all the reunion fun.

Thanks again for a remarkable weekend - Christine & Lori

Vicki WT Woodson Class of 1988

Everyone really had a great time last weekend. The turnout was great and people are still talking about it. Anyway, I just thought you should know…Thanks!

Greg Annandale Class of 1988

On behalf of the entire Annandale/Jefferson Class of 1988, thank you for everything you did. Our reunion was AWESOME. People will be talking about this event for years to come. Thanks again for everything!!!!

Michele W.T. Woodson Class of 1978

Kathleen & Shelly, the party went so well last night. Janet was great -- charming, thorough, a great problem-solver. Overall, everyone was thrilled and said great things about Capital Reunions. So thank you very much for doing such a great, great job.

Shirlie -Chantilly Class of 1987

Dear Shelly and Kathleen,
On behalf of the reunion committee and the Chantilly Class of 87 we would like to send our sincere thanks for the wonderful event that you planned for our 20-year reunion at the Hyatt Fair Lakes this past weekend. Your attention to details was amazing: beautiful ballroom, wonderful food, and friendly/helpful staff. The DJ was so much fun and kept us all on the dance floor until the very end! What else can I say except - WOW!! We look forward to working with Capital Reunions again for our 25-year reunion, since no one wants to wait another 10-years!!

Nicole -Fairfax Class of 1987

Thanks for making our reunion such an incredible and unforgettable evening. Everyone who attended was so happy they came and couldn't believe how quickly the evening passed by. Dean even figured out that with the reunion lasting 300 minutes, with 150 people in attendance that gave you 2 minutes a person to talk with so we really should have started it at 3pm! And as you called it, people are expressing an interest in doing it again in 5 or 10 years! All the best to you!

Pam -Langley Class of 1987

Well it seems like everyone had a great time at the Reunion on Saturday. Thank you for your help! I think everything went really well. It was really nice that you let the DJ stay as late as he did – people were having a good time. We have been getting a lot of emails from people telling us how much fun it was so thank you for all of your input and recommendations.

Kristen- Woodson High School Class of 1986

"Thank you so much for making our reunion so wonderful. Everyone was complimentary about the event last night. The fact that many people were there until the end shows just how good of a time everyone had. I was very appreciative of the fact that the Sheraton staff allowed us to linger even after the event was over. Also, I was amazed to hear that everyone went on the website and read each others bios and check out their pics. That feature was great!"

Daphne - South Lakes High School Class of 1986

"Hello, as my lil' pumpkin, batman and clone trooper count up all their treats and treasures, my thoughts again return to the wonderful reunion party this past Saturday night (which I have replayed so many times in my head). I can't thank you enough for your service and your personal attention throughout the process and especially the night of the party. You set up the perfect atmosphere for a great party. Everyone had so much fun, including myself, and I have to thank you and your partner for setting up the framework to make it happen!

Again, many thanks and may you have continued success in the future!"

Amy - Mount Vernon High School Class of 1986

"What can I say about the event -- it was AMAZING!

The facility was incredible, the food was out of this world, and the service was more than I expected. Mike, the DJ, was open to many suggestions from the crowd and seemed to keep people on the dance floor for hours.

It was a pleasure meeting Kathleen and her helpers. Everyone was full of great compliments and really felt that the whole experience was worth the money. I will be recommending you to everyone I can, including the Class of 1988, which has already contacted me to see how things went. You went above and beyond."

Nancy- Fairfax High School Class of 1986

"Hi Shelly and Kathleen!

I just wanted to write and say "Thanks for a GREAT party!"

Everyone had so much fun last weekend (we are still recovering!) and many people reported how much they enjoyed the web page.

Thanks for making it so fun and so EASY!"

Kathleen – Hayfield Class of 1986

"Thank you, thank you, thank you! The reunion was just amazing. Everyone had a fabulous time – and I’ve already been tasked with doing a 25 year reunion (no one wants to wait another 10 years)! So, needless to say, we will be working together again! It was a pleasure working with you, and I am happy that we will get to do so again in the future."

George - Marshall High School Class of 1986

"Hi Kathleen, Shelly, I wanted to drop a quick note to thank you both for a wonderful reunion. The hotel, food, attendance, your staff (Allison) and other arrangements were fantastic. I'm extremely pleased how every thing turned out. I wish you the best with your business."

Kristen from Oakton Class of 85 writes

“Wow - it exceeded all of my expectations and anticipations! I loved every minute of the entire weekend!

Thank you girls for your involvement! The night was fabulous and oh what a large crowd - can't wait to hear the final number! I stopped counting the number of thanks given throughout the night for the fabulous affair! The venue was perfect - patio added a special ambiance to the night!

Put me down for a reference for future reunions and plan to help in five years for our 25th! Thank you again for all of your hard work and dedication to making our 20th a truly first-class event!

Fondly, Kristen !!!”

Melissa from James W. Robinson Class of 95 writes

“ Shelly and Kathleen -- I wanted to reach out and thank you for all of your help over the past two years. I think I speak for everyone in saying that a good time was had by all on Saturday! The food selections, the drink tickets, the background music, and the staff at the ballroom were all great!!! Thanks again for helping us to stay on top of the planning and getting our class together! Kathleen -- thanks for getting everyone checked in and outfitted with the name tags. I have to say -- I needed the name tag at times to ensure I was calling everyone by name!!!”

Veronica from Annandale Class of 79 writes

“ Shelly and Kathleen, I want to thank you and Capital Reunions for all that you did in working with us in putting together our 25th Reunion. We can't say enough on how helpful you were!! When we started looking around for reunion companies to work with, Capital Reunions, was the only one that was open to all our ideas. You and Kathleen were always readily available to address our many concerns, and questions that would creep up on us, never was a worry to big or too small for you. Your professionalism and expertise on putting together main events was evident throughout all our many meetings. You helped make our reunion a wonderful and memorial event to all that attended. I remember early in our conversations you telling me how on Reunion Night everything would be taken care of by Capital Reunions so that we, our reunion committee, could just enjoy ourselves during the event and just be guests. That was exactly what happened reunion night. We were able to enjoy ourselves because we were in extremely competent hands. Please give anyone my name if they want to hear more. I would be more than happy to recommend that they work with Capital Reunions if they want to have a smooth and rewarding event. Thank you Capital Reunions!! :)!”

Krissy from James W. Robinson Class of 84 writes

“Shelly, I want to thank you and Kathleen for helping us put together one of the best reunions ever. It far exceeded our expectations and was a smashing success!! Siobahan and Carolyn have continued to sing your praises and I know that your company will be around for many years to come. Please pass on my sincere appreciation to the others that helped you. Again, thanks for all your hard work!”

The Reunion Committee for Robinson Class of 84 writes

“Dear Shelly and Kathleen, Hats off to you for all the support you provided as we planned Robinson's Class of '84 20th Reunion! We're certain we could not have pulled off such a fantastic event without you. Your deep knowledge of the ins and outs of event planning helped us think through all the details and gave us fresh ideas that we would not have come up with ourselves. Not only that, but the logistics support you provided for online ticket sales and on-site event management gave us peace of mind and lots of extra time to spend with our friends! The event ran seamlessly and we couldn't be happier. Thanks again for all your support. The Reunion Committee - Robinson Class of '84 ”

Kriste from Falls Church Class of 84 writes

“It was a pleasure working with Shelly and Kathleen on our 20 year reunion. They were both extremely professional and always willing to help in any way. My committee and I did not have to worry about anything because we knew they would take care of it. It made the event much more fun and relaxing knowing they were there to keep everything running smoothly. We had a great turnout and I would highly recommend using Capital Reunions for your event.

Kriste, Falls Church, '84”

Jodi from James Madison Class of 84 writes

“Dear Shelly and Kathleen, There are not enough words to thank you for such a spectacular weekend. While Emily and I got all the credit, we do know that so much of it is due to you and your hard work in helping to find everyone. We can't thank you enough. The weekend was beyond our expectations and our expectations were VERY high. I feel sad for the people who chose not to come because they missed out on a really warm gathering of old friends and acquaintances. People were raving about what a great time they were having and how happy they were that they came. That means a job well done. Thanks again and feel free to use us as references. Best, Jodi ”

Chris from James Madison Class of 84 writes

“Kathleen & Shelly, thanks very much for planning and hosting our 1984 Madison High School Reunion Saturday night. I wanted you to know that our conversation a week ago really helped with my decision to attend. It was indeed memorable, nostalgic, and a LOT of fun. It was obvious that Jodi and etc. all really added some great touches to the event and I'm very appreciative of their effort as well. I couldn't stop smiling the entire night, and I only wished it lasted a few hours longer. Thanks again for all your efforts, and I (now) look forward to any future reunions with my fantastic class. Best regards, ~Chris G.”

Ann from West Springfield Class of 84 writes

“Shelly and her colleagues at Capital Reunions were outstanding and helped to make our 20th reunion a great success. Our class has used different companies for earlier reunions, but we were either disappointed with the quality or felt the company put much more effort into getting our business than making our reunion a success. The Planning Committee carefully considered other companies before we selected Capital Reunions for our 20th. We could not have been more pleased with our choice. Their combination of expertise and professionalism allowed them to offer a consistently high level of service over the eight months preceding our reunion. We are very grateful for their efforts and recommend them without hesitation.”

Andie from South Lakes Class of 84 writes

“Dear Shelly, Kathleen and everyone else at Capital Reunions,

How can we ever say thank you enough!

I remember talking to John in December of last year and he was convinced using a company was the way to go. Then he mentioned you, Shelly, and how you had started this company and it was small and just getting started and I was then really not sure - but I am so glad we did it! You two are awesome!

I have enjoyed working with you so much that I can't stop talking about it. I have thought back to that day at Starbucks so many times - remembering how enthusiastic the both of you were and how you said anything was possible.

Kim and I have received tons of emails thanking us for a memorable weekend - and in turn we need to thank you!

They all had such a great time - we have decided to do a yearly picnic for those in the area and a 25th Reunion.

Thanks again for everything and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Andie ”