Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Love Welcomes Alumni From Many Decades
Philadelphia played host to the 6th stop on the Falcon Nation Tour and the Marathon Grill was a terrific location for our dinner. The restaurant is located three blocks from City Hall on Market Street and was convenient for alumni who walked, drove, or took public transit. Guests enjoyed a wide selection of hot and cold hor d'oeuvres and appetizers. The friendly staff were attentive to our needs and were very flexible in modifying the private dining area for our needs. When Sonita Johnson’84 registered back in May, she really set the tone and foreshadowed the enthusiasm that alumni exhibited at the event. Sonita wrote, “GO Messiah!!!! Looking forward to seeing some of my old friends and making new friends! God Bless you all…” And that is exactly what happened. Sonita contacted a handful of her classmates from the ‘80s and got them to come out to the event. They had a blast spending time together and getting to know other alumni. There was equal time spent networking and reminiscing about time at Messiah. Both old and young alumni enjoyed sharing stories from their times in Grantham. Miriam Stern, a graduate from the Class of 1945, was the oldest alum to attend a Falcon Nation event to date and Jordan Parenti, Class of 2013 is one of the most recent grads. Alumni were interested in hearing updates about Messiah College and were eager to find out how they could give back to their alma mater by referring high school students, participate in the We Heart Messiah initiative, and helping graduating seniors find jobs. A great end to a great evening occurred for three lucky alumni who won early bird registration prizes. Congratulations to Dan Barlow’09 took the grand prize by winning the iPad mini.