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Reconnect. Reflect. Rejoice Family Reunion Testimonials “Shaunee was a very wonderful person to me as well as being so helpful toward me with any questions or concerns I might have had towards the family reunion...when I first met Shaunee her first impression hit the spot. She was more than helpful to me and I guess because I live in PA and I was holding a family reunion in Tuscaloosa. I would like to thank Shaunee again for a wonderful job well done. If it wasn’t for her helping me out with contacting the hotel when they wouldn’t call me back I don’t know where the reunion would have been. Shaunee was always on top of things whenever I emailed or called her. I would get a response back ASAP or no later than the next business day.”

For more information on planning your next family reunion in Tuscaloosa. Please contact me.

--Diette Harris, Bass Family Reunion “Thank you for your support Shaunee- during the planning of the Melvin reunion. It was a success due to your efforts. You demonstrated professionalism throughout our relationship. Your knowledge of the area and contact information was right on the money for our family to have a successful, fun, and entertaining event for July 2, 3, and 4, 2012. The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission should be proud to have someone like you on staff.” --Betty Beasley, Melvin Family Reunion

Shaunee Lynch Assistant Director Corporate & Group Tourism

slynch@visittuscaloosa.com Toll Free 1.800.538.8696

Family Reunion Planning Reconnect. Reflect. Rejoice


Dear Family Reunion Planner,

Family Reunion Planning Schedule

Pieces of Tuscaloosa

The fortunate task to plan your perfect family reunion is an ongoing venture. Everything has to be just right and enjoyable for all family members. The venue, the activities, the food, and convenience have a strategic purpose to a fabulous and memorable reunion.

Six Months Prior • Contact/Develop Committee • Compile mailing list • Determine/Confirm date and location • Research costs for hotel, food, entertainment and activities per person • Send out the first mailer to include cost per person, payment deadline and location

Dinah Washington Culture Arts Center

Four Months Prior • Confirm menu/caterer and activities • Develop itinerary • Design and confirm T-shirts • Send mailer to include-itinerary, T-shirt order information and payment deadline • Confirm services such as DJ, photographer,and/ or comedian

Dreamland BBQ

I understand the sensitive nature of developing such an event. As the Assistant Director for Corporate and Group Tourism, I have been afforded the resources and tools necessary to produce a custom itinerary to compliment your family reunion. Some of the free services provided are;

• Contact Hotels

• Tour/Special Venue Options

• Restaurant Choices

• Welcome Packets

• Activity/Event Selections

• Itinerary Drafts

Please contact me to plan your next gathering! Sincerely,

Shaunee Lynch slynch@visittuscaloosa.com (205) 469-2182

Two Months Prior • Construct a registration system to be used at check-in at the hotel • Re-visit confirmations to ensure accuracy

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center (CAC) will be a hub for the arts in Tuscaloosa. The CAC will have a black box theatre/workshop space which will house family programming, educational opportunities.

CHOM (Children’s Hands-On Museum) CHOM, where children Explore, Create and Discover every time they visit. When we say “hands-on” we really mean it! Learning through play is what our exhibits are all about, and you are encouraged to touch, feel and play in our exhibits.

Since 1958, we’ve been serving the best bar-b-que ribs you could ever hope to eat! Dreamland started in a small café in Tuscaloosa, AL and has kept that hickory fired taste, sopped up with white bread, ever since.

Murphy-African-American Museum Tuscaloosa’s first licensed black mortician, Mr. Will J.Murphy, built this two-story craftsman bungalow in the early 1920s as his private residence. Today, the structure operates as a museum focusing on the lifestyle of affluent african-americans during the early 1900s. The Murphy-Collins House is the home of the Murphy-African-American Museum.

Paul W. Bryant Museum In October 8, 1988 the Paul W. Bryant Museum opened its doors to the public. Today, the museum exhibits artifacts and memorabilia that trace the long history of University of Alabama football.

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