Join your classmates and Benson Tech alumni from all years to celebrate Benson Tech’s Centennial!
A three-day, multiple-event reunion of all Benson Tech graduates and staff is scheduled for the weekend of June 9-11, 2017. See the “Calendar of Events” below for a list of planned events. Spouses, significant others and dates are welcome at all events.
Pick and choose depending on your interests from among the following events. Please note that advance tickets and/or reservations may be required as indicated.
Calendar of Events
Friday, June 9th
Meet and Greet – 6-10pm
McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland OR)
A “meet and greet” will be held in the Parsons Room at McMenamins Kennedy School and is designed as on opportunity to meet up with other alumni and teachers to catch up with each other and Benson Tech news. The event fee will cover light fare. An additional variety of drinks and other food may be purchased at the Kennedy School’s varied bars and restaurant. While tickets will be available at the door, they can be purchased in advanced here. We are running a special 2-for-1 discount when you purchase before March (Promotional code: “TECHSHOW”).
Saturday, June 10th
Benson Tech Picnic and School Tours – noon – 3pm
Benson Tech (546 NE 12th Ave., Portland OR)
The Saturday picnic and school tours (one at noon and a second at 2pm) will be a chance to connect with other alumni, hear about current activities at Benson Tech and future plans, and share some cake and punch. We’ll have the grill out, so feel free to purchase a $5 lunch plate or bring your own food. You can reserve your spot in one of the tours here.
Gala Dinner – 5 – 9pm
Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR)
Dress: Business Casual
The Benson Tech Foundation is co-sponsoring a dinner for all alumni, current and former Benson teachers and supporters at the Oregon Historical Society. It should be a great opportunity to mingle with Benson Tech alums, envision Benson’s future and the view some of OHS’ Simon Benson material as well as its upcoming exhibit, “High Hopes: Journey of John F. Kennedy.” This will be a perfect time to reflect on Simon Benson’s generosity, which led to the creation of Benson Tech and to learn how we can continue that spirit. For this event, please purchase your tickets in advance by May 31st – seating is limited.
Sunday, June 11th
Golf Event and Classic Car Cruise-in – 10am – 2pm
Colwood Golf Center (7313 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR)
Play some golf or simply enjoy a Classic Car Cruise-In. There will be a nine-hole executive course golf scramble at 10:00am and the cars begin arriving at about 11:00am. Food will be available for purchase at the event. Register to play ($25 and slots are limited) and then bring “your favorite wheels”. Email us with your foursome or we’ll group you by class best we can.
Champagne Brunch Cruise – 11:30am – 2pm
Portland Spirit Dock at Salmon Street Springs (1000 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR)
There will be a two-hour Champagne Brunch Cruise on a Portland Spirit ship with special seating and pricing for Benson Tech alumni and teachers, providing another chance to enjoy Benson memories while eating, drinking and sightseeing. Reservations should be made directly with Portland Spirit Cruises at 503.943.9115. Identify yourself as being with Benson Polytechnic High School for special pricing of $46 per person (including gratuity and other fees). Register here to show your classmates that you’ll be there.
For more information contact Dale Bajema at 360.576.4872 or email grandreunion [at] bensontechalumni [dot] org.