USS Wainwright DLG/CG-28 Veterans Associations 2018 Reunion
During the business meeting at the 2016 50/30 reunion in Charleston the decision was made to hold our next reunion in Branson, MO in the fall of 2018. The reunion will be at the Radisson Hotel Branson from September 26 through September 30. When site alternatives were presented, the information we had at that point was that the room rate would be in the range of $85.00 per night. However, in a repeat of what happened in 2016, we were informed a couple of months ago that the hotel was sold. The new owners are remodeling the facility with no indications as to when they will re-open, how reunion friendly they will be and have indicated that their least expensive rate will be $130.00 or more. Accordingly, we had to find another location. A search and review of available alternative properties indicated that the Radisson was our best bet. The room rate will be $119.00 plus tax (11.6%) which does include breakfast. Please keep in mind that Branson in the fall is a busy time and we were fortunate to find a rate this low. Because of negotiations with the Charleston Marriott last year after prices were calculated based on the Charleston Plaza rates our reunion account is healthy which will allow coverage of some Branson expenses to make the increased room rate as painless as possible. The reunion committee did research prices in Mobile, the second-place vote getter and found rates that were in the $109 per night range. The decision was made to go forward with Branson due to the small price difference and more importantly, Branson is farther west than any previous reunion and we already have indications of attendees as a result.
Reservations can be made by calling 417 335-5767 using the room block code “180918USSW” or by just saying you’re with the USS Wainwright Veterans Association. In about two weeks, they will be able to accept reservations via their website at https://www.radisson.com/branson. At that point, we’ll put up a link on the website and advise. In addition to the $119 per night room, the hotel has a limited quantity of suites with balconies on which smoking is allowed. They have blocked 55 rooms at the $119 rate and 5 of the suites at $149 per night. These rates are good three days before and three days after the reunion. Once these rooms are reserved, additional rooms will be granted on a space available basis. As reservations can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance, please make your reservations as soon as possible even if you are not sure if you can join us, so you know you are guaranteed a room in the reunion hotel. We will not be the only group there! If you have any difficulty making reservations, contact Manny at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee is still working on reunion activities, menu’s, tours, etc., and will publish a registration form no later than January.