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.