SAVE THE WILD LIFE FUND (SWLF)
With our 40th Reunion now just a warm memory for all who attended and a
lost opportunity to reconnect for those who did not attend, the Save the WILD
Life Fund (SWLF) takes on greater importance for the Class of 1971. With our 45th Reunion on the horizon, our SWLF takes
on greater importance for the Class of 1971.
Mike Love h71 performing at his 40th Reunion
The Fund has become an enduring memorial to its co-founder, the
irrepressible Ed Milne, our original Class impresario. Before he died, Ed
talked about perpetuating the fund and fully realizing its goal to provide
direct and indirect support for the Princeton University’s Class of '71, while
reducing the cost of Class of '71 events for all Classmates.
Since then, SWLF has been a reliable source of support
for the Class, benefiting all its Classmates and other Princetonians more
generally. Did you know that SWLF has provided nearly two hundred fifty
thousand dollars in support to Class and University-wide functions at which the
"charitable giving message” was delivered? This includes direct support for
Classmates and the spouses of deceased Class members to attend Class events by
underwriting all or part of their cost. The sad truth is that as the years go
by, this role will grow.
Without SWLF support, for example, fees for our 25th, 35th
and 40th Reunions would have been $100 to $250 more per Classmate. In part through these
efforts, the Class of ‘71 has now raised over $11 million for Princeton, for
the Class of 1971 Foundation, and for other Class-sponsored charitable causes.
SWLF promotes Princeton with three annual Class events
now indelibly etched into 1971’s collective Class memory over the past 20
- The pre-P-Rade Class lunch at off-year Reunions
- The Class of 1971 off-year Reunions Reception
- 1971’s Annual Class Meeting and Reception after the home Big 3 football game each Fall, for nearly 20 years at the Class of 1971 Library at The Tiger Inn on Prospect Avenue
As much as
anything, these events have helped bind our Class together. Each of these
events is free to all Classmates, their families and guests. Hundreds of
Classmates and their families have convened at these events over the years,
generating many new friendships among our Classmates and rekindling many old
ones. Through these events, many of us also first met and can now also call
Princetonians from different generations "friends.”
SWLF has already accomplished a great deal:
- Ed’s vision that all off-non-Major Reunions be free for the Class of 1971 became a reality
- Its founders "invented” the Reunions
beverage cup, which is still in use at most Reunion sites and has been served
on Campus over 3 million times
- Along the way, the Class of ’71 brought
back 3 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members to Reunions for concerts, which SWLF
insisted be "Open Reunions” events, meaning open to any Reunion registrant regardless
of Class affiliation
- President Shirley Tilghman called these
efforts to promote cross-generational Reunions activities "genius” at our 40th
Reunion Class Dinner
With your help, SWLF can continue to support
Princeton’s Wild Life Class of ’71 in the years to come.
Please make your check payable to: "Princeton University, Class of 1971”
and note in the memo line, "Save the
Wild Life Fund.” Send it to: Stu Rickerson ’71, Founding Chair SWLF,
P. O. Box 510, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.
CLICK HERE to contribute to the SWLF ... on-line!
Smokey Robinson h71 and Darlene Love h71
performing at 1971's 25th and 35th Reunions thanks to SWLF sponsors