Alumni Reunion

SLIDESHOW: 2011 Alumni Picnic
Sep 22 2011 - 11:53am

Sorensen alumni and friends gathered at Bundoran Farm on Saturday, Sept. 17 for the 3rd Annual Sorensen Alumni Picnic. Photos courtesy of Cloverdale Photography.


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Reminder - 3rd Annual Alumni Picnic is Tomorrow!
Sep 16 2011 - 2:11pm

 With ticket sales ramping up and a beautiful weather forecast for tomorrow, this is your last chance to purchase a ticket for the Sorensen Alumni Picnic at the advance rates ($25). After 5pm today, you will only be able to purchase tickets at the event itself, for $35.

We will be holding the picnic at the same location as previous years, beside the airstrip at Bundoran Farm. The farm road to the site is Hightop Drive, located on the south side of Plank Road, just west of Route 29. Free parking will be provided. We will have some signage to help direct you to the gate.

As with previous years, your picnic experience will be greatly improved by bringing:
1. Picnic blanket
2. Sun block and bug spray
3. BYOB.
4. Your best dessert item for our annual auction. Watch your secret family recipe bring in big dollars to continue the mission of the Sorensen Institute!

Discount tickets are available now. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Stanley (434-243-2844), or to purchase tickets, call Tracy Tanner Bond (434-982-4943). We look forward to seeing you and your family tomorrow!

 

Sorensen Family Reunion 2011 - Get Your Tickets Now!
Aug 18 2011 - 2:08pm




We here at the Sorensen Institute are pleased to announce the third annual Sorensen Family Reunion picnic! Join us on Saturday, September 17 for a full afternoon of food, music, and fun planned for everyone. Expect plenty of barbecue (and vegetarian options), great Virginia music courtesy of our alumni, bounce houses and more.

You have spoken, and we have listened. After a number of requests last year to make the event later in the day, we will begin this year's picnic at 4pm, going on until dark that evening. We will be holding the picnic at the same location as previous years, beside the airstrip at Bundoran Farm. The farm road to the site is Hightop Drive. The entrance gate to Hightop Drive is located on the south side of Plank Road, just west of Route 29, about 15 miles south of Charlottesville. Free parking will be provided. We will have some signage to help direct you to the gate.

As with previous years, your picnic experience will be greatly improved by bringing:
1. Picnic blanket (only a few tables and chairs will be available). Please bring a blanket to spread out on the ground.
2. Sun block and bug spray.
3. BYOB. If you want it, bring it.
4. Your best dessert item for the auction, the proceeds of which go to pay for the cost of the reunion and provide financial assistance to Sorensen program participants.

Discount advance tickets are available now— see details below.  If you have any questions, please contact Joe Stanley (434-243-2844). To purchase tickets, please call Tracy Tanner Bond at 434-982-4943. We look forward to seeing you and your family on the 17th!


Ticket prices are as follows (All advance tickets must be purchased by September 12th):

$25 per person in advance
$15 student price in advance.
All children 12 and under will be admitted FREE.
$35 per person at the gate on the day of the event: no exceptions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Reunion 2011: Save the Date
Aug 1 2011 - 11:43am

The PLP Class of 2009, proud winners of all three alumni awards at last year's Family Reunion: Most Generous, Most Philanthropic and Most Enthusiastic Sorensen Class.

The third annual Sorensen Family Reunion will be on Saturday, Sept. 17. We will gather on the Airstrip at Bundoran Farm in beautiful Albemarle County (less than a dozen miles south of Charlottesville) from 4 p.m. until dark.

Mark your calendars and get ready for food, fun, good music and good friends. More details will be posted as we approach the date.

Sorensen Family Reunion: Get Your Tickets Now!
Sep 13 2010 - 10:12am

A Delicious (and Bipartisan!) Entry from the 2009
Sorensen Family Reunion Dessert Auction

The Sorensen Institute's second annual Sorensen Family Reunion will again be held at Bundoran Farm in North Garden, just south of Charlottesville, on Saturday October 9, 2010 from 11am-4pm. We'll have a full day of food, music, and fun for all (including the kids)!

Click here to see the full invitation with all the details!

To get your discount advance tickets to the big event, please contact Rachel Casebolt by phone at (434) 982-5234.

Save the Date! 2nd Annual Sorensen Family Reunion
Aug 12 2010 - 10:50am

The Sorensen Institute is happy (and excited!) to announce that our 2nd Annual Sorensen Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010. We will gather on the Airstrip at Bundoran Farm from 11am until 4pm. Make sure you mark your calendars and get ready for food, fun, good music and good friends. More details will be posted as we approach the date.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Remembering Sorensen's First Year
Nov 11 2009 - 1:00pm

At the 2008 Alumni Reunion, two graduates from Sorensen's first year shared some of their memories: Nancy Finch,  a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of Fall 1994, and Roy McAfee, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of Spring 1994.

Click here to listen.

First Annual Sorensen Family Reunion a Great Success
Sep 23 2009 - 11:53am

The Sorensen Institute's first annual Family Reunion this past weekend in North Garden was a tremendous success. About 150 alumni, family and friends turned out at Bundoran Farm a few miles south of Charlottesville to see old friends and make new ones.

In the photo above, members of the College Leaders Program Class of 2009 enjoy the third hayride of the day through the Virginia countryside (photo by April Auger). The CLP 09 class was recognized as the Most Enthusiastic Sorensen Class of this year for their turnout at the Reunion! We also recognized the Political Leaders Program Class of 2001 as the Most Philanthropic and the Political Leaders Program Class of 2007 as the Most Generous. Look for a complete slideshow of photos from the big event to be posted here in the Newsroom very soon!

We would like to extend our thanks to the Hedges family which entertained us all with their talents, the volunteer alumni who helped us to plan and coordinate the event (especially Chris Fairchild, Hunter Fairchild, and Nancy Finch); and we'd also like to extend a special thanks to board member Fred Scott who so generously hosted the event at his lovely farm.

If you missed the Reunion this year, we hope you'll be able to join us next year!

First Annual Sorensen Family Reunion: Get Your Tickets Now!
Aug 17 2009 - 12:21pm

 

The Sorensen Institute's first annual Family Reunion (our next-generation Alumni Reunion) will be held at Bundoran Farm in North Garden, just south of Charlottesville, on Saturday September 19, 2009 from 11am-4:30pm. Invitations were sent out this morning to our board members, alumni, and supporters. We'll have a full day of food, music, and fun for the kids!

Click here to see the full invitation with all the details!

To get your discount advance tickets to the big event, please contact Tracy Tanner Bond by phone at (434) 982-4943.

2008: The Year in Pictures
Dec 16 2008 - 3:12pm
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This has been an unforgettable year for the Sorensen Institute—the 15th anniversary of our founding. We hope you enjoy this collection of photos from throughout this special year. (Press the arrow to play the slideshow and click here to see a larger version of the photos)

Featured Alumni

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    Ashley Boyd Diette

    College Leaders Program

    Class of 2004

    Ashley is government teacher at Hampton Roads Academy and a former director of alumni development at Christopher Newport University. She previously served in both Governor Mark Warner's and Governor Tim Kaine's administrations. She also serves on the Sorensen Institute's Hampton Roads Regional Advisory Board.