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Email sent 9/19/2017


I hope this email finds all of you doing well and hopefully excited about a Navy team that is 2-0 as they face the Cincinnati Bearcats this Saturday at 3:30 pm at NMCS. As we did last home game against Tulane, we are rolling out the USNA ’85 tailgate machine. For this weekend, Charlie Smith has asked me to put this out to everyone:

Navy is off to a great start this season with wins over Florida Atlantic and Tulane.  The new tent was a hit and this week we will break out the new grill.  It should be a beautiful day for football on Saturday – come out early and enjoy the day.  The theme this week is Chili & Brats.  I’ve already heard from a couple of people who want to show the Cincinnati fans what real Chili tastes like and who doesn’t like a good brat to go with their pre-game beer.  We’re going to try out an online sign up this week but feel free to bring your favorite tailgate dishes. Beverages will include beer on tap, wine, sodas and water.
Here’s the link for the tailgate signup: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a48abab28aaf49-navy
Here’s an outline for the remainder of the tailgating season: Fried Chicken (including wings) for AF, Homecoming against UCF will be catered and BBQ/Grilled food for the SMU game.
Please help us out and go to the link Charlie has provided and sign up to bring some food to share. This gives us a head count and makes sure we have enough and variety of food. As always, we will have beer on tap from the Chesapeake Brewing Company, red and white wine that we have purchased and people have donated. We will have the class donation box out and your donations that go to cover the overall cost of our tailgate equipment, the draft beer and other supplies purchased to offer you the best tailgate experience each game. Please remember to bring your folding tailgate chairs as well. I am also adding a portable restroom that will be at all ’85 tailgates for use by our classmates and guests and add some sanity to the lack of bathrooms at NMCS parking lot. So, Go Navy and PLEASE sign up today if you are attending and can bring something on Charlie’s list. I will be back for the Air Force and Homecoming games and look forward to seeing everyone then. Thanks as always to Charlie and Kathleen for being our tailgate hosts. Please email Charlie if you can help either set up or clean up this week, any and all help is appreciated! Tailgate set up starts at 11:30 and we usually tear down about an hour after Navy Blue and Gold. charles.m.smith@gmail.com Beat the Bearcats and go to 3-0!


All classmates and friends are invited to contribute to or join in the 5K charity run/walk to benefit the fight against Huntington’s Disease in which Dan’s 2 sons and ex-wife are participating this coming weekend.  They are running as “Team Matzke”, and they are trying to raise $2500 for Huntington’s Disease.  Details are below.  For any questions, please reach out to Simms Duncan.  For other events honoring classmates, please send Angela Orlando the details for publishing for the class.

Please join us or donate in Dan’s honor for the 13th Annual ‘Heroes Vs. Villains’ Denver, CO Team Hope Walk & 5K Run on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 to benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA). 
Event Details

Where Stapleton Central Park
Denver, CO
Starts 09/09/2017 @ 9:00 AM MDT
Ends 11:00 AM MDT
Check-in Time 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM MDT
Registration Cutoff 09/08/2017 @ 4:00 PM MDT
Donation Cutoff 12/31/2017 @ 12:00 PM MST
You may join our team (Team Dan Matzke) and walk or run the 5K with us for a $25.00 entrance fee and/or you may donate to our team’s fundraising efforts via the link below.  Please feel free to share the link with other friends and family.   Thank you for your support!  


Email sent 9/5/2017

Class of ’85,

I am proud to announce that we are on track for a great tailgate this Saturday for the game against Tulane. The game kickoff is at 3:30 pm and the tailgate kicks off at 11:30 am. We are expecting at least a 100 people this Saturday and I have ordered catering from Bo Brooks for that many. We will have Beat Army Lager from the Chesapeake Brewing Co. on tap, wine and non-alcoholic beverages available. This will be the debut of our new Class of ’85 tent that many of you helped to fund. We will also unveil our new Class of ’85 tailgate trailer along with live TV at the tailgate for the first time.

I want to thank Frank Proctor, Marty Medve and several other classmates who are putting on a Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of fallen Classmate Kevin Bianchi this Friday. This is a charity event raising money for the Bianchi Family and for other military families who have lost a spouse/parent. Many of our 40 plus classmates participating in the golf tournament will be attending the tailgate this weekend and I ask you to thank them for all they have done in putting on this event. I have attached a flyer for this event for you to see what they have done and perhaps support this event. We stand by all our fallen classmates like Kevin and his family and always will; something ’85 takes pride and honor in doing.

Looking ahead, I have asked Dave and Carolyn Marquis to open up their Brewpub, The Chesapeake Brewing Company in Annapolis, the evening of October 20th from 6:00-9:00 pm so we can have an official Class of ’85 32nd Reunion party on Homecoming weekend. I will soon post a link for registering for this event on the class website and we will use that to get a count of those attending both the Friday night event and Saturday tailgate. I hope for a good turnout for this Friday evening event as well as for our catered tailgate the next day at the UCF game. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details as we get closer to that event. For now, come and join us this Saturday, please be generous in helping me support class tailgating by donating to the Class of ’85 tailgate fund donation box. Come ready to see Navy kick some Green Wave butt this weekend and Go Navy!!  Regards,  Bob Smith ’85

It’s the start of the home game season at Navy-Marine Corps stadium and that means it’s time to start the ’85 tailgates!

Join the class and the new tailgate setups to cheer on Navy to a victory against the Tulane Green Wave!

This tailgate will be catered by Chris Hannan ’94 (owner of both Bo Brooks Catering and McGarvey’s) with a Place Kick menu of:

  • Grilled ½ lb. Hamburgers
  • Grilled ¼ lb. Hot Dogs
  • Power Blend Cole Slaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Old Bay Chips with onion dip
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Chunk Brownies
  • Rolls and Condiments

Beat Army Lager served courtesy of Dave and Carolyn Marquis (The Chesapeake Brewing Company).  Limited non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

We ask that those in attendance to donate at least $25 per person to the class donation box if you choose to eat and drink that day.  For those that also wish to contribute towards the costs of the new Tent/TV/Trailer/Sound System/Tables, please feel free to throw extra money into the class donation box.

If you plan on going, please shoot Bob Smith a text (502-432-6185) or email (robertsmith5@att.net) with the number attending.

Take plenty of pictures and share so that we can share our class spirit with all!

Go Navy!  Beat Tulane!


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