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Arizona/Western States Area Alumni Association "Rally in the Valley"
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3/20/2015 to 3/22/2015
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Where: Phoenix-Scottsdale AZ
Contact: Bob Caccamo ’59
480.812.0685 H 480.223.3925 C
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Posted on January 13, 2015 (Video file)


Posted on October 8, 2014

Dear “Prepster”

The St. Francis Prep Arizona/Western States Area Alumni Association has organized an “all years-all alumni and guests are welcome” mother of all reunions on March 20, 21, and 22, 2015 in Tempe and Phoenix Arizona.

The theme is Rally in the Valley. We held pep rallies in the alley on the N. 5th St. side of the “Prep” and we will continue the tradition with our Rally headquarters hotel the Mission Palms on north side of Mill Ave. on 5th St. in Tempe Arizona.

This year also marks the 55th anniversary year of the class of 1960.We will toast, cheer, recognize and congratulate this well represented group. In its honor a Sister Mary Ruler and Brother Drumstick McGee Fibbers Contest will be held after mass. (2013 winner- “The fish I caught was so big the picture weighed 8lbs.”)

Plans include a Friday night gathering at the Watershed Restaurant at the Lakes in Tempe and a Saturday evening happy hour and dinner at Rawhide. On Sunday we will celebrate mass at the Franciscan Casa and have a party at La Famiglia Restaurant for a taste of old Brooklyn. All gatherings are individual tab events.

The daylight hours will be reserved for spring MLB baseball, sightseeing, dinning, shopping, sipping suds and wine poolside while telling lies or just hanging out and catching up with old friends and meeting alumni from various years and era’s.

RSVP ASAP. See attached hotel suggestions. Make reservations now.

Feel free to contact reunion committee members. (See below)

Thank you,

Bob Caccamo ’59 ……………….…..480.812.0685 H   480.223.3925 C

Joe Kelly ’59 ……………………………480.575.7531

Dennis Esposito ’60…………………602.300.0206

Byron Fanning ’60…………………..602.738.9311

Christie (Van Roten) Ellis’91......480.201.3575



 ************NOTE:  The following is an earlier post *********


Rally in the Valley 2015

You are cordially invited to the Phoenix area St. Francis Prep reunion March 20-23, 2015. The Rally in the Valley is open to all “Prepsters” worldwide and their guests.  The class of ’60 will also be celebrating its 55th Anniversary celebration.

Reunion planners encourage “Prepsters” to extend the weekend into a vacation and see the sights of Arizona, or to just hang out with local alumni. Cactus League MLB will be in full swing so we encourage you to reserve your hotel rooms early.

Our headquarters hotel will be the Tempe Mission Palms. There are many hotels close by and we included a list below for your convenience. We will have “gatherings” on Friday and Saturday evenings and several options for baseball at six stadiums that range from a ten-minute shuttle ride to a thirty minute drive.
Since Phoenix will be at the height of its tourist season, prices will be higher and vacancy rates lower. You can always make the reservation now and if “do-do” happens you can cancel later. There are no costs added for admission to our parties (separate checks) and we give you a money back guarantee on those admissions if you don’t have a great time.

Please drop Bob Caccamo ‘59 a line at or call 480.812.0685 to let him and the committee know that you (and your guest) will be attending.

Thank You.
Phoenix ‘59er’s & 60---Joe Kelly ’59 Dennis Esposito ’60 Byron Fanning ’60 Sam Stith ‘56     

Hotel recommendations based on location (Tempe and Scottsdale, AZ)
1.    Tempe Mission Palms    800.547.8705
•    In the middle of downtown Tempe. Walking distance to restaurants and shopping.
•    Free shuttles to ballparks.
•    Short drive to reunion venues.
2.    Courtyard Marriott Downtown Tempe     480.966.2800
3.    Residence Inn Downtown Tempe  480.967.2300
4.    Aloft Hotel Tempe  866.716.8143
5.    Marriott Tempe at the Buttes    602.225.9000   
•    Shuttle to ball parks.
•    Short drive to the reunion venues.
6.    Talking Stick Resort and Casino  (Scottsdale)  480.270.5539
•    Gaming, restaurants, golf.
•    Half mile to ballpark; free shuttle to Diamondbacks/Rockies.
•    Twenty minute drive to reunion venues
7.    Hampton Inn at talking Stick (Scottsdale)     866.460.7456
8.    Hilton Garden Inn (Old Town Scottsdale)   480.481.0400
•    Walking distance to shopping, restaurants and Giants ballpark
•    Twenty minute drive to reunion venues
9.     Hyatt Place (Old Town Scottsdale)   480.481.0400
10.    Holiday Inn Express  (Old Town Scottsdale)   844.838.7860
11.    Courtyard Marriott  (Old town Scottsdale)   480.429.7785

Please note: The Phoenix area has more hotels than the Yankee’s have pinstripes. You may want to shop around and look for better room rates. Make your reservation now. Rooms will fill up fast due to spring Baseball. You can always cancel later. Feel free to write or call Bob Caccamo (  480.812.0685) for help and information.      




Besides being a Cactus League baseball magnet the reunion will mark the 55th Anniversary Year for the class of 1960.

We will invite all StFP alumni from all corners of the globe. We will have a HQ hotel, baseball, dinner, side sightseeing trips, a party  and additional activities for those who want to stay beyond the 22nd of March. 

Yours in St. Francis,

Bob Caccamo’59 480.812.0685

Dennis Esposito’60 602.300.0206

Byron Fanning ‘60

Joe Kelly’59  602.920.7531

Phil Simeone’59

Sam Stith ‘56