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Acknowledgements and Appreciation

On behalf of my family, players, coaches, managers, trainers, sponsors, the Event Committee, and others who played a role in the success of the Shipley Reunion, I want to thank each of you for being part of such a memorable weekend.

The small gathering projected in March grew into something very special.


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Place your order now and get the Coach Shipley Reunion Video. It will contain the video presentation by Ron Gomez, "The Voice of the Bulldogs" during the Saturday Evening Program, video from the Friday Evening Social at Acadian Village, vidoe from the Tour of the "Walk of Honor" on Saturday Morning, Fan Appreciation in Long Gym on Saturday Morning, Saturday Evening Program at the Hilton Hotel, including the Slide program of the Shipley Website presented by Mike Spears, Shipley Webmaster, and other presentations by players and coaches.

What a great souvenir and gift idea for past, current, and future generations!

Videos are $30. Submit your order during the month of MARCH. Copies will be made based on orders received and mailed after Christmas.

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The Shipley Website ( provided an excellent vehicle for us to share and preserve experiences and materials. As Mike Spears, our webmaster, has stated on numerous occasions, the Shipley Website is a work in progress and continues to grow each day. Check out our website team!!!

The Friday evening program (Jerry Meaux, Larry Bouillion); Registration (Rocke Roy & Linda, Marianne, Janis); transportation(Robert Trahan); D.J., Cory Menard (Chris Landry); and refreshments from Acadiana Bottling and Schilling Distributing got the reunion off to a great start.

Robert Trahan and Sharee Broussard hosted the Walk of Honor. The tour brought back many memories to those former students who located their brick, along with those of friends, classmates, teammates, and family.

Fan Appreciation held in Long Gym was coordinated by Ed Dugas; son, John; and granddaughter, Courtney . Open to the public, this proved to be an excellent setting for the players, coaches, managers, athletic trainers, and loyal fans to relive memories of Long Gym and those related experiences.

The Presidential Suite of the Hilton provided an environment where players could relax and visit privately. Their hosts, Gerald Reaux and Jim Moreau, kept the room supplied with refreshments from Acadiana Bottling, Inc., Magnolia Liquor, and Schilling Distributing Co. Bill Lowry and his family graciously provided all printing, including invitations, handout, and the Shipley Check for the UL Foundation in the amount of $35,000.

The Saturday evening program was preceded by Clelie' and the entire Shipley family, including Delores, Marilyn, Patty, Amy and the grandchildren arranging beautiful table decorations. The Saturday evening program included Ron Gomez, Rev. Perry Sanders, Mike Spears, Dr. Ed Dugas, Randy Price, Dean Church, Rocke Roy(for Tom Colwell), Bo Lamar, Tom Cox, Mac Price, Sam Thomas (and teammates), Dr. Jim Caillier, Rep. Ernie Alexander, and Rev. Dale Griffith.

Coach and Delores presented a check to Dr. Ed Dugas for the "Beryl Shipley Mended Hearts Scholarship" for $35,000. Without our great sponsors, contributors, and donors, who are listed on the Shipley Website, this would not have been possible.

A special video presented by Ron Gomez highlighted the Shipley Era. Coach Shipley closed the program by acknowledging family, friends, players, managers, coaches, members of the Reunion Committee and reflected on the Shipley era.

I want to thank Sam's teammates for the beautiful chair and Mac and those who contributed to Ed's gifts.

The Hilton provided a beautiful setting for the event and served as the reunion headquarters. Filming of the entire reunion was done by Channel One(Brian Butcher). Digital pictures were taken by Johan Adendorff and Eric Nelson provided his latest patriotic poem.

The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission (Virginia Judice and Heather James) helped with name tags and information. There were numerous "Lagniappe" activities such as ditty bags prepared by Gerald and Pat Reaux , with assistance from Jim Moreau and Ron Gomez.

The UL Lafayette Scholarship, Development, Registrar, Kinesiology, Alumni and Foundation Offices were most cooperative and supportive.

The local media were helpful in their promotion of the era and reunion. Others who provided special assistance included Delores Shipley, Carolyn Broussard, Marilyn Watson, Bill Watson, Cheramie Broussard, Abby Broussard, Ralph Peters, Mary Beth (Lowry's), and the Hilton staff.

I want to thank all who attended the reunion as your presence contributed to the enjoyment of such a heart-warming weekend. Others have stated that the Shipley Era was something special and this reunion confirmed those sentiments. It truly was one of the highlights of my life and I want you to know I appreciate everything done on behalf of me, my coaches, players, and all who were a part of the Shipley Era. I am truly blessed.

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