St. Francis DeSales High School is inviting its alumni, all 8,000 of them, to the school's first all-school reunion July 11- 13.

St. Francis DeSales High School is inviting its alumni, all 8,000 of them, to the school's first all-school reunion July 11- 13.

DeSales Alumni Director Colleen Herr, who is heading the weekend of events, said hundreds are expected for the weekend, and graduates from the class of 1966 through the class of 2004 have responded to invitations.

Herr said the school decided to throw a reunion for all of its graduates because of the number of families who have gone through the school. The weekend's activities are designed for all interests and are family friendly, she said.

"There are so many families that have had generations and generations to come through this school," Herr said.

The all-school reunion gives those families a chance to share their DeSales experiences, she said.

Reunion events will kick off July 11 with an informal gathering at Gordy's Bar, 6150 Sunbury Road in Westerville, starting at 7 p.m. Appetizers will be provided by the DeSales Alumni Association, and there will be a cash bar.

Herr said people do not need to RSVP for Friday's event, but responses are appreciated.

On July 12, the reunion will continue with the 15th annual DeSales softball tournament, slated to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school.

Also on July 12, DeSales will reserve tee times, beginning at 9 a.m., at Champion Golf Course for interested alumni and guests.

Those interested in the softball tournament or golf can call Jim Jones at 267-7808.

During the evening on July 12, there will be a more formal reunion dinner-dance at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 2700 Corporate Drive. The cost of the dinner is $50 but will be discounted to $30 for those who RSVP before June 30.

Cocktails will begin at 7 p.m., and a dinner buffet and dancing will commence at 8 p.m.

To round out the weekend of reunion events, there will be a 10:30 a.m. mass Sunday in the DeSales chapel.

Following mass, the softball tournament's championship game will be played in Alumni Stadium, and tours of the school will be offered.

Herr, a 2001 DeSales alumna, said with more than 8,000 alumni to reach out to for the all-school reunion, she's relying on representatives of different classes to attract as many people to the reunion as possible.

"It's going to be a really fun weekend, and the more people the better," Herr said.