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Texas To Host Youth Tour Reunion

May 7, 2015

This year, electric cooperatives in Texas celebrate 50 years of the Texas Youth Tour, and to mark the occasion, Texas Electric Cooperatives is throwing a party.

The Texas Youth Tour Anniversary Celebration and Reunion Dinner will be held June 10 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

"The purpose of the reunion is to connect past and present Youth Tour participants with their cooperatives and memories by providing an opportunity to reminisce about this life-changing trip," said Martin Bevins, TEC vice president of Communications & Member Services. "These people shared something unique, and they're part of a special group. It's time we brought them together."

The event commemorates Texas electric cooperatives' sponsoring youths on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour every year since 1965. The national program, sponsored by local co-ops and coordinated by TEC and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, sends high school students to Washington, D.C., for a fun and educational trip.

"For the past five decades, electric cooperatives have been empowering young people to improve the quality of their lives, their communities and their futures by sending them to Washington, D.C., to represent their hometown cooperatives and see their American heritage," said TEC President/CEO Mike Williams.

All generations of Texas alumni are invited to join the 2015 delegation of Texas youths the night before they embark on their journey, which has been called the trip of a lifetime. The evening features guest speakers, including Youth Tour alumni from Texas' inaugural trip, last year's Youth Leadership Council member and Williams.

Dinner is complimentary for all Texas Youth Tour alumni. Guests are welcome with the purchase of a $47 ticket payable in advance. Please RSVP with your name, Youth Tour year, name(s) of guest(s), total number attending and corresponding check made out to: TEC/Youth Tour, 1122 Colorado St., 24th Floor, Austin, TX 78701 or email YouthTour@texas-ec.org. Please RSVP by June 3.

Visit TexasYouthTour.com or find Texas Youth Tour Alumni on Facebook.