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The Columbia Business School RFC, founded in 1968, celebrated its 50th reunion with a gala weekend, beginning with a Friday night dinner at the famous Sparks Steak House on the east side of Manhattan. The club is the USA’s second oldest business school rugby organization after Harvard B. School RFC, which started in 1963.
Around 150 alumni and guests gathered for the gala dinner, with twenty old boys arriving from the first few years of the club’s existence. Bob McLane, Class of January1969, came from Australia.
On Saturday, there was the alumni match, and a brunch on Sunday. All who returned received a personalized rugby ball from Rhino. In addition, monogrammed caps and polos with the club’s logo were also available for purchase.
Two of the founders, Nick Kaufman and Rob Revele, narrated the first attempt to recruit within the school. They recounted the tale of another first-semester student, Cecil “Jacko” Jackson, who ordered uniforms and ties without first raising the cash for the bill. The first ever rugby evening quickly raised the money for the purchase.
The highlight of the Friday dinner was a speech from Augustin Danza, Class of 2012, who serves currently as the President of the Brazil Rugby Union, one of the world’s fastest growing rugby nations.
After dinner speeches and group singing ended the Friday night affair.