QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PARTY
SO WHAT IS THE "BACK TO UF" PARTY ALL ABOUT?
This is going to be our third party.The party was last held in 2010. The party has dual objectives. First, the
party is intended to be a fundraiser for the University of Florida
Hillel. There is more information about UF Hillel (ufhillel.org) and the fundraiser
below. Second, the party is intended to be a very BIG reunion party for
everyone that went to UF. This will be the party of the year, maybe
the century, like last time.
DID THE IDEA COME ABOUT?
The group putting the party together all went to UF in the late 70s to
the late 90s. Right in the middle of that time period, in the early to
mid 80s, one of the Directors of UF Hillel, operated several nightclubs
in Gainesville (Scandals, Echelon and Midnite). In addition, during the
holiday breaks, there were big invitation parties at popular South
Florida clubs like Faces, Studio 51, La Volcanique, Backstreet, the Forge, Club Nu
and others that essentially brought the UF South Florida population to
those club's for a night. The idea was simply to recreate those great
parties one more time. After all, they were a lot of fun then and every
25 years or so is a good time to throw another great bash. And so, the
idea was put in motion and that is why UF Hillel is putting on the "Back
to theUF" party.
WHAT IF I DID NOT GO TO UF THEN?
Everyone who went to UF, and even those who didn't, are absolutely
welcome and invited to this party. UF was recently named the number one
party school in the United States. But UF won that title several times
in the 1980s and while the football team is much better now, the parties
aren't. Find out why the group that will be at the "Back toUF"
party had more fun than anyone! There will be lots of UF alums from the 70s
through today at the party.
HILLEL IS A JEWISH ORGANIZATION, WHAT IF I AM NOT JEWISH?
This is a UF reunion party, and like our parties in the 1980s, everyone
will be there. We covered a wide demographic that crosses all ethnic,
religious and racial lines and we expect the same turn out at "Back to
the UF" party.
HOW MUCH IS IT TO GET IN?
If you pay in advance, the price is $25. Advance tickets can be
purchased by clicking here. If you pay at the door, the
price is $35. All proceeds go to UF Hillel. No one is making a profit on
WHY SHOULD I PAY IN ADVANCE?
In addition to saving $10 per ticket, it will help get you in the
door much quicker. We expect hundreds of people at this party, and
the line to get in will be a lot quicker if you prepay. Please try to
THIS IS A FUNDRAISER, SO THAT MEANS ONCE I GET INSIDE I AM GOING TO
BE CONSTANTLY HIT UP FOR DONATIONS, RIGHT??
NO!!! The whole idea behind the party is that it is going to be a PARTY.
There will be no additional solicitations inside. It is just like when
you went to a club when you were younger, you pay the cover, and then
your inside and it is just a club atmosphere. Other
than that, it is seeing old UF friends and music all night long. For
Jewish alumni, this is a very easy way to support an important part of
UF Jewish life. But even forgetting the Hillel part, this is going to be
one of the great parties of your life, at least your "adult" life, so it
will be well worth the minimal donation.
WHAT TIME IS THE PARTY?
The party starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 11:00 p.m. The club will open
to the general public so everyone at our party can just stay there and
continue to have fun until 4:00 a.m., or whenever they close.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
We really recommend getting there earlier, rather than later. If
everyone shows up at the same time, there is going to be a long line, so
try to get there at 7:00 or 7:15. There are some great restaurants
within a few feet of the club, so you can have dinner at 5:30, and then
go to the club around 7:00.
WHAT ABOUT DRINKS AND FOOD INSIDE THE CLUB?
There are drinks and it is a normal cash bar. There is no food in the
HOW DO I KNOW WHO IS GOING TO GO TO THE PARTY?
There will be a partial list on Facebook and on this website. If you
plan on attending just send us an e-mail to let us know at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will
add you to the list.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
Invite everyone you know and tell them about this website.
WHAT ABOUT UF HILLEL?
Most of us never set foot in UF Hillel when we went to school in
Gainesville. But it is different now. Hillel has a beautiful building
almost right across the street from the football stadium and the
O'Connell Center. Hillel is the
centerpiece of Jewish life at UF. It is important that we support Hillel
and this is an easy way to do it. In addition, just like Hillel is
putting together this big alumni party here in South Florida. Next year,
you are going to see Hillel become the place to gather for UF Jewish
alumni on football weekends. We have big plans and this is just the
start. For more information about UF Hillel and all of the wonderful
work that they are doing, visit