It’s come to be not just about homecoming.

“This brings light to the community. There have been so many tragedies” in recent years, said Mary Frank, of Donaldsonville, class of 1983, referring to a number of homicides that shattered the town last year and early this year.

“This is uplifting it, building it (the community) up. Everybody is so involved,” Frank said of the new focus by alumni on their alma mater.