Even when we went to Norway, 165 Americans met 180 Norwegian family at the family farm.
Three wealthy family benefactors contribute sponsor-level donations every reunion. The sponsors pay extra for activities and receive special recognition and a golf shirt to identify them. We charge only a minimal amount for the actual reunion that way.
We sing Norwegian songs at the banquet on Saturday night, and we have a large spread of pictures from past reunions. We always hand out a survey at the end of a reunion asking for preferences, dislikes and ideas, and asking for volunteers. We track down a “head of a branch” of the family to keep us up-to-date.