Hello, I wanted to get some feedback, opinions, and observations from different work places and how they handle retirement parties. Three people from my school are retiring this year. We have had retirements in the past, and what we've always done is thrown a party at the school, pot luck, and we collected money (people gave whatever they were comfortable with) and we used the money to buy a gift card for the person. Now over the years I had seen other retirement announcements in the school board where people were invited to a party and asked to pay an amount of money to attend the party (usually $30 or $35), with the option of paying $10 only towards the gift if you could not or did not want to attend the actual party. I never thought much of this because our school never did that - until this year. So if you wanted to attend all three parties, it would cost over $100 which is a lot for some people. I did some internet research and read an article which said Obviously this is just the author's opinion, but I'm wondering what is common practice in other work places? For the record two of the parties are going to be taking place in our school gym, and the other at a nearby recreation center. I wonder if they are actually going to screen people at the door and only let those people in who paid. Thanks!