On April 5-6 we will be raising money for Auburn's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Quail Hollow Gardens that I hope you will consider attending.
Friday's events will include an expo pre-show, tours of my home and Japanese maple gardens, live and silent auctions, demonstrations from AU's EcoDogs and the Southeastern Raptor Center, fresh seafood straight from the Gulf, live music and dancing. The expo pre-show and silent auction begin at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m, a live auction at 8:30 p.m. and dancing until 11:30 p.m.
On Saturday there will be live music, food vendors, tours of the Japanese maple gardens, giveaways and an outdoor education station with horticulture experts. There will also be an outdoor expo featuring businesses specializing in hunting, fishing, outdoor apparel and equipment, forestry and timber, wildlife and soil preservation, horticulture plus landscaping and more.
When I retired from coaching I wanted to do something for Auburn's academics. Through my relationship with Dr. Nancy McDonald, who has been my life partner for the last 14 or 15 years, it was a natural thing to do a benefit for the school of nursing. She taught nursing for 25 years and was assistant dean in the school of nursing for three or four years.
There was a tremendous need for nurses and nursing faculty all across the country so we had the Blue Jean Ball for 12 years to support the program. A lot of deserving students benefitted from the contributions of many Auburn people and businesses who supported the event.
I hope the people who supported Auburn's nursing program will continue to do so, but the event ran its course and I wanted to switch and do something for another part of the university. Having a fundraiser to benefit Auburn's wildlife and forestry programs was a natural fit for me since a strong interest in my life has been developing land, forestry and wildlife.
If you don't already have an invitation it is open to the public and we would love for you to join us. It will be a fun, fun event with a lot different activities starting on Friday.
The big thing is the money is going to the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, an outstanding program that has a major impact on two of the most important parts of our economy in the state of Alabama. Forestry related products have to be right at the top of the list of the largest industries in the state and wildlife management, with the state being a major area for hunting and fishing, has a big impact on our economy, too.
The money we raise will go to deserving students for scholarships and to give Auburn the ability to have the best people possible teach those students as well as do research. I am really excited about the good we can do with the event and I am sure you will have a good time if you join us.
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Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.