Chizik, Malzahn highlight Women’s Philanthropy Board fall luncheon

AUBURN – The Women’s Philanthropy Board, in Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences, will host its 2011 fall luncheon on Friday, Oct. 14 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, with featured speakers, Jonna Chizik and Kristi Malzahn.

Besides both being married to Auburn football coaches, Jonna Chizik and Kristi Malzahn share a similar giving spirit and a passion to serve others, especially children. Wherever their husbands Gene Chizik and Gus Malzahn were coaching, Jonna Chizik and Kristi Malzahn found opportunities for philanthropy through volunteerism.

The theme for the Women’s Philanthropy Board Fall Luncheon will be “All In – Advancing Philanthropy.” The event will begin at noon with the ballroom doors opening at 11:45 a.m.

Jonna and Gene Chizik formed the Chizik Family YouTurn foundation in the spring of 2011 as a way to partner with nonprofit organizations in Alabama that assist young people in making positive life choices. Proceeds from sales of Gene Chizik’s book, “All In: What It Takes To Be The Best,” are currently used to help fund the foundation.

A native of Roswell, N.M., Jonna Chizik graduated from Clearwater, Fla., High School before earning degrees from Florida State and Stephen F. Austin University. Her heart for children led to degrees in early childhood development and elementary education. She taught elementary school for three years before leaving to raise her family.

The Chiziks have twin daughters, Kennedy and Landry, 13, and a son, Cally, 11. Kylie and Kenzie Malzahn currently attend Auburn University.

Kristi Malzahn is a Houston native who grew up in Fort Smith, Ark., where she met Gus Malzahn at Southside High School. She attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark., where Gus played football. Since arriving on the Plains, Kristi Malzahn has been involved with the college ministry at First Baptist Church in Opelika, the leadership of Community Bible Study, the Auburn University Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Chizik Family YouTurn Foundation.

Women’s Philanthropy Board’s corporate partners and grantors, the Alabama Power Company, Kiplinger, The Dubberly Group – Merrill Lynch, Moore Wealth Management, Wilson, Price, Barranco, Blankenship & Billingsley, P.C., Charlotte Gaston Interiors, Gallery One Fine Art Inc., The Hotel at Auburn University, Auburn University Outreach, The Flower Store, Sykel Enterprises, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County, and Community Service Grants from Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard have helped underwrite the event.

Registration for the luncheon is $55. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $550. A sale of Gene Chizik’s book will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Seating is limited and early registration by Oct. 5 is recommended. Registration can be completed online at, or by contacting the WPB Office at (334) 844-3524 or Make checks payable to the Auburn University WPB for the Fall Luncheon and mail to: AU College of Human Sciences, Women’s Philanthropy Board, 210 Spidle Hall, Auburn, AL 36849.

(Written by Amy Weaver)

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