Auburn, Auburn Montgomery nursing fundraiser at Coach Pat Dye’s home for last time

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The 12th annual Blue Jean Ball, a fundraiser for the Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery Schools of Nursing, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5, at the Crooked Oaks Hunting Lodge in Notasulga, Ala.

The Schools of Nursing will bid “Happy Trails” to Coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks Hunting Lodge in 2012 as this will be the final time it will be used to hold the fundraiser. Since 2001, the Blue Jean Ball has welcomed hundreds of friends, faculty and students each year to Dye’s properties, and has provided more than 350 nursing students from Auburn and Auburn Montgomery with a Blue Jean Ball Scholarship.

Net proceeds from the 12th Blue Jean Ball will benefit current and future students with scholarships, provide support for faculty and assist with programming initiatives in the Schools of Nursing.

This year’s festivities begin at 5 p.m., with mule-drawn wagon rides and tours of Dye’s home. Jay Hughes will play traditional and modern country music from the front porch of Crooked Oaks; bidding on silent auction items will be under way; and nursing students will serve Conecuh Sausage from Evergreen, Ala., hot off the grill. Curtiss, Auburn Montgomery’s Warhawk mascot, and Aubie, Auburn’s beloved Tiger mascot, will be at the party for a limited time for photo opportunities.

At 6 p.m., birds of prey from the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Southeastern Raptor Center will be on hand for photographs.

A seafood dinner donated by the Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, as well as barbeque with baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad and dessert will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. Dinner music will be provided by Kidd Blue.

Dye and Randy Campbell will take the stage at 8 p.m. to conduct the live auction. Kidd Blue will provide the music for dancing well into the night.

For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Shelley Grider, 334-844-6753 or

(Written by Amy Weaver.)

Contacts: Shelley Grider, School of Nursing, (334) 844-6753 (, or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (