Auburn, Auburn Montgomery’s Blue Jean Ball returns to Coach Dye’s home

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Blue Jean Ball, the annual fundraiser for the Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery Schools of Nursing, returns to Coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks Hunting Lodge in Notasulga, Alabama, Sept. 26.

After holding an urban-themed extravaganza on the AUM campus last year, the schools have planned a return to its original locale, the rustic confines of Dye’s property. Since its inception in 2001, the Blue Jean Ball has attracted hundreds of friends, faculty and students each year, and benefits students, faculty and programming initiatives in the Schools of Nursing.

“We are excited to be back at Coach Dye’s home for the 14th annual Blue Jean Ball,” said Gregg Newschwander, dean of the Auburn and Auburn Montgomery Schools of Nursing. “The Blue Jean Ball is our largest annual fundraiser and continues to draw a great crowd devoted to supporting our Schools of Nursing. We hope this year’s party will be better than ever.”

Starting at 5 p.m., the silent auction will be open for bids, Jay Hughes will play country music from the front porch of the lodge and nursing students will serve Conecuh Sausage hot off the grill.

Birds of prey from the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Southeastern Raptor Center, Auburn’s beloved Tiger mascot Aubie and AUM’s Warhawk mascot, Curtiss, all are scheduled to make appearances for photo opportunities.

Blue Denim will provide musical entertainment during dinner and for dancing well into the night. Guests are encouraged to don their favorite Western wear. Dinner will feature barbeque with baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad and dessert.

Tours of Dye’s home will be available for two hours, followed by the live auction emceed by Dye and Auburn men’s basketball coach, Bruce Pearl.

Individual tickets are available for $125. Sponsorships start at $1,200 for a table for eight guests. Reservations must be made in advance. For more information or to order tickets, go to or contact Stephanie Wood at or (334) 844-7390.

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