Dust off your dancing boots, because the 14th annual Blue Jean Ball benefitting Auburn University and Auburn Montgomery’s Schools of Nursing will return to Coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks Hunting Lodge in Notasulga on Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. After hosting 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.
“We are excited to be back at Coach Dye’s home for the 14th annual Blue Jean Ball,” said Gregg Newschwander, dean of the AU and AUM 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.”
Since 2001, the Blue Jean Ball has entertained hundreds of faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters of AU and AUM’s nursing programs. Net proceeds from the event support scholarships, programs and initiatives benefitting the schools’ students and faculty.
The evening will kick off with a silent auction while Jay Hughes performs country music from the front porch of the lodge and nursing students serve samples of Conecuh Sausage hot off the grill. Birds of prey from the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Southeastern Raptor Center and university mascots Aubie and Curtiss will make appearances for photo opportunities.
Dinner will feature barbeque with baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad and dessert. Blue Denim will provide musical entertainment during dinner and for dancing well into the night. Tours of Dye’s home will be available, followed by a live auction emceed by Dye and Auburn men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Former NFL player and Montgomery native Jeno James is also scheduled to be in attendance.
Individual tickets are available for $125. Sponsorships start at $1,200 for a table of eight guests. Reservations must be made in advance. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.auburn.edu/academic/nursing/bluejeanball or contact Stephanie Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-844-7390.