AUDM raises over $273,000 for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital
Auburn University Dance Marathon, or AUDM, is a year-long initiative that raises money and awareness for patients at the Children’s Hospital at Piedmont Columbus Regional in Columbus, Georgia. At AUDM’s Main Event on Saturday, Feb. 12, it was announced $273,328.22 was raised.
Throughout the year’s fundraising efforts, all efforts lead up to the annual end of year celebration, Main Event, which is the final fundraising push of the year.
During Main Event, students stay on their feet for 12 hours raising money and awareness for their Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. This event is a non-stop party that includes performances, activities and dancing alongside staff, participants and miracle families. At the end of the night, AUDM reveals their final total for the year.
“Main event is always my favorite day of the year,” Director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Caroline Soule said. “This year was extra special because we were back in person and got to celebrate our year of hard work all together. Getting to play with the miracle families all day and hear their miracle stories reminds me why I love this organization so much.”
Funds are raised by students through Facebook fundraisers, direct solicited donations and local and corporate sponsorships.
In AUDM’s 11th year, students have raised over $3.6 million to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Welcome Week, hosted by the University Program Council, is Auburn University’s official welcome to new and returning students each fall and spring. Free events are held Jan. 8-17, providing students with programming, entertainment and information. Welcome Week is packed with a variety of activities across campus, sponsored by different organizations and departments. Signature events for spring include Casino Night, UPC Films, War Eagle Watch Party and more.
Download the Welcome Week Guide in the Auburn Guides app, available on the App Store and Google Play, for a full schedule of events, times and locations.
Auburn University students will benefit from an enhanced partnership with Delta Air Lines to create more leadership opportunities and initiatives through Emerge at Auburn, a campus organization within Student Involvement. A recent gift from the airline extends Delta’s support for Emerge at Auburn, the umbrella organization for student leadership programs, for a third year through the “Speaker Series presented by Delta Air Lines.”
The Emerge at Auburn Speaker Series presented by Delta Air Lines has featured such prestigious keynote speakers and industry leaders including ESPN college football analyst and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, attorney and activist Jordyne Blaise, and Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim-American to compete at the Olympics wearing a hijab.
“We are proud to deepen our relationship with Auburn University through the Emerge at Auburn program,” said Stephanie Asbury, Delta’s vice president of human resources business partners and global talent management. “It’s unique partnerships like these that allow our talent pipeline to extend beyond the Delta family and into our communities: removing barriers, providing resources and developing our leaders of the future.”
“Delta’s significant investment in Emerge at Auburn as well as numerous other programs at Auburn University demonstrates their extraordinary commitment to the development of Auburn’s students,” added Jane DiFolco Parker, vice president for development and president of the Auburn University Foundation.
Through its meaningful leadership development opportunities, Emerge at Auburn guides students as they become successful, ethical and effective leaders. To date, more than 3,100 students have participated in Emerge’s programs and initiatives.
In the upcoming year, the partnership will focus on providing students the opportunity to learn more about careers at Delta and how their participation in Emerge can prepare them for the workforce.
The partnership contains several new components including Backstage Pass, a networking mixer with Emerge at Auburn students and representatives from various Delta career fields. Also, Elevate Studio, a career development workshop open to all students, will take place in the spring.
A kickoff event each fall and spring semester features a prestigious keynote speaker to motivate and inspire students. At the 2019 fall kickoff, Billy Boughey, former baseball player with Auburn and the Philadelphia Phillies, spoke to students about achieving their personal and professional aspirations.
Delta also has created an Emerging Leader Award to recognize an outstanding Emerge at Auburn participant each year. The recipient of the Delta Emerging Leader Award is recognized at Student Involvement’s annual Involvement Awards and receives a round-trip domestic flight from Delta to anywhere in the continental United States.
In 2017, Delta, The Delta Air Lines Foundation, and the Jacobson Family Foundation committed a combined $6.2 million to support various university programs, including Emerge at Auburn.
“Our partnership with Delta Air Lines has helped take Emerge at Auburn to heights we never imagined in its first few years,” said Bobby Woodard, Auburn University’s senior vice president for student affairs. “The company’s ongoing support will help us continue to create the leaders of tomorrow.”
To learn more about Emerge at Auburn, visit aub.ie/emerge.