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Not even the sky is the limit on Auburn's Tiger Giving Day, Feb. 23

Projects to send a robot to the moon, restore a classic plane and more
Published: February 16, 2022
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The 2022 lineup for Auburn University’s Tiger Giving Day includes a record-breaking 50 projects, ranging from an initiative to launch a robot into space to one using drones to teach STEM to students in the Black Belt Region.

The Feb. 23 fundraising event will unite compelling campus and community needs like these with the generosity of students, faculty, alumni and community members. For 24 hours, the Auburn Family can support a variety of campus-wide projects and see the impact of their gifts through real-time updates on TigerGiving.org

One of the most anticipated projects in this year’s event is the School of Aviation’s restoration of a classic airplane. Auburn Aviation plans to refurbish the aircraft so it can join the rest of the fleet and serve as an ambassador for the program.

“Several years ago, a 1945 Ercoupe was donated to Auburn Aviation, and we want to transform this ‘Model T of the Skies’ into the ‘Spirit’ of Auburn Aviation,” said Daphne Walker, Aviation engagement coordinator. “Support on Tiger Giving Day will help us get this aircraft back in the skies.”

Grassroots, student-led initiatives are the heart of Tiger Giving Day, connecting practical projects with donors who otherwise might not know about funding needs like those of Auburn’s nationally recognized student-run bass fishing team. Auburn’s student anglers have made great strides in the sport in recent years and will make their Tiger Giving Day debut with a project to help them find even greater success in the future.

“Our project will help fund our historic season,” said ​Carson Maddux, junior management major and bass fishing team president. “We need the Auburn Family's support so that we can solidify ourselves as the top team in the nation, ensuring the bass fishing club is around for the long haul and future students can gain as much from the club as I have.”

Tiger Giving Day favorites including the wheelchair basketball team, the Gene Machine, Campus Kitchens, Canine Performance Sciences, Auburn’s student veterans and the Southeastern Raptor Center will be part of this year’s event. But new initiatives like one to mitigate costs of emergency pet care are expected to resonate with the Auburn Family. 

“For many of us, our pets are family,” said Abbi Gardner, College of Veterinary Medicine communications specialist and a project coordinator for the pet care emergency fund initiative. “Support for our Tiger Giving Day project will help alleviate some of the financial stress that pet owners experience when their pets are in an emergency situation. When your pet is in critical condition the last thing you want to do is decide whether you are able to afford the life-saving care that they need or not.”

Other projects in this year’s giving day include preserving the historic Rosenwald Schools, built by Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald; bringing the Model United Nations to campus; renovating the Donald E. Davis Arboretum Pollinator Meadow; providing hearing healthcare to the Black Belt; sharing the Auburn experience with high school seniors; expanding the Libraries’ e-books collections; and renovating the Bee Lab, among others.

Since 2015, Tiger Giving Day donors have funded hundreds of projects for the university, benefiting its students, faculty and nearby communities. Each Tiger Giving Day project is unique, but they all depend on support from the Auburn Family. Donors can give to as many projects as they choose before 11:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 23 through TigerGiving.org. The official hashtag for the event is #TigerGivingDay.

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