Auburn Committee of 100 Covers Special Projects

November 21, 2017 | Mickey Demma

More than $125,000 was donated to Auburn Adventist Academy’s nonbudgeted projects during a business brunch on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, thanks to the Committee of 100.

The Committee of 100 began in 1993 to provide funding for special projects for Auburn Adventist Academy. Members pledge a minimum of $500 per year and hold the right to vote on collective fund distribution. This year’s attendance of more than 100 reached an all-time high for the committee's nearly 25 years of existence.

During its history, the Committee of 100 has contributed more than $1 million in donations to Auburn Adventist Academy to help enhance student learning.

"There's a lot of support for Auburn Adventist Academy here," says Jay Coon, Auburn Adventist Academy’s vice principal of growth and development. There were only eight members last year, and the active involvement of additional donors is reenergizing this fundraising group.

Committee chairman Jeff Keating guided donors through a list of teacher-requested projects that required funding above and beyond normal budget allowances. Members then formally voted on how they wished to delegate the collective pool of funds specifically set for special projects. Projects funded included industrial tools, educational devices, athletic gear, needed technology and more.

Among the educational needs of the academy were also scholarship updates on Hearts of Gold, Sponsor a Dream, SEEKToday and student aid.

"I appreciate the spirit of accommodation,” says Keating.