Auburn Donors Continue Generous Legacy

December 05, 2018 | Stephanie Case

When Nadia Diaz was a freshman at Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA), she heard about the Committee of 100 that funds special academic projects.

“I saw joining as an opportunity for me to learn what goes on within the committee,” says Diaz, who is now a sophomore in college. “It was a chance for me to advocate for the classes that may not have extra funding, like the art classes.”

The Committee of 100 began 25 years ago as a giving society with a handful of donors who each contributed $500 annual membership dues. Since then, the Committee of 100 has funded $1 million worth of academic improvements and now represents 120 giving households.

“The generosity of this group has ripple effects across this campus,” notes Peter Fackenthall, AAA principal.

“As the generosity and support of AAA grew, we saw a need to update our name to Committee of 200,” says Jay Coon, AAA vice principal for growth and development. “We have designated committee members who will be finalizing the name, updating the constitution and bylaws, and nurturing membership.”

The committee met for a brunch business meeting on Oct. 14, 2018, during which they raised $110,000 for additional science and lab equipment, technology improvements, safety upgrades, student residential support, and more.

 “People want to give back to Auburn,” says Brandon Richards, growth and development representative. “It’s really awesome to see how God is working within our community to support our students and staff.”

Stephanie Case, AAA media literacy student