Major Gifts

Talon Society

The eagle has become the living symbol of Auburn University's spirit and pursuit of excellence. Bald eagles have wingspans of up to eight feet. They have been recorded at 44 miles per hour at level flight and can approach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour when plunging toward their prey.

Yet the eagle's real power comes from its talons. An eagle's talons can clutch its prey with up to 1,000 pounds of pressure per square inch in each foot — while in flight.

Without its talon, the eagle could not survive. The same can be said of the members of the Talon Society.

The Talon Society was created to recognize donors who have contributed at least $500,000 to Auburn Athletics in outright gifts, outside of ticket priority. This prestigious society includes 56 members who have given a total of approximately $35 million to Auburn Athletics. Nine of those members have given at least $500,000 separately to both athletics and academics.

Talon Society Members
Anonymous
(Auburn, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Oliver D. Kingsley, Jr.
(Birmingham, Ala.)
Anonymous
(Atlanta, Ga.)
Mr. & Mrs. Gaines Lanier
(West Point, Ga.)
Anonymous
(Atlanta, Ga.)
Mr. & Mrs. James C. Lee III
(Birmingham, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Anderson
(Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Jonathan B. Lovelace*
(Montecito, Calif.)
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Andre
(Indianlantic, Fla.)
Mr. & Mrs. James K. Lowder
(Montgomery, Ala.)
Mr. Charles Barkley
(Leeds, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Lowder
(Montgomery, Ala.)
Meredith Birchfield
(Auburn, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Joe T. Malugen
(Dothan, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Black
(Birmingham, Ala.)
May, LLC
(Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Blackwell Family, LLC
(Birmingham, Ala.)
Dr. & Mrs. Michael B. McCartney
(Gadsden, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Bodine
(Alexander City, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Milton E. McGregor
(Mongtomery, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Bennie M. Bray
(Dallas, Texas)
Mr. & Mrs. Earlon C. McWhorter
(Anniston, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Tillis M. Brett
(Saraland, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Montgomery
(Birmingham, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Broadway
(Huntsville, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. William B. Morton, Jr.
(Birmingham, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. John R. Brock
(Spanish Fort, Ala.)
Mr. Tony Nelson
(Birmingham, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. David W. Brooks, III
(Dadeville, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. William H. Nelson III
(Birmingham, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. James H. Carroll, Jr.
(Tampa, Fla.)
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Neville
(Virgin Islands)
Mr. & Mrs. Jack T. Cliff, Sr.
(Madison, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. James T. Pursell, Sr.
(Sylacauga, Ala.)
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Cox
(Mobile, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. M. Clark Sahlie
(Montgomery, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Dunkin
(Birmingham, Ala.)
The Charles Schilleci Family
(Birmingham, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Dupree
(Dothan, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Todd A. Schuster
(Columbus, Ga.)
Mr. Randall Ferguson
(Union Grove, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Michael W. Slocumb
(Auburn, Ala.)
Mr. Billy Harbert
(Birmingham, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. James L. Starr
(Auburn, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. C. Stanford Harrell
(Tampa, Fla.)
Mr. & Mrs. F. Steve Taylor
(Columbus, Ga.)
Mr. & Mrs. David Herrick
(Montgomery, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Lou Tolar
(Ecletic, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Hooks
(Auburn, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. John H. Watson
(Dothan, Ala.)
Mr. & Mrs. Coolidge W. Isbell
(Geraldine, Ala.)
Warren Memorial
(Huntsville, Ala.)
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Jolly
(Duluth, Ga.)
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Stephen Wright
(Columbus, Ga.)
Mr. & Mrs. Jack B. Key, Jr.
(Birmingham, Ala.)
Catherine K. Lowder*
(Montgomery, Ala.)
  Sloan Y. Bashinsky*
(Birmingham, Ala.)

* These members were inducted posthumously.


Heisman Society

John W. Heisman was a coach and player in the early years of college football and is the namesake for the sport's most prestigious award. Heisman was Auburn's head coach from 1895-1899 and Auburn still remains the only school where Heisman coached to have a Heisman Trophy winner. Only four schools have had more Heisman Trophy honorees than Auburn - Pat Sullivan (1971), Bo Jackson (1985), Cam Newton (2010).

Members of the Heisman Society have donated $250,000 or more outright and outside of any ticket contributions. Only 30 donors make up this elite society and the benefits include cocktail events before home games and All-American Society events. Members are invited to all athletic facility dedications, receive an annual recognition gift and their names are published in the Tiger Roar magazine, football game programs and on the video board.


Shug Jordan Society

The winningest coach in Auburn football history, Shug Jordan dedicated four decades to the University as both a player and coach. In his 25 years at the helm of the Auburn Tigers, Jordan posted 175 wins and the 1957 National Championship. His name is synonomous with loyalty, tradition and excellence.

To reach the Shug Jordan Society level, donors must have contributed $100,000 or more outright and above any ticket priority giving. This group includes only 107 members who have exclusive access to Auburn events. The benefits for this level include cocktail events before home games and All-American Society events, invitations to all facility dedications, annual gifts and recognition in the Tiger Roar magazine, the football game programs and the video board.


The All-American Society

This exclusive group of Auburn Athletic donors, currently consisting of approximately 540 families, has given/pledged over $80 million since 2000. These individuals have truly gone the extra mile in support of the Tigers.

The All-American Society is made up of individuals/families who have made major gifts, in addition to ticket priority, to Auburn Athletics. These gifts may be unrestricted or designated to benefit a specific sport.

It is no coincidence that in recent years Auburn has been recognized among the nation's elite, ranking ahead of Alabama, Florida State, and Notre Dame, in the Sears Cup competition, which recognizes the success of an athletic department's overall program. It is also no coincidence that during this same time, Auburn's student-athletes graduated at a higher rate than the general student body.

All-American Society members are recognized in our game programs and are invited to an exclusive black tie gala with our coaching staff and athletic administration.