July
23

Prattville, AL – The Autauga Education Foundation (AEF), in partnership with the Autauga County Board of Education, Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Prattville Walmart, hosted a Stuff the Bus campaign during Alabama’s Tax-Free Weekend, Friday, July 21-Saturday, July 22.

The Foundation and their partners encouraged Autauga County residents and businesses to take part in collecting school supplies to provide relief to the administration, educators, and students in our community.

On Friday, the bus was located at the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce for local businesses to drop off items. The Chamber challenged local members to get out and “Stuff the Bus”. Thank you to Alabama Power, ASE Credit Union, Century 21 Southern Star’s Cathee Gipson, Copeland Security Group, First Community Bank, Gipson’s Tire Pros, Glynwood Dental, Hancock Bank, Robin and David Davies with Realty Connection, and Troy University Montgomery Campus for their commitment to education in our community.

On Saturday, the bus was relocated to the Prattville Walmart where individuals in the community, like Ms. Patricia Smith and her daughter, purchased extra supplies to contribute to our efforts. In addition, new collection partnerships were formed with First United Methodist Church of Prattville and Trinity United Methodist Church to make a greater impact in our community.

Because of this support, we were able to double our efforts from last year, distributing more items to all 14 campuses of the Autauga County School System!
Your support is an investment in our county’s schools and the future of our children.

AEF is a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources and builds community support to ensure academic excellence and strong character development in Autauga County Schools. The Foundation is a separate and independent organization that works in concert with the Autauga County School System to provide support for its goals and objectives. For more information or to make a financial contribution, please contact AEF at amy@autaugaef.org or visit us at www.autaugaef.org.

Stuff The Bus Campaign to aid Autauga County District Schools

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June
10

Prattville, AL – The Autauga Education Foundation (AEF) in partnership with the Autauga County Board of Education and the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting their Stuff the Bus project Friday, July 21-Saturday, July 22.

This project provides relief to the administration, educators, and countless families in our community. Autauga County residents and businesses are encouraged to donate school supplies and literally “stuff” the bus full of much needed items for the upcoming school year.

The bus will be located at the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce for local businesses to drop off items on Friday, July 21 from 9a.m-4p.m. On Saturday, July 22, the bus will be located at the Prattville Walmart from 8a.m.-1p.m.
We ask that you partner with us by joining in our efforts to make a greater impact!

Donated supplies will be distributed to all 14 public schools in the Autauga County District School System. Monetary donations are also welcome. For a list of needed supplies, please check out our website at www.autaugaef.org.

AEF is a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources and builds community support to ensure academic excellence and strong character development in Autauga County Schools. The Foundation is a separate and independent organization that works in concert with the Autauga County School System to provide support for its goals and objectives. For more information or to volunteer, please contact AEF at 334-312-7047 or amy@autaugaef.org.

Annual A+ Banquet A Success For Autauga County Schools

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June
9

Prattville, AL – On Thursday, June 8, 2017 over 200 community supporters gathered at the Marriott Legends Conference Center in Prattville to raise money for Autauga County District Schools. The Autauga Education Foundation (AEF) held their annual A+ Banquet with special guest speaker, Troy Trojan Head Football Coach Neal Brown.

Attendees enjoyed placing bids on various silent auction items donated by local businesses and individuals, mixing and mingling with other guests, and meeting Coach Brown prior to the event’s program. Some of the night’s favorite items up for bid were a full set of braces donated by Petrunic Orthodontics, a quail hunting excursion donated by Bear Creek Quail Hunting, and a set of Hercules Tires donated by Gipson’s Tire Pros. Favorites also included a YETI Hopper-30 donated by Alabama Power and a dinner meet & greet with Cam Newton donated by Coach Chad Anderson and the Prattville High School Athletic Department.

LifeTouch, once again, provided photos during the evening, and for VIP and sponsor level groups, a special photo with Coach Brown. The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce set the décor of the room in Trojan spirit with shakers and pennants, canvasing the room in Troy’s distinctive black, cardinal, and silver.

The event’s emcee was Mr. Jeremy Arthur, opening the evening with the “State of the Foundation”, sharing what all the organization has accomplished in the past year. He was followed by the Prattville High School ROTC and Ms. Sarah Johnson, 1st grade teacher at Daniel Pratt Elementary, with the presentation of colors and national anthem.

Before introducing their guest speaker for the night, AEF showcased the projects and programs they funded in Autauga County Schools during the 2016-2017 year. Mrs. Christen Harry, Principal at Pine Level Elementary, highlighted the projects funded at her school and the impact they have made on those students. Following the showcase, Mr. Bob Gipson, AEF Board President, announced Ms. Zanesha Rhodes of Autaugaville School as the winner of the Bill Clark Outstanding Student Achievement Scholarship presented by AEF. She received a $500 scholarship for her academic and athletic accomplishments, as well as her community involvement. The organization then paid tribute and announced the establishment of the Jimmy White Scholarship for 2018. Mr. White was a long-time supporter of AEF and a Prattville icon.

Finally, Coach Brown was introduced by Autauga County High School and Troy University graduate, Mr. Max Howell. Coach Brown shared his passion for education and how he grew up in a family of teachers, principals, and coaches. He went on to elaborate how he has instilled that passion for education in his players and encourages them to be better every day.

The AEF is a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources and builds community support to ensure academic excellence and strong character development in Autauga County Schools. The Foundation is a separate and independent organization that works in concert with the Autauga County School System to provide support for its goals and objectives. Since the Foundation’s establishment in 1995, over $350,000 has been granted to Autauga County District Schools, enhancing educational programs and student experiences throughout the county.

Special Thanks to:
Gold Sponsors: Jostens, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and Wind Creek Hospitality
Silver Sponsors: Autauga County Education Association/AEA, CBE, Inc. Gipson’s Tire Pros, International Paper, and Marbury Steel
Coach Neal Brown and Troy University
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce
Kohls Department Store
Minuteman Press
AEF Board of Directors and A+ Committee Members:
President: Robert A. Gipson
Banquet Chair: Clay McConnell
Dean Argo, Pam Frederick, Will Epperson, Ken Burton, Robby Anderson, Jeremy Arthur, Beth Baulch, Willis Bradford, Reid Cavnar, Claudia Connell, Charlann Jones, Horace Powell, Dot Sanford, Jimmy Sanford, Tracye Strichik, Spence Agee, Christine Alexander, Stacy Mills, Martin Peters, Roger Stiflemire, Patty Vanderwal, and Joy White.

Foundation Announces Speaker for Annual A+ Banquet

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March
16


Prattville, AL – The Autauga Education Foundation (AEF) is excited to announce Troy Trojan Coach Neal Brown as this year’s special guest speaker at their premier fundraising event. The Foundation’s A+ Banquet will be held Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Prattville Marriott Legends Conference Center at 6:30 p.m.

AEF is a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources and builds community support to ensure academic excellence and strong character development in Autauga County Schools. The Foundation is a separate and independent organization that works in concert with the Autauga County School System to provide support for its goals and objectives. Since the Foundation’s establishment in 1995, over $350,000 has been granted to Autauga County District Schools, enhancing educational programs and student experiences throughout the county.

“We invite individuals and businesses in the community to join us in this fundraising effort,” said Bob Gipson, AEF Board President. “Attendance and sponsorship of the A+ Banquet enables funding and community support to attract and support excellent teachers, promote outstanding student academic achievement and character development, and strengthen the region’s economic vitality and reputation,” stated Gipson.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and individual tickets are $100. For more information, please contact AEF at 334-312-7047 or amy@autaugaef.org. Tickets and Table Sponsorship can be purchased online at www.autaugaef.org.

Visit us!

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February
1

Prattville, AL – The Autauga Education Foundation (AEF) recently launched a new website designed to engage the community and to provide support for the Autauga County School System. The site, www.autaugaef.org, went live this week.

AEF is a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources and builds community support to ensure academic excellence and strong character development in Autauga County Schools. The Foundation is a separate and independent organization that works in concert with the Autauga County School System to provide assistance with achieving its goals and objectives. Since the Foundation’s establishment in 1995, over $350,000 has been granted to schools in the Autauga County System, enhancing educational programs and student experiences throughout the county.

Bob Gipson, AEF 2017 Board President, said, “Even though we have been in the community for over 20 years, many individuals and businesses have been unaware of what we do and how they can partner with us to improve the effectiveness and impact of our efforts back to the school system.”

Amy Capps, AEF Executive Director, added the following: “We want to build collaborative relationships with organizations and stakeholders to improve the effectiveness of this impact. We wanted to do that on a broader spectrum, one that has the potential to promote excellent teaching and enhance student academic achievement, leadership opportunities, and character development.”

The site is designed to promote involvement, investment, and improvement. Site visitors can view the impact of the Foundation’s grants, as well as register for and donate to events, and stay informed about ways they can partner, support, and contribute to the Autauga County School System.

The Autauga Education Foundation helps develop and provide opportunities for local governments, businesses, individuals and philanthropic foundations to become actively engaged as volunteers and investors in our county school system. For more information, please contact AEF at 334-312-7047 or autaugaef.org.

Foundation to Grant Over $32,000 to Area Schools

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January
31

Prattville, AL – The Autauga Education Foundation (AEF) will be holding a Grant Reception on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, hosted by the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Foundation has allocated over $32,000 for 23 different programs and/or projects for schools in the Autauga County School System.

AEF is a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources and builds community support to ensure academic excellence and strong character development in Autauga County Schools. The Foundation is a separate and independent organization that works in concert with the Autauga County School System to provide support for its goals and objectives. Since the Foundation’s establishment in 1995, over $350,000 has been granted to Autauga County District Schools, enhancing educational programs and student experiences throughout the county.

This past September the Foundation awarded $24,500 to 12 schools in the district. “We are so excited to increase our funding and be able to award funds twice in the same school year,” said Bob Gipson, 2017 AEF Board President. Gipson added, “The additional funds were made possible by the generosity of our community and the very teachers that dedicate so much to our students. Without support of our 2016 A+ Banquet, which is held each spring, and our Payroll Deduction Program, these funds would not be possible at this time.”

The Autauga Education Foundation helps to develop and provide opportunities for local governments, businesses, individuals and philanthropic foundations to become actively engaged as volunteers and investors in our county school system. For more information, please contact AEF at 334-312-7047 or autaugaef.org.

Foundation Awards More Than $24,000 to Autauga County Public Schools

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September
23

Prattville, AL – On Tuesday, September 13th, The Autauga Education Foundation (AEF) distributed over $24,000 to 12 Autauga County public schools. The evening was a celebration of the Foundation’s past, present, and future.

Distributed funds were raised at the Foundation’s annual A+ Banquet, which is held in the spring of each year. “Our contributions do not come from large endowments, but rather from generous individuals in our community who are concerned about the success of our county’s schools,” said Ken Burton, AEF Board President. He added, “We connect with the school system to identify the essential needs at all of our public schools, then bring community leaders, philanthropic organizations, citizens and local businesses together for a united fundraising effort.”

In conjunction with the reception, the Foundation partnered with the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the opening of their first office. The Foundation also announced the opening of their new grant application period. Any employee of the Autauga County District School System is welcome to apply. The application is available at www.acboe.net and the deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2016.

AEF is a nonprofit organization which provides sustainable resources and community support which may not otherwise be available to the Autauga County District School System. Since the Foundation’s establishment in 1995, over $300,000.00 have been granted to Autauga County District Schools, enhancing educational programs and student experiences throughout the county. For more information, please contact AEF at 334-312-7047 or amy@autaugaef.org.

August
15

Prattville, AL – The Autauga Education Foundation (AEF) in partnership with the Autauga County Board of Education, Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Prattville Walmart, hosted a Stuff the Bus campaign during Alabama’s Tax-Free Weekend, Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7.

The Foundation and their partners encouraged Autauga County residents and businesses to take part in collecting school supplies to provide relief to the administration, educators, and students in our community.

On Friday, the bus was located at the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce for local businesses to drop off items. The Chamber challenged local members to get out and “Stuff the Bus”. Pictures were taken of the business and posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page highlighting the member’s commitment to education in our community. The collection was so successful on Friday, that the Autauga County School System Transportation Department had to deliver a larger bus in anticipation for the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the big yellow bus was parked at the Prattville Walmart where shoppers could donate while out running their weekend errands. Local businesses like Marco’s Pizza and The Wharf Express donated food and drink to “thank” donors for their generosity. Buffalo Rock supplied soft drinks and water to help keep volunteers and those shoppers stopping by to drop off school supplies hydrated in the extreme heat.

Despite the heat, the community really rallied. Nearly 100 boxes were filled with donated supplies that will be distributed to all 14 public schools in the Autauga County District School System. Thank you to all who made this event a success! Your support is an investment in our county’s schools and the future of our children.

The Autauga Education Foundation helps develop and grow opportunities for our local governments, businesses, individuals and philanthropic foundations to become actively engaged as volunteers and/or investors for our county school system by implementing and uniting fundraising efforts. For more information, please contact AEF at 334-312-7047 or amy@autaugaef.org.

July
25

Prattville, AL – On Thursday, June 23, 2016 over 300 community supporters gathered at the Marriott Legends Conference Center in Prattville to raise money for Autauga County’s public schools. The Autauga Education Foundation (AEF) held their annual A+ Banquet with special guest speaker, UAB Head Football Coach, Bill Clark.

Clark coached at Prattville High School from 1999-2008, leading the Lions to two back-to-back Alabama State High School Athletic Association state championships for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In 2014 Clark was hired as head coach at UAB and will lead the Blazers out of the tunnel for their return to the football field on September 2, 2017.

For the past 11 years, the Foundation’s A+ Banquet has become a favorite amongst contributors in the area. Through the success of the Banquet, proceeds in excess of $300,000.00 have been granted to enhance academic programs and student educational experiences throughout Autauga County. This year’s event continued to be a success. Attendees socialized during the VIP Reception where they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a meet and greet with Coach Clark. LifeTouch provided a photo station for VIP guests to have their picture taken with the coach. Guests and VIPs mingled through the conference center’s lobby placing bids on various silent auction items donated by local businesses and individuals. Some of the night’s favorites were a full set of braces donated by Petrunic Orthodontics, a Tundra-35 YETI cooler donated by Alabama Power, and a set of Hercules Tires donated by Gipsons Tire Pros. Favorites also included 4 rounds of golf donated by RTJ at Capitol Hill and a Catered Wine Dinner donated by AEF Board Members Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Sanford, Sugar B’s Catering, and Queen Meats & Wine.

As the doors opened for dinner, guests and sponsors located their tables while making their way through the elegantly decorated room. The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce created a vision of green and gold, paying tribute to Coach Clark’s Blazers. Beautiful floral centerpieces adorned each table, which were illuminated by tiny tea lights.

Before introducing their guest speaker for the night, the Autauga Education Foundation revealed their new logo and announced the winner of their recent logo contest. Marbury High School student, Ms. Cherish Womack, was recognized for her creativity in designing the Foundation’s logo. She was also presented with a $500 scholarship. Amy Capps, AEF Program Manager, then called upon guests to invest in the County’s public schools and our children’s future by joining the Foundation’s Membership program. AEF Board Member, Dean Argo then introduced Coach Clark. Clark spoke of his coaching career thus far and shared his coaching philosophy. “We are a family. We are there for each other and that’s first and foremost”, said Clark.

This year’s Banquet raised roughly $45,000! As the 14th largest school system in the State of Alabama, it is unfortunately one of the lowest funded. The Foundation’s vision is to enhance educational opportunities for the benefit of the community in Autauga County. Founded in 1995, AEF is a nonprofit organization whose fundraising efforts provide sustainable resources and community support which may not otherwise be available to the Autauga County District School System.

Special Thanks to:
Presenting Sponsor Wind Creek Hospitality
Gold Sponsors Jostens and Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Silver Sponsor International Paper
Bill and Jennifer Clark
AEF Board of Directors and A+ Committee Members:
President: Kenneth B. Burton
Banquet Chair: Clay McConnell
Spence Agee, Christine Alexander, Robby Anderson, Dean R. Argo, Jeremy Arthur, Willis Bradford, Reid Cavnar, Pam Frederick, Robert A. Gipson, Stacy Mills, Martin Peters, Horace Powell, Dot Sanford, Jimmy Sanford, Patty Vanderwal, and Joy White