Last night, Kate and I had the honor of attending the 3rd Annual Scholarship Dinner in honor of Cleve Wester, sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Auburn Club. I am so proud that a club has taken the initiative to not only put on an AUsome event, but has chosen to honor a true Auburn Man.
Cleve was a starter on the 1957 National Championship team under Coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan. He was one of the primary people who campaigned for Dye's hiring as Auburn's coach, and the result was Dye leading the Tigers to four Southeastern Conference championships and a No. 1 national ranking during the 1985 season.
The guest speakers for the event were Auburn University Assistant Head Coach & Wide Receivers Coach Trooper Taylor and also Wes Byrum, the former kicker for Auburn's 2011 National Championship Team. Both of these men talked about the Auburn spirit that was instilled in them to be champions, to be a family. It was these values that Cleve believed in and set an example for the athletes and the spectators to to live out in their lives.
On Friday, there is a dove hunt that takes place to contribute to the scholarship fund. Typically, the Southwest Georgia Club raises around $25,000 for their memorial scholarship. We hope that each year that number will continue to grow, and that Cleve's legacy will live on!
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