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Alabama A&M University Homecoming sets attendance and fundraising records

HUNTSVILLE – A weeklong slate of events for Alabama A&M University’s homecoming was capped off with a triumphant win and a fundraising record Saturday.  

The Bulldogs thumped previously undefeated Tuskegee 58-3 in front of the largest crowd in Louis Crews Stadium history. Meanwhile, university officials also announced AAMU set a homecoming fundraising record of more than $1.4 million.  

A record crowd of 26,391 turned out while the fundraising total doubled the amount of last year’s Homecoming.  

“This milestone is extremely important and exciting for the University,” said Jamal Ali, vice president of Marketing, Communications and Advancement. “This demonstrates the love and care Alabama A&M alumni and friends have for the university and its students.

“It shows our community believes in the path for growth that has been set by our president (Dr. Daniel Wims) and administration.”

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle was also in attendance and called it a beautiful day to celebrate homecoming at Alabama A&M University. 

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (Facebook, 256 Today)

“It was great being on the Hill with so many friends, cheering on the Bulldogs,” Battle wrote on Facebook.

The university credited “enthusiasm” far beyond the excitement of the Bulldogs victory for the fundraising achievement.  

“Class reunions set the pace as AAMU raised more than $1.25 million in support of scholarships and initiatives. Gifts from AAMU class reunions totaled more than $700,000, the university said.

“Homecoming corporate donors included Alabama Power, Turner Construction, Regions, ServisFirst Bank, Deloitte, Ford, and BET. Additionally, the 150th Anniversary Committee, the Delta Gamma chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the Marching Maroon & White Band Boosters, James Powell, and Prince Hall Masons all presented checks to the university.”

Alabama A&M University is Alabama’as largest Historically Black College and University. The university is home to 6,100 students, including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral candidates.

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