When most people use the term “Auburn Family” they are usually referring to a group of people that are brought together to share in the Auburn experience. For the Ole Miss game this year, a group of students and their parents decided to make the “Auburn Family” term have more of a biological meaning.
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is a well-known private school in Atlanta that has a big Auburn following. Parents and students of Auburn juniors and seniors get together one game a year to plan a massive tailgate event.
“It’s always a great way to get to see our kids and watch Auburn win another game at home,” Robin Nealon, an Auburn parent said.
Parents brought everything from casseroles to veggie dips for the occasion that ended up being another huge success.
“I don’t know how we managed to finish all the food and booze, but we definitely didn’t go home hungry,” Julie Carpenter, an Auburn parent said.
There were 11 families and dozens of friends in attendance at the Auburn home of Anna Bryan, one Holy Innocents’ graduate. Some parents and students attended the game while those without tickets held down the fort at the quaint house on Toomer Street.
Every time I go to these Holy Innocents’ tailgates, it makes me wish I went to HI, but also very glad that I got to meet all these great people in college,” Hope Holland, an Auburn senior said.
When the game was over, the families enjoyed burgers, homemade desserts and posing for thousands of pictures.
“It’s kind of ridiculous when you think about how many pictures you smiled for at the end of the day, but I guess that’s what parents do,” Scott Findler, an Auburn junior said.
At the end of the day, parents went home satisfied after quality time with their kids, new friendships were made and plans for next year’s tailgate were already in the works.
“I honestly don’t know who likes the Holy Innocents’ reunion tailgates more; the parents or the students,” Trey Prescott, an Auburn junior said.