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Alabama's richest person donates $12 million to Auburn for culinary science center

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Apr 18 2017 1:23 AM

Alabama's richest person Jimmy Rane has committed $12 million to Auburn University that will be used to create a new culinary science center. 


Rane is the founder of the lumber business Great Southern Wood Abbeville. Rane is best known as the "Yella Fella" in his popular advertisements.


The Auburn Board of Trustees - of which Rane is a member - approved the naming of the facility of at its April 7 meeting as the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center in honor of Rane's parents.  


The  new center will be adjacent to the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. It will have a restaurant, teaching and demonstration kitchens, a "beverage appreciation center" a terrace and rooftop event space, and a spa. It'll also have board rooms, hotel rooms, suites and apartments. 


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