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February 27, 2013

Special guests in and around Auburn: Gus Malzahn, Kendall Simmons & Josh Bynes

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@ledger-enquirer.com

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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is the guest speaker for Thursday’s banquet with the Southwest Georgia Auburn Club, sponsoring the fifth annual Cleve Wester Scholarship Dinner at the Merry Acres Event Center in Albany, Ga.

Wester was an Albany native who played tackle for the 1957 national championship and continued to support Auburn and Auburn football up until his death in 2009.

The evening raises funds for the scholarship to be bestowed in May, according to club president Hank Jester.

Former Auburn offensive tackle Kendall Simmons will speak at the Boshell Diabetes Research Day banquet Friday at The Hotel of Auburn University. The event also gathers experts on the role of obesity in diabetes.

Simmons was a two-time all-SEC first-team selection, and a 2002 NFL Draft first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with whom he won two Super Bowls.

Boshell program members may register for the daylong event for $75 and nonmembers for $125, while the evening banquet tickets with Simmons costs $35, though seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased at auburndiabetes.com.

Another former Auburn Tiger and Super Bowl champion – Josh Bynes, a freshly-minted Lombardi Trophy winner with the Ravens – will be in town this weekend. He’ll be attending baseball and men’s basketball games on Saturday, and signing autographs for fans at Kinnucan’s in TigerTown on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. CT.

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