Williamsburg, Va. – The College of William and Mary’s Athletics Department fundraising arm, the Tribe Club, raised more than $400,000 during its premier auction event of the year, the Lord Botetourt Affair, held recently in the Alan B. Miller Gymnasium at William and Mary Recreation Center.
The Lord Botetourt Affair celebrated its 25th Anniversary in style, as the total amount raised ($401,688) more than doubled the previous record (of $175,000 set in 2012).
“This was truly a special night for the William and Mary Athletics Family,” said Bobby Dwyer, the longtime director of the Tribe Club. “Our volunteer chairs, Barbara Ramsey and Nancy Matthews, did an incredible job of making it an evening to remember. They wanted to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the event in style and worked exceptionally hard to engage our community. The results speak for themselves. We raised a fantastic amount towards supporting our mission of providing William and Mary student-athletes with the necessary funding to have the best possible experience during their athletic careers.”
As has become a tradition with the event, guests were encouraged to enjoy the evening in black-tie attire and sneakers. Over 100 items were donated as part of the live and silent auctions, while nearly $220,000 was raised in separate sponsorships, including 20 Silver Star sponsors at $10,000 a piece.
In all, over 350 guests participated in the fun, assisted by over 40 student volunteers who did everything from providing shuttle service to giving personal assistance to individual bidders. Including this year, the Lord Botetourt event has now been a complete sell out for more than a decade.
All proceeds from the Botetourt Affair go directly to the Tribe Club. Since the William and Mary Athletics Department receives no state funding, the Tribe depends on its many alumni, friends and corporate partners to provide our student-athletes with a first-class athletics experience.