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2015 Lord Botetourt Affair
Updated: Monday 01/30/2013 (ET)
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Lord Botetourt Affair Raises over $340,000 for Tribe Athletics

Williamsburg, Va.  – The College of William and Mary’s Athletics Department fundraising arm, the Tribe Club, raised more than $340,000 during its premier auction event of the year, the Lord Botetourt Affair, held recently at Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg.

“It was an inspiring evening of fun and fellowship for the entire William and Mary Athletics Family,” said Bobby Dwyer, the longtime director of the Tribe Club.  “Our volunteer chairs, Barbara Ramsey and Nancy Matthews, once again did an incredible job of making it an evening to remember.  The past two events have been remarkable in nearly every sense of the word.  The money we have raised will all go directly 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.”

The last two renditions of the event have combined to raise more than $741,000 for the athletics department, as last year’s event (a celebration of its 25th Anniversary) netted over $401,000.  Prior to the last two years, the previous high had been $175,000 (set in 2012).

“It has been said that private support gives our College its competitive advantage, and that certainly speaks true for Tribe athletics,” Matthews commented.  “For 26 years, the Lord Botetourt Affair has provided an opportunity to raise revenue that supplies scholarships for student-athletes, compensation for coaches, and upgrades for aging facilities.  Without the generosity of the many sponsors, donors, and attendees to the LBA, we would be unable to field such highly competitive teams.  Our funds are truly essential for excellence!” 

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.

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.


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