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Lord Botetourt Auction Raises $170,000 for Tribe Club
Updated: Wednesday 02/09/2013 (ET)
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The theme of "Green and Gold" and a combination of tuxedos and sneakers made for a great evening of fun and fundraising for the William and Mary Athletics Department, as its annual premier event The Lord Botetourt Auction raised over $170,000 for the Tribe Club on Friday evening.

The event was hosted in the spectacular setting of William and Mary's Mason School of Business' Miller Hall and was sold-out for the ninth time in the last 10 years, with over 350 friends, family and alumni of the athletics program in attendance.

The total was near the event record ($172,000 set last year), with all proceeds going towards the Tribe's Athletics programs, which receive no state funding.

Auction chairs Lauris Zeni and Betsy Anderson led a volunteer group of 28 people in organizing the event in association with William and Mary's Director of Special Events, Lisa Starbuck, and her staff.  Overall, there were 25 sponsors for the event, led by Marilyn Brown and Doug Morton, who pledged at the "Green and Gold" level.

William and Mary President Taylor Reveley was present for the festivities as well and was seen sporting a very trendy set of sunglasses and promoting the new "Griffin" pins and ties.

One of the biggest moneymakers during the silent auction portion of the event was four flight hours on a Tempest Corporate Jet, which brought in $5,000.  The largest single auction item price was $7,500 raised for a week on beachfront property at Bald Head Island, N.C.  

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