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Lord Botetourt Affair draws record crowd, cash

{{youtube:medium:center|Dzrx4UafQjY, Lord Botetourt Affair}}The College of William & Mary's Athletic Department's fundraising arm, the Tribe Club, raised a record amount of more than $200,000 during its premier auction event of the year, the Lord Botetourt Affair, held recently at the College's Mason School of Business.

“The event was a tremendous success,” said Bobby Dwyer, the longtime director of the Tribe Club.  “Our chairs, Lauris Zeni and Betsy Anderson, did an incredible job of making it an evening to remember. We had a record number of attendees and raised a fantastic amount towards supporting our mission of providing William & Mary student-athletes with the best possible experience during their athletic careers.”

The auction, held during the College's Charter Day festivities, was themed around “Tribe for Life,” and guests were encouraged to enjoy the evening in black-tie attire and sneakers. More than 300 items were donated as part of the live and silent auctions, while nearly $70,000 was raised in separate sponsorships.

In all, a Lord Botetourt Affair-record 344 guests participated in the fun, assisted by more than 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 sellout for the past decade.

All proceeds from the Botetourt Affair go directly to the Tribe Club. Because the William & 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.