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Gig 'em: Aggies turn out in full force to salute Texas A&M's winningest coach

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R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Dr. Bowen Loftin, Sharron Melton
Texas A&M University president Bowen Loftin and Sharron Melton gig-em at the Horatio Alger dinner saluting R.C. Slocum. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, David Sokol, R.C. Slocum, Kay Dore, Bill Dore
Key players in the Horatio Alger dinner event were David Sokol, from left, R.C. Slocum and Kay and Bill Doré. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Fidge Kelm, Tracey Richardson, Trish Milstead
Supporting the Horatio Alger scholarship cause included Fidge Kelm, from left, Tracey Richardson and Trish Milstead. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Texas A&M Singing Cadets
The Texas A&M Singing Cadets lifted spirits at the Horatio Alger Award dinner at the Hilton Post Oak. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Ray Childress, John Slocum
Ray Childress, left, and John Slocum at the salute to the Horatio Alger R.C. Slocum. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Fred Caldwell, Susan Caldwell
Fred and Susan Caldwell at the Horatio Alger dinner honoring R.C. Slocum. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, John Schiller, Kristi Schiller
John and Kristi Schiller at the Horatio Alger salute to R.C. Slocum. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Kerry Kilburn, Bill Dore, William Dore Jr.
Kerry Kilburn, from left, Bill Doré and William Doré Jr. at the R.C. Slocum salute at the Hilton Post Oak. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Julia Ellis, Mark Ellis
Julia and Mark Ellis at the R.C. Slocum salute at the Hilton Post Oak. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Jim Stark, Andre Brooks
Jim Stark, left, and Andre Brooks at the salute to R.C. Slocum. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Holly Campagna, Nic Campagna
Holly and Nic Campagna at the R. C. Slocum salute. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, R.C. Slocum, Nel Slocum. Mike Cone, Joann Cone
R.C. and Nel Slocum, left, with Mike and Joann Cone at the Horatio Alger dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Babs Causey, John Causey, Irma Causey, Johnnie Causey
Babs and John Causey, left, with Irma and Johnnie Causey at the Horatio Alger dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Wayne Richards, Kathy Richards
Wayne and Kathy Richards at the R.C. Slocum salute at the Hilton Post Oak. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Ann Dunlap, David Dunlap
Ann and David Dunlap at the Horatio Alger dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Dr. Bowen Loftin, Sharron Melton
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, David Sokol, R.C. Slocum, Kay Dore, Bill Dore
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Fidge Kelm, Tracey Richardson, Trish Milstead
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Texas A&M Singing Cadets
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Ray Childress, John Slocum
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Fred Caldwell, Susan Caldwell
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, John Schiller, Kristi Schiller
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Kerry Kilburn, Bill Dore, William Dore Jr.
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Julia Ellis, Mark Ellis
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Jim Stark, Andre Brooks
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Holly Campagna, Nic Campagna
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, R.C. Slocum, Nel Slocum. Mike Cone, Joann Cone
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Babs Causey, John Causey, Irma Causey, Johnnie Causey
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Wayne Richards, Kathy Richards
R.C. Slocum dinner, March 2013, Ann Dunlap, David Dunlap

It was an Aggie love fest at the Hilton Post Oak when more than 400 turned out to salute retired football coach R.C. Slocum for his selection as recipient of the national Horatio Alger Award. The honors will be officially presented at a dinner in Washington in April, but the Texas A&M team got a jumpstart on the celebrations.

In this maroon-loyal crowd, there were plenty of "Gig'em's," "Howdy's" and whoops as well as the Texas A&M Singing Cadets, who set the spirited tone of the night.

With A&M president R. Bowen Loftin and Horatio Alger Association board president David Sokol singing Slocum's praises, the evening raised $350,000 for scholarships. That windfall for Horatio Alger scholarships was due to the largesse of an anonymous donor/Slocum fan who underwrote the dinner expenses.

During his 14 years as head football coach, from 1988 to 2002, Slocum led the Aggies to a record of 123–47–2, making him the winningest coach in Texas A&M history. 

Heading up the Slocum salute was chair Bill Doré, assisted by the impressive host committee/cheering squad comprised of Fred Caldwell, Ray Childress, Mike Cone, David Dunlap, Mark E. Ellis, Jack Little, James Nelson, John Schiller and, in abstentia, head football coach Kevin Sumlin.

Joining in the many standing ovations were guests including Nel Slocum, Kay Doré, Suzie and William Doré, Kara Childress, Kristi Schiller, Susan and Mike Plank, Kelly and Bill Von Gonten, Joann Mike Cone, Ann and David Dunlap and Kathy and Wayne Richards.

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