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Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin swoops into Houston billionaire's sports celeb party in a helicopter

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News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Kevin & Charlene Sumlin, April 2014
Kevin and Charlene Sumlin with Fertitta chopper. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News, Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions  Adrian Peterson, Paige & Tilman Fertitta, Kevin Sumlin, April 2014
Adrian Peterson, from left, Paige and Tilman Fertitta and Kevin Sumlin. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Megan & Brian Cushing & Laura Ward, April 2014
Megan and Brian Cushing, left, with Laura Ward. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Heather Snyder, Matt Flanagan, Yvonne, Zeigman, April 2014
Heather Snyder, from left, Matt Flanagan and Yvonne Zeigman loaded for autographs. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Brian Ching, Liz Eklund, Andrew Cordes , April 2014
Brian Ching, left, Liz Eklund and Andrew Cordes. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Lexi Tidwell, Addie Tidwell, Jason Tidwell & Chester Pitts, April 2014
Edna Meyer-Nelson, from left, Lexi Tidwell, Addie Tidwell, Jason Tidwell and Chester Pitts. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Calvin Murphy, April 2014
Calvin Murphy. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Bucky & Tracey Richardson, Travis Johnson, April 2014
Bucky and Tracey Richardson, left, with Travis Johnson. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Harry & Tracy Faulkner, Adrian & Ashley Peterson, April 2014
Harry and Tracy Faulkner, left, with Adrian and Ashley Peterson. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Bill Gutknecht, Christine Falgout, April 2014
Bill Gutknecht and Christine Falgout. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Mikhail McLean, Arrion Goudeaux, Lois Goudeaux, Elvin Hayes, April 2014
Mikhail McLean, from left, Arrion Goudeaux, Lois Goudeaux and Elvin Hayes. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Nel Slocum, Kara Childress, April 2014
Nel Slocum, left, and Kara Childress. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions,Gary Becker, Kellie Letsos, Brian Cushing, Carmen Sanchez, April 2014
Gary Becker, from left, Kellie Letsos, Brian Cushing and Carmen Sanchez. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Walt Cunningham, David Huntington, Yanika Chacon, April 2014
Walt Cunningham, left, Yanika Chacon and David Huntington. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Kevin & Charlene Sumlin, April 2014
News, Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions  Adrian Peterson, Paige & Tilman Fertitta, Kevin Sumlin, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Megan & Brian Cushing & Laura Ward, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Heather Snyder, Matt Flanagan, Yvonne, Zeigman, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Brian Ching, Liz Eklund, Andrew Cordes , April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Lexi Tidwell, Addie Tidwell, Jason Tidwell & Chester Pitts, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Calvin Murphy, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Bucky & Tracey Richardson, Travis Johnson, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Harry & Tracy Faulkner, Adrian & Ashley Peterson, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Bill Gutknecht, Christine Falgout, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Mikhail McLean, Arrion Goudeaux, Lois Goudeaux, Elvin Hayes, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Nel Slocum, Kara Childress, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions,Gary Becker, Kellie Letsos, Brian Cushing, Carmen Sanchez, April 2014
News Houston Children's Charity Gathering of Champions, Walt Cunningham, David Huntington, Yanika Chacon, April 2014

Little if anything related to charitable fundraising at the Tilman Ferttita home is without TV-worthy drama and party excellence. Consider the most recent "Gathering of Champions" benefiting Houston Children's Charity.

Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin and wife Charlene arrived in the billionaire entrepreneur's massive backyard in River Oaks via Fertitta's private helicopter.

How sweet it was for the 100 VIPs who had ponied up the $1,000 per person to rub elbows with celebs of the sports world including coaching legends R.C. Slocum of A&M history and Wade Phillips, formerly of the Houston Texans. For good measure astronaut Walt Cunningham was part of the talent pool.

Laura Ward, HCC executive director, and Fertitta, HCC board chairman, welcomed the 32 athletes that included Brian Ching, Hakeem Olajuwon, Spencer Tillman, Ray Childress, Elvin Hayes, Robert Horry, John Lucas, Eric Winston and Bucky Richardson. Assistant director of A&M football Justin Moore joined the party as well, arriving in that helicopter with Sumlin.

In addition to savoring the sports-rich celebrity turnout, guests dined around the Fertitta resort-style swimming pool on delicacies from the Landry's restaurant empire. Food stations included shrimp cocktails, stuffed salmon and filet mignon, all the sides and desserts. As is standard for events at the Fertitta home, the accent was on great food, service and fun.

Big spenders, aka HCC mega-supporters, were David Huntington, high bidder on the photo opp with the celebs, and Edna Meyer-Nelson, high bidder on the golf opportunity with Clyde Drexler and Craig Biggio. Their generosity and that of other guests helped raise $110,000 for HCC coffers.

Joining this multi-tiered evening were Paige Fertitta, Dave Ward, Gary Becker and Kellie Letsos, Andrew Cordes and Brian Teichman, Grant Guthrie, Dan D’Armond, Debbie and Bob Ogle, Dancie and Jim Ware, Maria Moncada-Alaoui and Omar Alaoui, Monty Meave, Kris Cogliano and Otis Peavy.

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