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Navy Seals-autographed Bin Laden poster goes for $100,000 at Texas Children's fundraiser

Bin Laden poster goes for $100,000 at Texas Children's fundraiser

Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner,5/16  Longhorn band
University of Texas Alumni Marching Band. Photo by John R. Lewis
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner, 5/16 Bill McRaven, Mike Perrin, Mark Wallace
Bill McRaven, Mike Perrin, Mark Wallace. Photo by John R. Lewis
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner, 5/16 Ryan Gordon, Whitney Gordon, Matt Gordon, Scott Gordon.
 Ryan Gordon, Whitney Gordon, Matt Gordon, Scott Gordon. Photo by Jenny Antill,
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner, 5/16 Jim Gordon, Nancy Gordon, Chancellor William H. McRaven, Georgeann McRaven, Jodie Jiles, Sonny Jiles.
Jim Gordon, Nancy Gordon, Bill McRaven, Georgeann McRaven, Jodie Jiles, Sonny Jiles. Photo by John R. Lewis
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner,5/16 Ned Torian, Emily Crosswell, Chancellor William H. McRaven, Flo Crady, Lynn Baird
Ned Torian, Emily Crosswell, Chancellor William H. McRaven, Flo Crady, Lynn Baird. Photo by John R. Lewis
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner, auction 5/16
Silver Spur Beau Grenier with autographed University of Texas football. Photo by John R. Lewis
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner,5/16  Longhorn band
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner, 5/16 Bill McRaven, Mike Perrin, Mark Wallace
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner, 5/16 Ryan Gordon, Whitney Gordon, Matt Gordon, Scott Gordon.
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner, 5/16 Jim Gordon, Nancy Gordon, Chancellor William H. McRaven, Georgeann McRaven, Jodie Jiles, Sonny Jiles.
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner,5/16 Ned Torian, Emily Crosswell, Chancellor William H. McRaven, Flo Crady, Lynn Baird
Texas Children's Cancer Center dinner, auction 5/16

Texas Children's Cancer Center scored a windfall with its annual dinner, this year featuring University of Texas chancellor Bill McRaven as keynote speaker. 

Not only was McRaven's discussion in the Westin Galleria Hotel ballroom with UT Athletic Director Mike Perrin riveting, but his Osama bin Laden "wanted" poster, signed by the famous Navy SEAL Team 6, fetched $100,000 in an unprecedented live auction action bid.

McRaven, former head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, said that as coveted as the poster was to him, the cause of pediatric cancer research moved him to make the donation.

As much as the children's cancer center was focus of the evening, the UT spirit prevailed with plenty of "hook 'em horns" salutes, a profusion of UT orange roses and centerpieces of the UT Tower emblazoned with LED lighting. And, yes, there was hearty singing of  "The Eyes of Texas" and "Texas Fight."

And the UT Alumni Marching Band in full uniform performed the National Anthem.

Chairing "An Evening with Chancellor William H. McRaven "fundraiser were Lynn Baird, Flo Crady, Emily Crosswell, and Ned Torian, who could not have been happier with proceeds of more than $840,000.

Cynthia and John Adkins, Nancy and Jim Gordon, and Sonny and Jodie Jiles served as honorary chairs.

Texas Children's president and CEO Mark A. Wallace welcomed a coterie of special guests including June and Dr. David Poplack, Dorothy and Mickey Ables, Sibyl Roos, Shelley and John Barineau, Dr. Mark Kline, Trish and Rock Morille, Laurie and Milton Boniuk, and Debbie and Kent  Chenevert.

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