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Troy Aikman and a country music superstar come together in a private River Oaks home, raise more than $1 million

Troy Aikman and a country music superstar come together in River Oaks

Troy Aikman, from left, Mark and Shannon Wallace and Garth Brooks at Texas Children's event November 2013
Troy Aikman, from left, Mark and Shannon Wallace and Garth Brooks at Texas Children's event. Photo courtesy of Teammates for Kids
157 Craig and Patty Biggio, from left, and Mary and Tony Gracely at Texas Children's event November 2013
Craig and Patty Biggio, from left, and Mary and Tony Gracely at Texas Children's event. Photo by © Jenny Antill
433 John Arnold, from left, Courtney Sarofim and Laura Arnold at Texas Children's event November 2013
John Arnold, from left, Courtney Sarofim and Laura Arnold at Texas Children's event. Photo by © Jenny Antill
320 Dr. Paul Minifee and Pamela Minifee at Texas Children's event November 2013
Dr. Paul Minifee and Pamela Minifee at Texas Children's event. Photo by © Jenny Antill
399 Mary Gracely, from left, Nancy Calles and Dr. Mark Kline at Texas Children's event November 2013
Mary Gracely, from left, Nancy Calles and Dr. Mark Kline at Texas Children's event. Photo by © Jenny Antill
416 Shannon and Mark Wallace, from left, and Matt and Laurie Schaub at Texas Children's event November 2013
Shannon and Mark Wallace, from left, and Matt and Laurie Schaub at Texas Children's event. Photo by © Jenny Antill
267 Michelle and Alan Smith at Texas Children's event November 2013
Michelle and Alan Smith at Texas Children's event. Photo by © Jenny Antill
256 Jennifer Brown, left, and Dianne Hutmacher at Texas Children's event November 2013
Jennifer Brown, left, and Dianne Hutmacher at Texas Children's event. Photo by © Jenny Antill
318 Nancy and Jimmy Gordon at Texas Children's event November 2013
Nancy and Jimmy Gordon at Texas Children's event. Photo by © Jenny Antill
202 Maureen and Dr. Gary Clark at Texas Children's event November 2013
Maureen and Dr. Gary Clark at Texas Children's event. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Troy Aikman, from left, Mark and Shannon Wallace and Garth Brooks at Texas Children's event November 2013
157 Craig and Patty Biggio, from left, and Mary and Tony Gracely at Texas Children's event November 2013
433 John Arnold, from left, Courtney Sarofim and Laura Arnold at Texas Children's event November 2013
320 Dr. Paul Minifee and Pamela Minifee at Texas Children's event November 2013
399 Mary Gracely, from left, Nancy Calles and Dr. Mark Kline at Texas Children's event November 2013
416 Shannon and Mark Wallace, from left, and Matt and Laurie Schaub at Texas Children's event November 2013
267 Michelle and Alan Smith at Texas Children's event November 2013
256 Jennifer Brown, left, and Dianne Hutmacher at Texas Children's event November 2013
318 Nancy and Jimmy Gordon at Texas Children's event November 2013
202 Maureen and Dr. Gary Clark at Texas Children's event November 2013

The opportunity to get up close and personal with Garth Brooks and Troy Aikman in a private River Oaks home while aiding Texas Children's Hospital was enticement enough for an intimate group of mega-donors to pony up more than $1 million for the privilege. Not bad for a little cocktail party and dinner in the home gymnasium of Mary and Tony Gracely.

The singer and the NFL star helped raise the funds through their foundation, Teammates for Kids, with the big total earmarked for aiding in renovation of the Child Life Zone at Texas Children's. The duo created the foundation in 1999, since which time they have worked with more than 3,500 athletes and raised more than $100 million for non-profits that support children. The foundation works with athletes from every popular professional sport to develop innovative fundraising concepts that will help build interactive play areas inside children's hospitals nationwide.

Adding to the sports world cachet was retired Astro Craig Biggio, accompanied by his wife Patty.

The heavy-hitter contingent enjoying one-on-one with Brooks and Aikman included Laura and John Arnold, Terri and John Havens, Vanessa and Eduardo Sanchez, Vanessa and Tony Sanchez, Linda McIngvale, Elizabeth and Peter Wareing, Courtney Sarofim, Shannon and Mark Wallace, Nancy Calles and Dr. Mark Kline and Maureen and Dr. Gary Clark.