Posted on March 27, 2013 at 9:23 PM
Wednesday, Mar 27 at 9:41 PM
AUSTIN --- The Moody Theater was the setting Wednesday evening for a fundraising effort which honored the late Coach Darrell K Royal and raised money to fight the disease which took his life last fall.
“If you haven't been touched by this horrible disease of Alzheimer's, if you haven't been touched yet, give it a little while and you will because it is rampant," said Larry Gatlin, a singer and friend of Coach Royal.
“It's so sad for families and people we love so much, to see them just crumble right before our eyes,” said Coach Mack Brown, head of the University of Texas Longhorns football team.
Willie Nelson, Larry Gatlin, Ben Crenshaw and a host of former UT football players including Earl Campbell, Doug English and Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson were all in attendance for the cause.
“Darrell was a good friend of ours and also it's selfish. If we can find a cure for it we don't have to worry if it comes our way,” said John Paul DeJoria, founder of the hair product line John Paul Mitchell.
The event featured tables which cost anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 each.
Organizers were hoping to raise more than $1 million for Alzheimer’s research.