Bobby Bowden attends fundraiser at FSU Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Benefactors for the North Bay Haven football program enjoyed dinner at FSU Panama City on Saturday night, featuring a special guest.

Head coach Andy Siegal organized a charity dinner benefiting Coaches Curing Cancer, with benefits to that organization going towards a local child with cancer.

The evening featuring live and silent auctions with an array of sports memorabilia items, but the most valuable thing in the room was not for sale. Legendary head coach Bobby Bowden, owner of 377 college football wins at Howard, West Virginia, and Florida State, told Seminole stories of old after dinner.

Following his speech, he told NewsChannel 7 how he's feeling about about the upcoming FSU season and new head coach Willie Taggart.

"He's been by to see me a couple of times," Bowden said of Taggart. "He asked me to come out to the first ball game for the coin toss. So the coach of Virginia Tech who was up there for years, [Frank Beamer] and I are going to be at that game for the kickoff. I appreciate him asking. I think we're going to have some success. It might take a little while."

Taggart speaks to the press for the first time this fall on Sunday, with Seminoles beginning practice on Monday.

Siegal was unsure how much money had been raised by the event prior to the conclusion of the auctions, but 75 tickets were sold at $150 each.