It wasn’t just the persuasive encouragement of trial lawyer Tony Buzbee, dashing in a black-sequined dinner jacket, that sent proceeds soaring for the many youngsters served by Houston Children’s Charity. The nonprofit’s CEO Laura Ward did her share to nudge loose considerable dinero while auctioneer Vikki Vines wielded the gavel that confirmed it all. The final take for the charity’s gala held at The Post Oak Hotel was a record $2.8 million.