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NullReferenceException from Gridview? Button in Footer

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I have an application with a a few selections in drop-downs and a gridview.  The user selects criteria from the drop-downs to view data which is shown in a gridview.  i put a simple linkbutton in the footer, which gives the user the option to export the data from the search criteria to excel.  when I click this button, I get the following error:

Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManagerServerErrorException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
Code: 0

Attached is my code that references the button click from the footer.  I even put the button outside of the gridview as a test (the sample code attached is test data), and I get the same error.  I am using Visual Stuido 2008.  
protected void TestExp_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
          string postdate = Convert.ToString(DateTime.Now.ToString("MMddyy_hhmmsstt"));

               Response.Buffer = true;

               string dirName = @"C:\Delinquent Testing\";
               string strFilePath = "DelinquentAll" + "_" + postdate + ".xls";
               DirectoryInfo dInfo = new DirectoryInfo(dirName);
               HtmlForm hform = new HtmlForm();
               Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "attachment; filename=" + strFilePath);
               Response.Charset = "";
               Response.ContentType = "application/ms-excel";

               if (!dInfo.Exists)

               StringWriter sw = new StringWriter();
               HtmlTextWriter hw = new HtmlTextWriter(sw);

               GridView gv = new GridView();
               DataTable dt = new DataTable();

               string mc = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["SiteDB"].ConnectionString;
               SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(mc);


               SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter("select [Show Name], PrdNumber as [Show#], [30 Days], [60 Days], [90 Days], [120 Days], [150 Days], [180 Days]  from vw_delinquent Order by [Show Name] ASC", conn);

               Table table = new Table();
               table.GridLines = gv.GridLines;

               for (int i = 0; i < dt.Rows.Count; i++)

                   gv.HeaderStyle.BackColor = Color.Gray;
                   gv.HeaderStyle.Font.Bold = true;
                   gv.Font.Size = 10;
               gv.DataSource = dt.DefaultView;

               //add the headerrow to the table

               if ((((gv.HeaderRow) != null)))

               // add each of the data rows to the table 
               foreach (GridViewRow row in gv.Rows)
               // add the footer row to the table 
               if ((((gv.FooterRow) != null)))

public static void PrepareControlForExport(Control control)
        int i = 0;
        while ((i < control.Controls.Count))
            Control current = control.Controls[i];
            if ((current is LinkButton))
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl(((LinkButton)current).Text));
            else if ((current is ImageButton))
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl(((ImageButton)current).AlternateText));
            else if ((current is HyperLink))
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl(((HyperLink)current).Text));
            else if ((current is DropDownList))
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl(((DropDownList)current).SelectedItem.Text));
            else if ((current is CheckBox))
                control.Controls.AddAt(i, new LiteralControl(((CheckBox)current).Checked.ToString()));
            if (current.HasControls())
            i = (i + 1);
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