Another wives gala in the books, another rousing success.
The minute the last out was made during Wednesday’s game between the Astros and Giants, a small group of dedicated workers began the daunting task of transforming Minute Maid Park from a baseball field to the site of the biggest charity event the Astros host every year.
The annual Black Ties and Baseball Caps Astros Wives Gala was held Thursday night, but with a special theme — it was the 20th anniversary of the annual soiree, and a celebration of the more than $4 million it has raised for the Houston Area Women’s Center since the first one in 1990.
Chaired by Michelle Quintero, wife of catcher Humberto Quintero, and Pamela Michaels, wife of outfielder Jason Michaels, the gala was attended by nearly every Astros player and staff member. Emceed by Milo Hamilton, hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised through extravagant silent and live auctions, which offered everything from a trip to Napa Wine Country to autographed items signed by members of the Astros, current and retired.
The event included a special tribute to Patty Biggio, who, along with Nancy Caminiti, chaired the very first Gala 19 years ago and hand-picked the beneficiary of the proceeds — the HAWC, which provides a safe environment for abused women and children. Great cause, great night. Enjoy the pictures.
Milo Hamilton gives a tip of the cap to Patty Biggio, and of course, hubby Craig.
Geoff and Kory Blum
Michael Bourn and radio announcer Dave Raymond
Lisa and Doug Brocail, Roy and Nicole Oswalt
Radio announcer Brett Dolan and his wife, Betsy
Jessica and Darin Erstad
Left to right: Michelle Quintero, Pamela Michaels, Drayton and Elizabeth McLane
Five studly guys who took the “Baseball Caps” part of the gala title to heart. Please excuse the Tigers fan on the left.
Jason Michaels, taking pictures of his wife on stage during presentations.
Carlos and Mary Lee.
Morgan and Jeff Keppinger and Dee and Brian Moehler.
Brian Moehler has a laugh with Jeff Keppinger.
Jason and Pamela Michaels.
Hunter Pence and his date, Heidi.
Pence, Milo and auctioneer Vikki Vines.
Pudge Rodriguez holds court with some young Astros fans.
Puma exchanges pleasantries with the Toy Cannon, Jimmy Wynn.
Radio announcer Dave Raymond and his wife, Tish.
Wandy Rodriguez and his wife, Luz.
Wesley Wright and his girlfriend, Sherell.
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