Beginning Monday, you’ll see a lot of Pink in the Park.
In honor of Mother’s Day and Major League Baseball’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer support, the Astros will once again paint the town pink.
Maybe not the entire town, but certainly, their neck of the woods. Minute Maid Park will be pink, pink, pink, beginning with the homestand opener with the Reds on Monday.
Pink ribbons will be on display throughout the ballpark, and the Astros star on the wall behind home plate will also be pink. Everything the team gives away will also involve the color pink, beginning with pink tote bags to the first 10,000 fans, courtesy of The Methodist Cancer Center on Friday, May 13, and pink themed Friday Night Fireworks presented by Marathon Oil Corporation after the game.
Also on May 13, the Astros will host their signature event, the Pink on the Park Brunch and Bazaar, which will raise funds for the Methodist Cancer Center.
The brunch and bazaar will be attended by members of the Astros team and their wives and will be hosted by Honorary Chairs Elizabeth McLane and Pam Gardner, Astros President of Business Operations.
The bazaar opens for shopping at 11 a.m. and will remain open until 2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from sales at the bazaar will also benefit The Methodist Cancer Center. The brunch begins at 12:30 p.m.
The Pink In the Park brunch program features Denise Hazen, author of “Treat Her Like a Princess: How to Help Your Girlfriend with Breast Cancer.” Hazen, a stage three breast cancer survivor, wrote the book based on her own experience to help caregivers guide their friends through the process of breast cancer treatment. Throughout her treatment, she allowed a CNN crew to film her for the documentary Taming the Beast. As she faced seventeen rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and six weeks of daily radiation, Hazen sent a clear message to other women: not only is it possible to endure breast cancer treatment, but you can emerge on the other side even stronger than before.
The brunch and bazaar, produced in conjunction with In Any Event, Niki Smith and Ellie Francisco of francisco & co., will feature numerous local boutiques and unique fashion designers including A Little Eye Candy Jewelry, Itsby Bitsy Boutique, Silpada Designs, Talbot Cooley and Tres Chic. Denise Hazen will also conduct a book signing at the bazaar. To participate as a vendor in the bazaar, contact Niki Smith at 713-202-6935.
Tickets to the Pink In The Park Brunch and Bazaar are available by calling the Astros In Action Foundation at 713-259-8979 or by visiting astros.com/community. Individual tickets are available for $150 and bazaar shopping only tickets are available for $50. Sponsorship packages ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 are also available.
Further supporting breast cancer awareness and research, the Astros In Action Foundation will host the second annual Pink In The Park Ladies “TEE Time” Golf Outing. This “women-only” affair will be a shotgun start tournament held at Redstone Golf Club, Member Course on Monday, May 16. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon and awards at 1:00 p.m. An individual golf entry is $250 and “TEE Time” sponsorships are available. For more information about the Pink In The Park Ladies “TEE Time” Golf Outing, to register or to participate as a sponsor visit astros.com/community or contact the Astros In Action Foundation at 713-259-8979.
On Saturday, May 14, AT&T is sponsoring a Chris Johnson pink bat bobblehead giveaway to the first 10,000 fans. The Astros are also hosting the second annual Wine and Cheese Event presented by H-E-B from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A Wine and Cheese game ticket includes access to the event in the Union Station lobby for wine sampling, two glasses of wine, light hors d’oeurves, a wine class with representatives from Constellation Wines and a special gift.
Fans will be invited to bid on unique items at a silent auction to raise funds for breast cancer research. Fans age 21 and older can take advantage of this special ticket offer at astros.com/wine. Other ticket discounts for games during Pink In The Park week are available at astros.com/pink.
Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, recently announced the winners of the 2011 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign to recognize baseball fans that have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to fighting the disease. The winner of the Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the Houston Astros is Linda Anderson.
Anderson, first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, endured a double mastectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery. A five-year survivor, the cancer returned in 2010 and she is determined to again beat the disease. Anderson will be a special guest of the Astros at the team’s Pink In The Park Brunch and Bazaar on May 13, will watch batting practice from the field that evening, she will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony and will throw
out a ceremonial pitch.
“Linda is an inspiration. Not only has she faced this battle once, but she is doing it again and what is most impressive is that she has endured these struggles with a great attitude, positive approach and unwavering determination. We look forward to honoring her on May 13,” said Shawn Bertani Astros director, community affairs.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In three years, nearly 4,000 testimonials have been submitted and more than six million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a partnership between MLB, its licensed partners and Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise awareness about the breast cancer cause,
while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.
Linda Anderson is one of the thirty winners, one for each MLB Club. She was among more than 1,500 entrants that were selected by more than a half-million fan votes on http://www.HonoraryBatGirl.com, a Web site powered by MLB.com, and a panel of celebrity judges. The panel included Mrs. Billye Aaron, breast cancer survivor, Komen Global Ambassador for breast cancer and wife of Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron; Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, breast cancer survivor and Founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; Gabrielle Union, actress, co-survivor and supporter of the cause; Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox All-Star Pitcher and lymphoma survivor; Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim All-Star Pitcher whose mother is a breast cancer survivor; Jim Thome, Five-time All-Star and Minnesota Twins Designated Hitter whose mother passed away from lung cancer; Suzyn Waldman, New York Yankees radio broadcaster and breast cancer survivor; and Mitch Williams, MLB Network analyst whose late mother had breast cancer.