The week in pictures: Candlelighters, Wall of Honor, Playing Green in Houston.

A few months ago, we blogged about a worthwhile cause that involved baseball, softball and raising funds for families of kids with cancer.

Candlelighters, an organization that 19 years ago formed a group to meet the day-to-day needs of families who are caring for a child being treated for cancer, spearheaded an all-day baseball tournament a month ago and also encouraged the participants to solicit donations. The top 12 fundraisers won a grand prize of taking batting practice at Minute Maid Park.

On Tuesday, the winners were in full display on the field at the Astros’ ballpark, taking their best hacks against the club’s BP throwers. Among the group was one of the top fundraisers, Noble Reeves, who raised $2,750. He used his computer as his main weapon, emailing friends and family asking for their support. And he got it, in a big way.

Also in the crowd was Jose Lima Jr., the son of the late Jose Lima, who played for the Astros on all three division-winning teams in the late 1990s. In total, the Candlelighters collected $25,000.

The competition was also open to folks who were not playing in the baseball/softball tournament. One of Candlelighter’s main spokesmen, Jay Beasley, ended up being one of the top fundraisers in that category, and he donated his batting practice experience to a 16 year old high school baseball player currently going through chemotherapy.

Astros radio announcer Dave Raymond was the main force behind arranging the batting practice treat for the kids, as was Vice President of Foundation Development Marian Harper.

A great day for a great cause…pretty fitting way for the community-minded Astros to close out their season:

Candlelighters began in 1989 with two parent support groups from the Medical Center: one at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and one at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The Texas Children’s Hospital group sought formal incorporation, and in 1992 Candlelighters was legally formed. In the fall of 1992 they invited the MD Anderson Parent Group to join them and the two organizations merged into one.

The Parent Consultant Program was developed to directly meet the needs of families at the treatment centers and to inform them of potential resources. Their programs and services extend beyond the hospital walls with their Family Camp, Adopt-A-Family, Fall Festival, quarterly newsletter, and other special events.

Over the years, they have learned how critically valuable it is for our Parent Consultants to be able to personally hand parents of children with cancer practical assistance such as a meal pass, parking pass, phone card, or gas card. Candlelighters is designed to bring comfort to childhood cancer families when stress is so high and they feel so helpless.

For more information on Candlelighters and the baseball and softball tournaments, please visit

Other random shots from the Astros’ season-ending homestand…

It's been a big year for Bill Brown. On Monday, he was honored with a plaque that will also hang in the press box on the Astros' Wall of Honor.

Brownie and Drayton McLane

Fifty fourth through sixth graders at Wilson Montessori School won a visit from Chris Johnson after being named The Greenest Classroom, as part of the 2011 Play Green® in Education initiative.

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