Astros players, staff gather for Wives Gala Underwriter cocktail reception

Soon after the Astros ended their eight-game losing streak on Sunday with a win over the Reds, they headed to the swanky “Up” restaurant in Highland Village for a cocktail reception designed to acknowledge the underwriters of the Wives Gala.

The Gala, which has been benefiting the Houston Area Women’s Center since 1990, will be held at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, Aug. 16 — an offday for the Astros, of course.

Around half the team attended the Underwriter’s party, a yearly gala precursor that honors the most charitable contributors to the annual soiree. Among the Astros players in the crowd: Jason Castro, Bud Norris, Chris Snyder, Wesley Wright, Fernando Rodriguez, Wandy Rodriguez, David Carpenter, Travis Buck, Brian Bogusevic, Jed Lowrie, J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and Justin Maxwell. Manager Brad Mills and first base coach Bobby Meacham also attended.

From the front office, prez George Postolos and top VP Kathleen Clark were present and accounted for, along with the emcee of the evening, Milo Hamilton.

For information and tickets to the Aug. 16 Gala, contact Judy Nichols at 713.781.0053 or  judynichols1@sbcglobal.net.

Photos from the Underwriter’s reception:

Maris Perlman, Jason Castro

Brooke Keene, David Carpenter

J.A. Happ

Jed Lowrie, Milessa Muchmore-Lowrie

Brandon, Sara Lyon

Loren, Justin Maxwell

Milo Hamilton, Gari Meacham

Aubree Gerardi, Bud Norris

Carla, Chris Snyder

Wesley, Sherell Wright

The entertainment. Milo asked for one of those outfits for his personal collection.

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