Astros Wives host Black Ties & Baseball Caps Gala

Houston Astros Wives host the 22nd Annual Black Ties & Baseball Caps
on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. on the field at Minute Maid Park

August 18, 2011
Houston, TX

The 22nd Annual Black Ties & Baseball Caps begins with the cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and live auction at 7:00 p.m.

Astros Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton will emcee the signature event, themed “A Night of New Beginnings“, as supporters mix and mingle with Astros’ players.

Impressionist and voice actor Rich Little will entertain gala attendees. “The Man of a Thousand Voices“, Little has amazed audiences with his impressions of famous male celebrities, including those of past presidents, singers and actors.

The event benefiting the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) will be attended by current and former Astros players.

Chaired by Summer Barmes and Mary Catherine Melancon
Honorary chairs are George H.W. and Barbara Bush

Individual tickets are $500
Table prices range from $5,000-$25,000

The Black Ties and Baseball Caps silent auction, chaired by Michelle Quintero, will offer items perfectly suited for the wine connoisseur, the vintage sports memorabilia collector and even the luxurious traveler displayed in an elegant setting on the field at Minute Maid Park. Guests in attendance will also bid on one-of-a-kind live auction items including unique sports memorabilia, exclusive getaways, an “Astros Express” playhouse modeled after Minute Maid Park‘s train and more. A few of the featured live auction packages include:

Adventure in Aspen

This two-night luxury five-star accommodation for four people in downtown Aspen includes chauffeured ground transportation for the entire stay along with four round-trip airline tickets courtesy of United Airlines.

All Aboard the Astros Express

HomeAid Houston, the Greater Houston Builders Association and Trendmaker Homes are proud to sponsor the “Astros Express” playhouse. Kids that board this deluxe playhouse will enjoy a LG 37″ LCD TV, Sony PlayStation 3 Gaming Console, Apple iPod Nano with a two-speaker docking station, portable mini-refrigerator and air conditioning. Additional fun features include a train track floor, a tunnel and a ladder leading to a loft.

I Love L.A.

This studio package offers two tickets to a FOX Broadcasting Company talent finals show in Los Angeles, Calif. I Love L.A. includes dinner for two at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, a two-night stay at a five-star luxury hotel in Los Angeles along with two round-trip airline tickets courtesy of United Airlines.

Opie Otterstad Original Painting

Own an original piece painted by Opie Otterstad, the official artist of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. Specializing in paintings of sports figures and events, many of his pieces hang in baseball stadiums across the country.

Wine Pairing for 10

The taste of the wine country compliments a five-star meal with an exclusive wine pairing dinner for 10 in the Napa or Sonoma private dining room at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Black Ties and Baseball Caps is generously underwritten by: ARAMARK, Brenner’s Steakhouse On the Bayou, Consolidated Graphics, Engineering Partners International, Inc., Houston Astros, Houston Magazine, Judy Nichols & Associates, Kathy Crosby, Logan Goodson Design, Macy’s, Precision Graphics Center, Roberts Development/Construction, Inc., Sprinkles Cupcakes, Saks Fifth Avenue and United Airlines.

About the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC)
The mission of the Houston Area Women’s Center is to help individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward by providing shelter, counseling and advocacy to live lives free from the effects of violence. The Women’s Center is the only emergency shelter in Houston open to all survivors of domestic violence and the Rape Crisis Center for the city of Houston. HAWC seeks social change to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education. All services are confidential and available to everyone.

About the Astros In Action Foundation

The Astros In Action Foundation has been “Fielding the Dreams of Houston” since it was established in 2000, during the Astros inaugural season at Minute Maid Park. The mission of the foundation is to use the strength of the National Pastime to enhance the quality of life in the community through educational, health, and spiritual endeavors. Over the past 11 years, the Astros In Action Foundation has helped thousands of community groups and organizations throughout the Houston area.

Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 259-8000


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