Team Up For K9s And Kids Hosts Baseball-Themed Event
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Daniel Ortiz and Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group and Barbara Perlick
THE SCENE: Astros Lance McCullers Jr. and Dallas Keuchel, along with 2018 American League MVP José Altuve, served as hosts for the evening benefiting Team Up for K9s and Kids children’s and animal organizations across the Houston community at Tootsies.
THE VIBE: The crowd was completely star-struck as the hottest team in the majors turned out in full support of the community efforts of the athletic trio. Leading the way visiting with fans and supporting their teammates’ charities were players Carlos Correa, George Springer, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Brad Peacock, Collin McHugh and Joe Smith. Surprise guest and National Baseball Hall of Fame member Craig Biggio, and Houston Texan Greg Mancz dropped by as well.
During the highly entertaining live auction, the players took to the stage to promote their causes in an effort to sell the artwork depicting their likeness, a custom portrait of McCullers, Altuve, Keuchel and Verlander made of wood and resin by renowned artist Jason Skeldon. At the end of the night, the auction results were a true score for the players’ causes.
THE CAUSE: The evening raised over $360,000 for The Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation, The José Altuve Foundation, and Dallas Keuchel Foundation, all through Athletes and Causes. The players’ focused causes for the evening were animal rescue efforts BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions, and The Sunshine Kids Foundation, which benefits children receiving cancer treatments throughout the United States and North America.