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Astros inaugurate new way to party and knock it out of the ballpark with legendary singer

Astros inaugurate a new way to party at Minute Maid with fabled singer

James Taylor
James Taylor headlines the inaugural Diamond Dreams Gala benefiting the Astros Foundation. Photo by Mark Abraham
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Terri Havens, John Havens
Terri and John Havens will co-chair the cocktail attire gala. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
Sheridan and John Eddie Williams at the Circle of Life Gala April 2015
Sheridan and John Eddie Williams will co-chair the gala to take place on the field at Minute Maid Park. Photo courtesy of © CatchLightGroup
James Taylor
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Terri Havens, John Havens
Sheridan and John Eddie Williams at the Circle of Life Gala April 2015

The Houston Astros are intent not only on being MLB contenders in 2016 but also on setting a record in their charitable fundraising with the inaugural Diamond Dreams Gala, set for January 22.

No auctions, no long speeches, this cocktail-attire evening promises to be a stellar event with James Taylor as headliner and the Astros Foundation as beneficiary.

As a reminder of the musicians' talent, table levels are named after his hits including "Fire and Rain." That $100,000 investment gets you a premier table for 12 including an Astro player and spouse, a reserved table for 10 additional guests, a VIP reception invite and a meet-and-greet with Taylor for four.

A "Sweet Baby James" commitment at $75,000 guarantees a table for 12 including an Astro and spouse, plus a table for 10 other guests and VIP reception.

Table levels are "You've Got A Friend," which for $50,000 includes an Astro alumni and spouse at the table for 12; "Carolina on My Mind," which at $25,000 gets you a table for 10; and the "Steamroller" level, also a table for 10 but not quite as close to home base.

Part-owners in the team Terri and John Havens and Sheridan and John Eddie Williams will join forces as chairs of the gala fundraiser.

The Astros Foundation supports three platforms of philanthropy — youth baseball, children with cancer and the military. Cornerstone initiatives are the Community Leaders program, the Astros Urban Youth Academy and the Astros RBI Program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).

Ticket information is available from Astros Foundation and Community Affairs executive director Twila Carter, tcarter@astros.com, or 713-259-8904.

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