Diamond Dreams Gala

Baseball Hall of Famers, Astros stars, and James Taylor hit it out of the park at $1.3 million gala

Hall of Famers, Astros stars hit it out of park with $1.3 million gala

Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Jim Crane, Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson
Astros owner Jim Crane with NBL Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Reggie Jackson. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Craig Biggio, Patty Biggio, Terri Havens, John Havens
Craig Biggio, Patty Biggio, Terri Havens, John Havens. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Laura Sweeney, James Taylor, Brittany Sakowitz Kushner
Laura Sweeney, James Taylor, Brittany Sakowitz Kushner. Courtesy of Facebook
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Ken Giles, Janet Gurwitch, Ron Franklin
John Eddie Williams, Sheridan Williams, Colby Rasmus, Megan Rasmus. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016,  Krystal Crane Thompson, Jodi Rubenstein, Maryann Hicks
Krystal Crane Thompson, Jodi Rubenstein, Maryann Hicks. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Luis & Magela Valbuena, Jake Marisnick, Preston Tucker
Luis Valbuena, Magela Valbuena, Jake Marisnick, Preston Tucker. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Ken Giles, Janet Gurwitch, Ron Frankln
Ken Giles, Janet Gurwitch, Ron Franklin. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, : Noel & Marwin González*
Noel Gonzalez, Marwin Gonzalez. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Ross Davis, Lauren Drey
Ross Davis, Lauren Drey. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Courtney Toomey, Bill Toomey
Courtney Toomey, Bill Toomey. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco
Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, steve McCarthy, George Turley
Steve McCarthy, George Turley. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016,  Mari Trevino, Bryan Glass
Mari Trevino, Bryan Glass. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Jeff Hines, Wendy Hines
Jeff Hines, Wendy Hines, Elizabeth Galtney, Will Galtney. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Paul Murphy, Katherine Murphy, Patty Biggio, Craig Biggio
Paul Murphy, Katherine Murphy, Patty Biggio, Craig Biggio. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, John Havens, Terri Havens, Kelly Feldman, Scott Feldman
John Havens, Terri Havens, Kelly Feldman, Scott Feldman. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Uptown Urban Market rendering
 Marwin González, Jose Altuve, Luis Valbuena. Courtesy of UUM
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Jim Crane, Krystal Crane Thompson, Jared Crane
Jim Crane, Krystal Crane Thompson, Jared Crane. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016,  Tina Turner impersonator
Tina Turner impersonator warm-up act  for Astros Diamond Dreams Gala. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016,
The baseball field at Minute Maid Park hosts 900 Astros Foundation supporters. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Jim Crane, Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Craig Biggio, Patty Biggio, Terri Havens, John Havens
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Laura Sweeney, James Taylor, Brittany Sakowitz Kushner
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Ken Giles, Janet Gurwitch, Ron Franklin
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016,  Krystal Crane Thompson, Jodi Rubenstein, Maryann Hicks
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Luis & Magela Valbuena, Jake Marisnick, Preston Tucker
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Ken Giles, Janet Gurwitch, Ron Frankln
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, : Noel & Marwin González*
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Ross Davis, Lauren Drey
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Courtney Toomey, Bill Toomey
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, steve McCarthy, George Turley
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016,  Mari Trevino, Bryan Glass
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Jeff Hines, Wendy Hines
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Paul Murphy, Katherine Murphy, Patty Biggio, Craig Biggio
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, John Havens, Terri Havens, Kelly Feldman, Scott Feldman
Uptown Urban Market rendering
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016, Jim Crane, Krystal Crane Thompson, Jared Crane
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016,  Tina Turner impersonator
Astros Diamond Gala, Jan. 2016,

While the baseball VIPs strolled into Minute Maid Park's Diamond Club for pre-gala cocktails, the TV news teams swarmed in the lobby hoping to get a word from notables including MLB Hall of Famers Craig Biggio, Reggie Jackson and Nolan Ryan, Astros owner Jim Crane and his leading players.

The "Diamond Dreams Gala" was fertile ground for baseball sound bites.

It was also fertile ground for fundraising with the night garnering $1.3 million for the foundation which operates with about $7 million. The generous supporters were rewarded with a cooler-than-cool after-dinner concert by five-time Grammy winner James Taylor.

"Four years ago, we started to build the foundation to give back to Houston and a lot of charities in town," Crane told the gathering of 900 as they settled into their seats on the playing field at Minute Maid Park. "We've tightened the focus on our charities to youth baseball, education, supporting the military and the homeless. Tonight, we're here to help a new organization, New Hope Housing."

The cocktail-attire dinner event was chaired by Terri and John Havens and Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Astros investors. They were among the VIPs schmoozing with the players in the Diamond Club including Astro investor Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin, Lauren and Worth Snyder, Ellie and Michael Francisco, Krystal Crane Thompson, Jared Crane, Jimmy Wynn and Reid Ryan. Mayor Sylvester Turner arrived in time to visit with guests on the Minute Maid field.

Players joining the party included Colby Rasmus, Jose Altuve, Luis Valbuena, Ken Giles, Marwin Gonzalez, Preston Tucker, Jon Singleton, Jake Marisnick, and Scott Feldman. 

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