Rice Baseball in Social Spotlight

Books and baseball team up for evening honoring Rice coach Wayne Graham

Books, baseball team up for evening honoring Rice coach Wayne Graham

Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Lance Berkman, Wayne Graham, David Leebron
 Lance Berkman, Wayne Graham, David Leebron. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Linda McReynolds, Dr. Walter McReynolds
Linda McReynolds, Dr. Walter McReynolds. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Lee Zeiben, Tricia Zeiben,  Elle Anderson, Clarke Anderson
Lee Zeiben, Tricia Zeiben, Elle Anderson, Clarke Anderson. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Lance Berkman, Cara Berkman, Karen George, Larry George
Lance Berkman, Cara Berkman, Karen George, Larry George. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor
Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Mickey Ables, Dorothy Ables
Mickey Ables, Dorothy Ables. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Catherine James, Trey Cash, Michelle Cash
Catherine James, Trey Cash, Michelle Cash. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library,, Feb. 2016, Bess Wareing, Matt Wareing
Bess Wareing, Matt Wareing. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Joanne King Herring, Sofia Adrogue
Joanne King Herring, Sofia Adrogue. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Dr. Antonio Merlo, Dr. Gia Merlo
Dr. Antonio Merlo, Dr. Gia Merlo. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Libarary, dinner, Feb. 2016, Anika Jackson, Jill Shull, Sydney Dao, Alice Brams
Anika Jackson, Jill Shull, Sydney Dao, Alice Brams. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Bob Grossman, Scott Harvey, Nancy Bolduc, Tom Drozdowski, Ellin Grossman
Bob Grossman, Scott Harvey, Nancy Bolduc, Tom Drozdowski, Ellin Grossman. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Libarary, dinner, Feb. 2016, Alison Weaver, Jeffrey Martin
Alison Weaver, Jeffrey Martn. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Guy Jackson, Dr. Julie Boom, Dr. Marc Boom, Clare Jackson
Guy Jackson, Julie Boone, Mark, Boone, Clare Jackson. Photo by Jenny Antill
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Lance Berkman, Wayne Graham, David Leebron
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Linda McReynolds, Dr. Walter McReynolds
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Lee Zeiben, Tricia Zeiben,  Elle Anderson, Clarke Anderson
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Lance Berkman, Cara Berkman, Karen George, Larry George
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Mickey Ables, Dorothy Ables
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Catherine James, Trey Cash, Michelle Cash
Friends of Fondren Library,, Feb. 2016, Bess Wareing, Matt Wareing
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Joanne King Herring, Sofia Adrogue
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Dr. Antonio Merlo, Dr. Gia Merlo
Friends of Fondren Libarary, dinner, Feb. 2016, Anika Jackson, Jill Shull, Sydney Dao, Alice Brams
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Bob Grossman, Scott Harvey, Nancy Bolduc, Tom Drozdowski, Ellin Grossman
Friends of Fondren Libarary, dinner, Feb. 2016, Alison Weaver, Jeffrey Martin
Friends of Fondren Library, Feb. 2016, Guy Jackson, Dr. Julie Boom, Dr. Marc Boom, Clare Jackson

On the surface, you might have thought that this black-tie dinner at River Oaks Country Club was a baseball event what with College Baseball Hall of Famer Wayne Graham honored along with his wife, Tanya. And with Lancc Berkman and wife Cara as honorary chairs, you wouldn't be blamed for thinking baseball.

But this night was a fundraiser hosted by the Friends of Fondren Library on the Rice campus. This formal marriage of baseball and books was all about the strength of community on the Rice campus.

Adding to the baseball clout were MLB players and their spouses including Anne Marie and Chris Kolkhorst, Jose Cruz, Jr., Maria and Paul Janish, Jennifer and Joe Savery, Sarah and Tyler Duffey, Kimberly and Austin Davis, Coble and Jeff Jorgensen, Erin and Vincent Sinisi, and Analisa and Kyle Frazier.

More than 360 attended the evening chaired by Karen and Larry George.

Among guests were Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, Bucky Allshouse, Linda and Walter McReynolds, Laura Bellows and Jack Pendergrast, Sofia Adrogué and Sten Gustafson, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Bess and Matt Wareing, Sonali and Rakesh Agrawal, Ginger Blanton, and Barbara and David Gibbs.