Breakfast of Champions

Baseball superstars show their funny side at River Oaks breakfast that raises $700,000

Baseball superstars show their funny side at River Oaks breakfast

News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, Lance Berkman, Andy Pettitte
Baseball greats Lance Berkman, left, and Andy Pettitte take the stage at SpringSpirit Baseball annual breakfast. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball, Keven Comiskey, Gus Comiskey, Karen Comiskey, Julie Comiskey, Trey Comiskey and Reid Ryan
Kevin Comiskey, from left, Gus Comiskey, Karen Comiskey, Julie Comiskey, Trey Comiskey and Reid Ryan. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, Cara Berkman, Laura Pettitte, Kenny Baldwin, Aimee Snoots, Melissa Baldwin
Cara Berkman, from left, Laura Pettitte, Kenny Baldwin, Aimee Snoots and Melissa Baldwin. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, Amanda Vick, Trey Vick
Amanda Vick and Trey Vick. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, February 2015, Brooks McGee, Doug Codo, Cody Carlson
Brooks McGee, from left, Doug Hodo and Cody Carlson. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, David Brock, Mano DeAyala, Marcial Brock
David Brock, from left, Mano DeAyala and Marcial Brock. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, Lisa Miller, David Miller
Lisa and David Miller, from left, Clark Dalton and Lloyd Dalton. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, Matt Pitner, Jason Deloronzo
Matt Pitner, left, and Jason Deloronzo. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, David Towler, Ben Vigil, Clayton York
David Towler, from left, Ben Vigil and Clayton York. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, February 2015,, Nick Diaz, John Chenoweth, Lee Chenoweth
Nick Diaz, from left, John Chenoweth and Lee Chenoweth. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, February 2015, Bill Mearse, Mike Baker, Angela Schwarzbach, Steve Schwarzbach
Bill Mearse, from left, Mike Baker, Angela Schwarzbach and Steve Schwarzbach. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, Jason Martinez, Scott Sage
Jason Martinez, left, and Scott Sage. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, Kacob Baker, Paul Janish, Wynne Snoots
Jacob Baker, from left, Paul Janish and Wynne Snoots. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, Barbara and Greg Martin
Barbara and Greg Martin. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, February 2015, J.C. Clemmons Jr., John Brollier
J.C. Clemmons Jr., left, and Joh Brolier. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, February 2015, Gus Comiskey, Mike Moody, Brad Freels, John Meredith
Gus Comiskey, from left, Mike Moody, Brad Freels and John Meredith. Photo by Jack Perry
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, Lance Berkman, Andy Pettitte
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball, Keven Comiskey, Gus Comiskey, Karen Comiskey, Julie Comiskey, Trey Comiskey and Reid Ryan
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, Cara Berkman, Laura Pettitte, Kenny Baldwin, Aimee Snoots, Melissa Baldwin
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, Amanda Vick, Trey Vick
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, February 2015, Brooks McGee, Doug Codo, Cody Carlson
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, David Brock, Mano DeAyala, Marcial Brock
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, Lisa Miller, David Miller
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, Matt Pitner, Jason Deloronzo
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, David Towler, Ben Vigil, Clayton York
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, February 2015,, Nick Diaz, John Chenoweth, Lee Chenoweth
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, February 2015, Bill Mearse, Mike Baker, Angela Schwarzbach, Steve Schwarzbach
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, Jason Martinez, Scott Sage
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, Kacob Baker, Paul Janish, Wynne Snoots
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, February 2015, Barbara and Greg Martin
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, February 2015, J.C. Clemmons Jr., John Brollier
News, Shelby, SpringSpirit baseball, February 2015, Gus Comiskey, Mike Moody, Brad Freels, John Meredith

Amazing how far a cup of joe and a plate of bacon and eggs goes in the sometimes surprising world of fundraising. Case in point is Tuesday's "Breakfast of Champions" benefitting SpringSpirit Baseball. With baseball greats Lance Berkman and Andy Pettitte in the spotlight, the event raised a whopping $700,000 and change.

That handsome sum supports the baseball program that serves more than 1,000 under-served youth in the north Spring Branch area, offering everything from baseball tournaments, recreational programs and after-school programs to summer camp opportunities.

Berkman and his wife, Cara Berkman, served as honorary chairs of the event that was chaired by Renee and Mark Lange. With that team and with Karen and Gus Comiskey as honorees, the financial homerun was all but guaranteed.

Lance Berkman showed his comedic side, keeping the room in stitches while interviewing Pettitte with comments such as "Now all pitchers think they can hit, but . . . " Pettitte spoke on his experiences, both good and bad, playing for the Yankees; on how faith drives his personality and how he strongly supports SpringSpirit Baseball's mentoring program.

Supporting the team effort were Cody Carlson, Laura Pettitte, Brad Freels, Barbara and Greg Martin, Jacob Baker, Paul Lanish, J.C. Clemens Jr., John Brollier, Angela and Steve Schwarzbach, Sondra and Pat Appel, Colleen and Mark McLane and Aimee and Wynne Snoots.