Baseball Greats Power Breakfast

Power breakfast with baseball greats knocks it out of the ballpark, raising a whopping $750,000

Power breakfast with baseball greats knocks it out of the ballpark

SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Frank Tsuru, Stephanie Tsuru, Cal Ripken Jr.
Frank Tsuru, Stephanie Tsuru, Cal Ripken Jr. Courtesy photo
SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Dallas Keuchel, Brenday Bartley, Aimee Snoots
Dallas Keuchel, Brenday Bartley, Aimee Snoots. Courtesy photo
SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Kevin Witt, Camp Bailey, Bob Graham
Kevin Witt, Camp Bailey, Bob Graham. Courtesy photo
SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Jason Johnson, Clayton Freels, Eric Varney
Jason Johnson, Clayton Freels, Eric Varney. Courtesy photo
SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Kenny Baldwin, Melissa Baldwin, Jess Tutor, Betty Tutor
Kenny Baldwin, Melissa Baldwin, Jess Tutor, Betty Tutor. Courtesy photo
Springspirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Mano DeAyala, James Hajovsky, Brenda Stardig
 Mano DeAyala, James Hajovsky, Brenda Stardig. Courtesy photo
springspirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Sondra Appel, Burke Windham, Priscilla Plumb
 Sondra Appel, Burke Windham, Priscilla Plumb. Courtesy photo
SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Frank Tsuru, Stephanie Tsuru, Cal Ripken Jr.
SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Dallas Keuchel, Brenday Bartley, Aimee Snoots
SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Kevin Witt, Camp Bailey, Bob Graham
SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Jason Johnson, Clayton Freels, Eric Varney
SpringSpirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Kenny Baldwin, Melissa Baldwin, Jess Tutor, Betty Tutor
Springspirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Mano DeAyala, James Hajovsky, Brenda Stardig
springspirit Baseball breakfast, Feb. 2016, Sondra Appel, Burke Windham, Priscilla Plumb

Kudos to SpringSpirit Baseball, which called on supporters to turn out for an early morning fundraiser and over bacon and eggs and coffee, the group that supports underserved youth in the north Spring Branch area raised a whopping $750,000 and then some. And that was without a single Bloody Mary being served!

The River Oaks Country Club ballroom was brimming with baseball biggies starting with keynote speaker Cal Ripken Jr., baseball's all-time iron man, and continuing with honorary chairs Lance Berkman and his wife, Cara.

“We are thrilled by the success of the event and could not be more thankful for everyone who helped make it happen,” said Stephanie Tsuru, who co-chaired the fundraiser with her husband, Frank Tsuru.

Among the sports figures attending were Dallas Keuchel, Mark Melancon, David Bailiff, Larry Dierker, Allan Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Kevin Witt, Cody Carlson, J.B. Shuck, Joe Savery and Rodney Ray. Houston City Council member Brenda Stardig was among notables.

Beyond baseball, the community center on Pitner road hosts close to 1,100 youngsters aged 4 to 7, each week. The center provides after-school programs focusing on homework, life lessons and sports activities.

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