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Lance Berkman springs into action in Houston, drawing a who's who of sports and TV news stars

Lance Berkman springs into action in Houston, drawing a who's who of sports and TV news stars

Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Steve Schwarzbach, Lance Berkman, Angela Schwarzbach, Steve Schwarzbach Jr.
Steve Schwarzbach , Lance Berkman , Angela Schwarzbach , Steve Schwarzbach Jr. Photo by Cg Nze
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Dave Dravecky, Gregg Matte, Jeff Pennington
Dave Dravecky , Gregg Matte , Jeff Pennington
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Cara Berkman, Doug Hodo, Cody Carlson, Julie Wiesen
Cara Berkman , Doug Hodo , Cody Carlson , Julie Wiesen
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Jeff Pennington, Melissa Baldwin, Peggy Kostial, Kenny Baldwin
Jeff Pennington , Melissa Baldwin , Peggy Kostial , Kenny Baldwin Photo by Cg Nze
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Herasmo Castillo, Kenny Baldwin, Rodney Ray
Herasmo Castillo , Kenny Baldwin , Rodney Ray Photo by Cg Nze
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Dan Pastorini, Shern-Min Chow
Dan Pastorini , Shern-Min Chow
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Bo Porter, Stacey Porter, Dave Dravecky
Bo Porter , Stacey Porter , Dave Dravecky
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Beth Tilney, Aimee Snoots
Beth Tilney , Aimee Snoots
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Alan Smith, Michelle Smith
Alan Smith , Michelle Smith Photo by Cg Nze
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Elsa DelGado and the Toros Baseball Team
The kids who benefit from SpringSpirit Baseball programs. Elsa DelGado Photo by Cg Nze
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Steve Schwarzbach, Lance Berkman, Angela Schwarzbach, Steve Schwarzbach Jr.
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Dave Dravecky, Gregg Matte, Jeff Pennington
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Cara Berkman, Doug Hodo, Cody Carlson, Julie Wiesen
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Jeff Pennington, Melissa Baldwin, Peggy Kostial, Kenny Baldwin
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Herasmo Castillo, Kenny Baldwin, Rodney Ray
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Dan Pastorini, Shern-Min Chow
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Bo Porter, Stacey Porter, Dave Dravecky
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Beth Tilney, Aimee Snoots
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Alan Smith, Michelle Smith
Spring Spirit Baseball event, February 2013, Elsa DelGado and the Toros Baseball Team

It's fast becoming a popular tradition in Houston — the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast of Champions. Only in its third year of kicking off the baseball season, the annual fundraiser brings out a coterie of who's who, including sports notables.

For the bacon-and-eggs benefit, the River Oaks Country Club ballroom was filled with politicos, TV news personalities and sports figures including new Texas Ranger Lance Berkman. The latter served as honorary co-chair along with his wife, Cara. Taking the lead as breakfast chairs were Melissa and Kenny Baldwin and Aimee and Wynne Snoots.

Headliner was Dave Dravecky, the former MLB pitcher and cancer survivor.

Supporters of the Spring Branch community program for underserved youth included Randolph Adami, KHOU's Butch Alsandor, City Councilwoman Helena Brown, Cody Carlson, Elsa DelGado, Larry Dierker, Gina Gaston, Greg Hurst, Duncan Klussmann, Matt Musil, Dan Pastorini, Bo and Stacey Porter, Terry Puhl, Allan Ramirez and Brenda Stardig.