For The Win

Former Astros great helps Young Life score big at Get In The Game gala, raising $800,000

Former Astros great helps Young Life score big at Get In The Game gala

Lance Berkman at Young Life Gala
Lance Berkman. Photo by Dave Rossman
Young Life, Kayla Lewis, Rusty Walter, Paula Walter
Rich and Kayla Lewis, Rusty and Paula Walter. Photo by Dave Rossman
Young Life Gala Melissa Roberts, Matt Roberts
Melissa and Matt Roberts. Photo by Dave Rossman
Diana Wisdom, Jack Wisdom at Young Life Gala
Diana and Jack Wisdom. Photo by Dave Rossman
Young Life Gal, Lance Berkman, Patti Elliott, Vince Elliott.
Lance Berkman with chairs Patti and Vince Elliott. Photo by Dave Rossman
Young Life Gala, Jenny Gottschalk, Tom Gottschalk
Jenny and Tom Gottschalk. Photo by Dave Rossman
Young Life Gala, Karen Crager, Bruce Crager
Karen and Bruce Crager. Photo by Dave Rossman
Young Life Gala, Linda Wilson, Tom Wilson
Linda and Tom Wilson. Photo by Dave Rossman
Young Life Gala, Martha Hunt,  Jim Hunt
Martha and Jim Hunt. Photo by Dave Rossman
Young Life Gala, Muriel Kruger, Steve Kruger
Muriel and Steve Kruger. Photo by Dave Rossman
Young Life Gala, Patsy Bailery, Malcolm Bailey
Patsy and Malcolm Bailey. Photo by Dave Rossman
Young Life Gala, Doris Looper, Terry Looper
Doris and Terry Looper. Photo by Dave Rossman
Lance Berkman at Young Life Gala
Young Life, Kayla Lewis, Rusty Walter, Paula Walter
Young Life Gala Melissa Roberts, Matt Roberts
Diana Wisdom, Jack Wisdom at Young Life Gala
Young Life Gal, Lance Berkman, Patti Elliott, Vince Elliott.
Young Life Gala, Jenny Gottschalk, Tom Gottschalk
Young Life Gala, Karen Crager, Bruce Crager
Young Life Gala, Linda Wilson, Tom Wilson
Young Life Gala, Martha Hunt,  Jim Hunt
Young Life Gala, Muriel Kruger, Steve Kruger
Young Life Gala, Patsy Bailery, Malcolm Bailey
Young Life Gala, Doris Looper, Terry Looper

What: Get in the Game for Young Life.

Where: The Houstonian Hotel.

The scoop: Talk about a grand slam. More than 330 Young Life supporters showed their support for Young Life's Houston Urban Multicultural Ministry Thursday, during its annual event featuring retired baseball great Lance Berkman. The Houston Urban Multicultural Ministry focuses on helping kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically depressed areas throughout Houston.

The former Houston Astros and Rice Owl player shared stories of faith, baseball and family and how to help young people along the path of life. Even though Berkman has been retired from the major leagues for three years, he told the crowd that he’s still adjusting to life outside professional baseball, but is grateful for the opportunity to coach baseball at Second Baptist.

Chairmen Patti and Vince Elliott were joined by honorary chairmen Doris and Terry Looper, Sherry and Jim Smith and Kim and Chuck Watson in the successful evening, which raised more that $800,000.

Who: Cheering on the home team were Martha and Jim Hunt, Janet and Tom Walker, Diana and Jack Wisdom, Paula and Rusty Walter, and Alice and Frank McWilliams.