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Lance Berkman and a horde of sports stars bring home the bacon in Houston: How about a $600,000 breakfast?

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2 Cara and Lance Berkman at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
Cara and Lance Berkman at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast. Photo by © Jack Perry/Perry Video & Photography
7 Melissa DeAyala, from left, Aimee Snoots, John Meredith and Alison Young at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
Melissa DeAyala, from left, Aimee Snoots, John Meredith and Alison Young at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast. Photo by © Jack Perry/Perry Video & Photography
3 Edward Mejia, from left, Digna Mejia, James Mejia, Andrew Mejia, Jeffry Mejia and Bo Porter at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
Edward Mejia, from left, Digna Mejia, James Mejia, Andrew Mejia, Jeffry Mejia and Bo Porter at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast. Photo by © Jack Perry/Perry Video & Photography
8 Oswaldo Gallegos, from left, David Towler, John Meredith and L.A. Wong at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
Oswaldo Gallegos, from left, David Towler, John Meredith and L.A. Wong at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast. Photo by © Jack Perry/Perry Video & Photography
6 Mano DeAyala, from left, Wayne Schaper, Shern-Min Chow and Duncan Klussman at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
Mano DeAyala, from left, Wayne Schaper, Shern-Min Chow and Duncan Klussman at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast. Photo by © Jack Perry/Perry Video & Photography
12 Jim Murphy, from left, Katherine Dawson and Linda Buchman at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
Jim Murphy, from left, Katherine Dawson and Linda Buchman at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast. Photo by © Jack Perry/Perry Video & Photography
10 Reid Ryan, left, and Jim Jackson at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
Reid Ryan, left, and Jim Jackson at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast. Photo by © Jack Perry/Perry Video & Photography
13 Todd Haney, from left, Beth Tilney, Reid Ryan and Aimee Snoots at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
Todd Haney, from left, Beth Tilney, Reid Ryan and Aimee Snoots at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast. Photo by © Jack Perry/Perry Video & Photography
1 Blake McAdams, from left, Peggy Kostial, Melissa Baldwin and Penny McAdams at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
Blake McAdams, from left, Peggy Kostial, Melissa Baldwin and Penny McAdams at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast. Photo by © Jack Perry/Perry Video & Photography
9 Pat Appel, from left, Mark Appel and  Kenny Baldwin at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
Pat Appel, from left, Mark Appel and Kenny Baldwin at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast. Photo by © Jack Perry/Perry Video & Photography
2 Cara and Lance Berkman at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
7 Melissa DeAyala, from left, Aimee Snoots, John Meredith and Alison Young at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
3 Edward Mejia, from left, Digna Mejia, James Mejia, Andrew Mejia, Jeffry Mejia and Bo Porter at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
8 Oswaldo Gallegos, from left, David Towler, John Meredith and L.A. Wong at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
6 Mano DeAyala, from left, Wayne Schaper, Shern-Min Chow and Duncan Klussman at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
12 Jim Murphy, from left, Katherine Dawson and Linda Buchman at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
10 Reid Ryan, left, and Jim Jackson at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
13 Todd Haney, from left, Beth Tilney, Reid Ryan and Aimee Snoots at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
1 Blake McAdams, from left, Peggy Kostial, Melissa Baldwin and Penny McAdams at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014
9 Pat Appel, from left, Mark Appel and  Kenny Baldwin at the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast February 2014

Baseball and breakfast wouldn't be the first combo to come to mind when thinking fundraising for under-served children. But the fourth annual SpringSpirit Baseball's "Breakfast of Champions" married the two in a fundraising event that brought in an amazing $585,000, a figure that even few benefit luncheons achieve.

It could have been the star power behind the event, chairs Cara and Lance Berkman with co-chair Melissa and Mano DeAyala. Or it could have been the noble cause of supporting youth in the north Spring Branch area with community programs including mentoring, sports activities and personal development. Or perhaps it was guest speaker Joe Ehrmann, former NFL defensive star and founder of Coach for America.

Whatever was behind the success, more than 500 guests poured into River Oaks Country Club for bacon, eggs and philanthropy. Sports fans were not disappointed in the turnout that included baseball greats Craig Reynolds, Bo Porter, Tim Belk, Wayne Graham, Reid Ryan, Mark Appel, Kevin Witt, Allan Ramirez, Mark Thurmond, Todd Haney, John Edwards and Tony Metoyer and NFL players Cody Carlson and Doug Dawson.

Supporters of the program that serves hundreds of youngsters aged 4 to 17 included Matt Musil, Pat Appel, Shern-Min Chow, Aimee Snoots, State Rep. Jim Murphy, Steve Schwarzbach, the Rev. Jim Jackson, Kay House and Hugh Phillips as well as a number of youngsters served by the program.

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