Mixing baseball with a fun-filled night of bowling in the name of charity, Houston Astro George Springer hosted his second annual All-Star Bowling benefit Thursday at downtown’s Lucky Strike Houston.
More than 200 guests struck up a good time while raising over $100,000 for The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY). Proceeds from the event will send children from families-in-need to Camp SAY, a summer camp for young people who stutter. The worthy cause holds a special place in Springer’s heart; the Major League player and national spokesperson for Camp SAY has dealt with and overcame a serious stutter.
Kicking off the evening, executive director of SAY Noah Cornman warmed up the crowd with a few words about the non-profit. Cornman was followed by Taro Alexander, founder of SAY, who also shared some inspiring words.
The event kicked into full swing when everyone hit the lanes to bowl. Amid rolling strikes and spares, the crowd feasted on chicken bites, burger sliders, coconut shrimp, and more. Everyone went home a winner thanks to partying gifts that included Mister French’s Gourmet Bakery cookies and a gold medal.
The right fielder got major support from some heavy hitters, including several teammates: Scott Feldman, Mike Fiers, Lance McCullers, Jose Altuve, Tony Kemp, and Jake Marisnick, along with Astros owner Jim Crane and president of business operations Reid Ryan.
Houston Astros Carlos Correa, KPRC radio host Michael Garfield, former Houston Oiler Haywood Jeffires, KPRC radio host Steve Johnson, KTRK’s David Nuno, former Houston Texan Chester Pitts, former New York Yankee Vernon Wells, and KBME radio host Lance Zierlein served as celebrity lane captains.
Also scoring big in the name of charity were: Lara Bell, Laurette Veres, Rob Todd, Guy Yount, State Representative Carol Alvarado, Roy Marsh, Melissa and Mano DeAyala, Johanna and Mike Chryssikos, Lackland Bloom III, Liz and Dave Unger, Edward Brown, Greg Genske, Kenny Felder, Russ Spielman, Justin Ellerton and Leo Hamel.