The party must go on. Even though outfielder George Springer is on the road with our first-place Houston Astros, that didn’t stop fans of the rising star baseball player from attending the kick-off party for Springer’s inaugural All-Star Bowling Benefit.
Showing their support, nearly 50 guests packed the swank bar area at the Galleria outpost of Peli Peli. As they sipped mojitos with a South African spin and noshed on bites like chicken sosaties, flatbread and bacon wrapped chicken, they learned more about the upcoming fundraiser's benefactor, Camp SAY (a two-week summer camp for young people who stutter) and about Springer’s involvement.
As a person who dealt with and overcame a serious stutter, Springer is a big fan of Camp SAY. The 25-year-old athlete has joined forces with the charity, recently taking on the role of spokesperson. “I’m thrilled to team up with Camp SAY, and wish that I had an organization like this when I was a kid," he said in a statement.
The bowling event, scheduled for July 20 at downtown’s Lucky Strike, marks Camp SAY’s debut on the Houston charity scene. Participants will bowl for good alongside lane captains including Springer, former Houston Oilers’ player Haywood Jeffires, KHOU sports director Bob Allen, KPRC’s Khambrel Marshall and philanthropist Carolyn Farb.
All proceeds from the All-Star Bowling Benefit will go to The George Springer Kids Fund, which offers young people who stutter financial aid assistance and access to Camp SAY.
Headquartered in New York, SAY is excited to spread the word about its organization here in town. “Houston is great and George is such a presence. (As a result) we’re excited to have more kids from Texas coming to camp,” SAY Executive Director Noah Cornman told CultureMap.
Spotted in the crowd: Eloise Frischkorn, Luis Bauer, Lanny and Debbi Griffith, Megan Pastor, Brad and Melissa Carter, Gary Cohen, Larry Nauss, Mike Haines, Sheila Aron, Roy Murray and Abby Clarke.