Holiday Shopping Card

After Jose Altuve joined Holiday Shopping Card kickoff, the Astros' fortunes changed

Altuve joins Holiday Shopping Card kickoff and Astros' fortunes change

Holiday Shopping Card, Brad Wander, Diana Wander, Jose Altuve, Brian Teichman, Andrew Cordes
Brad Wander, Diana Wander, Jose Altuve, Brian Teichman, Andrew Cordes. Priscilla Dickson Photography
Miss Teen Houston 2017 Yasmine Moussa, Miss Houston Hannah Johannes at Holiday Shopping Card
Miss Teen Houston Yasmine Moussa, Miss Houston Hannah Johannes. Priscilla Dickson Photography
Costume characters at Holiday Shopping Card
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Costume characters from J&D Entertainment. Priscilla Dickson Photography
Angel Rios, Andy Cerota, Richard Flowers at Holiday Shopping Card
Angel Rios, Andy Cerota, Richard Flowers. Priscilla Dickson Photography
Texans Cheerleaders and Toro at Holiday Shopping Card
The Texans cheerleaders and Toro joined in the celebration. Priscilla Dickson Photography
Trent DeClaire, Chris DeClaire, Laurie DeClaire and Patrick DeClaire at Holiday Shopping Card
Trent DeClaire, Chris DeClaire, Laurie DeClaire, Patrick DeClaire. Priscilla Dickson Photography
EJ Farhood, Don Langston at Holiday Shopping Card
EJ Farhood, Don Langston. Priscilla Dickson Photography
Holiday Shopping Card Bobby and Weezy Dees
Bobby Dees, Weezy Dees. Priscilla Dickson Photography
Holiday Shopping Card, Brad Wander, Diana Wander, Jose Altuve, Brian Teichman, Andrew Cordes
Miss Teen Houston 2017 Yasmine Moussa, Miss Houston Hannah Johannes at Holiday Shopping Card
Costume characters at Holiday Shopping Card
Angel Rios, Andy Cerota, Richard Flowers at Holiday Shopping Card
Texans Cheerleaders and Toro at Holiday Shopping Card
Trent DeClaire, Chris DeClaire, Laurie DeClaire and Patrick DeClaire at Holiday Shopping Card
EJ Farhood, Don Langston at Holiday Shopping Card
Holiday Shopping Card Bobby and Weezy Dees

Maybe the Holiday Shopping Card brought the Houston Astros good luck. After losing three straight games to the New York Yankees in the ALCS, the Astros headed home and star second baseman Jose Altuve headed to Highland Village Thursday where a kickoff party to tout the shopping card that benefits the American Cancer Society was going on.

And suddenly the team's fortunes changed as they swept the Yankees in the final two games to advance to the World Series on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Altuve, who happened to be picking up dinner at Escalantes in the shopping center when he noticed the event, joined Grammy-nominated singer Mary Griffin, American Idol alum Vincent Power, the Texans cheerleaders and mascot, Toro the Bull, Miss Teen Houston Yasmine Moussa, and Miss Houston Hannah Johannes to celebrate the launch with live music and a fireworks show.

Singer Bubba McNeely entertained the audience from a stage in the parking lot near the JCrew store while whimsical costumed characters and aerialists from J&D Entertainment kept guests in the holiday spirit. KPRC anchor Andy Cerota welcomed the crowd, who had the opportunity to do some shopping at stores who honor the Holiday Shopping Card.

With the card, shoppers can receive a 20 percent discount at more than 500 participating retailers between now and October 29. The card can be purchased for $75 online at www.holidayshoppingcard.org or at participating area merchants.

Victory, a volunteer fundraising branch of the American Cancer Society, has raised more than $15 million through the sale of the card over the last two decades.

Seen in the crowd were Bobby and Weezy Dees, Angel Rios and Richard Flowers, Brian Teichman and Andrew Cordes, Brad and Diana Wander, EJ Farhood, Don Langston, Hannah McNair, Raquel Lewis, Katherine Pulse, Sharon Hawkins, and Chris and Laurie DeClaire, with sons Patrick and Trent.