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Astros stars take a night off from baseball to team up for kids and canines

Astros stars take night off from baseball to team up for kids, canines

Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Jose Altuve, Craig Biggio, Lance McCullers Jr.
Jose Altuve, Craig Biggio, Lance McCullers Jr. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Charlise Castro, George Springer
Charlise Castro, George Springer. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Astros cheerleaders Kayla Vittori, Amanda Myers
Astros cheerleaders Kayla Vittori, Amanda Myers.  Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Carlos Correa, Daniella Rodriguez
Daniella Rodriguez, Carlos Correa. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Avi Laxmidas, Greg Mancz, Ashtyn Rivet, Joe Francisco
Avi Laxmidas, Greg Mancz, Ashtyn Rivet, Joe Francisco. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Bryan and Jennifer Caswell
Bryan Caswell, Jennifer Caswell. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Joe Musgrove
Joe Musgrove. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr.
Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Jim Weiss, Nick Scurfield
Jim Weiss, Nick Scurfield. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Houston Astros, Mike Fiers
Mike Fiers. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Nina Altuve, Jose Altuve
Nina Altuve, Jose Altuve. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Crystle Stewart, Max Sebrechts
Crystle Stewart, Max Sebrechts. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Kara McCullers, Lance McCullers Jr.
Kara McCullers, Lance McCullers Jr. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Jaclyn Bracamonte
Jaclyn Bracamonte and Spring, the dog.  Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Brittany Perry, Jake Marisnick
Brittany Perry, Jake Marisnick. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Caroline Harris, Will Harris
Caroline Harris, Will Harris. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Fady Armanious, Vivian Wise
Fady Armanious, Vivian Wise. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Kelli Wienzierl, John Wienzierl
Kelli Wienzierl, John Wienzierl. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Nicole Eschenfelder, Kevin Eschenfelder
Nicole Eschenfelder, Kevin Eschenfelder. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Audrey Mooney, Ryan Mooney
Audrey Mooney, Ryan Mooney. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Jose Altuve, Craig Biggio, Lance McCullers Jr.
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Charlise Castro, George Springer
Houston, Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Astros cheerleaders Kayla Vittori, Amanda Myers
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Carlos Correa, Daniella Rodriguez
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Avi Laxmidas, Greg Mancz, Ashtyn Rivet, Joe Francisco
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Bryan and Jennifer Caswell
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Joe Musgrove
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr.
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Jim Weiss, Nick Scurfield
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Houston Astros, Mike Fiers
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Nina Altuve, Jose Altuve
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Crystle Stewart, Max Sebrechts
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Kara McCullers, Lance McCullers Jr.
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Jaclyn Bracamonte
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Brittany Perry, Jake Marisnick
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Caroline Harris, Will Harris
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Fady Armanious, Vivian Wise
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Kelli Wienzierl, John Wienzierl
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Nicole Eschenfelder, Kevin Eschenfelder
Houston, Lance McCullers Jr. and José Altuve Team Up For Kids and K9s, May 2017, Audrey Mooney, Ryan Mooney

On their night off from a winning baseball season, Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and second baseman Jose Altuve teamed up to host a fundraiser benefiting their respective foundations at Upper Kirby retailer, Tootsies. And they got a little help from some of their friends as Carlos Correa, Joe Musgrove, Cy Young Award-winner Dallas Keuchel, George Springer, Alex Bregman, and Mike Fiers from the division-leading American League Astros turned out to support their teammates.

Also lending their support were Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, Houston Texans center Greg Mancz, Astros president Reid Ryan, and Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.

To the delight of those in attendance, the stars all mingled with the crowd, giving guests plenty of opportunity to chat and take selfies with their favorite sports figure.

Partygoers also mingled with pups up for adoption from BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions and Houston Pets Alive, while they enjoyed savory bites from chef Bryan Caswell’s restaurants (Little Big’s, El Real, Jackson Street BBQ), PDQ, Coppa Osteria, and Coltivare), and sips from Tito’s Vodka, Hudson Baby Bourbon, Hudson Manhattan Rye Bourbon, Hendricks Gin, and Ruffino sparkling rosé.

A bar and lounge area on the back patio offered top-notch Scotch labels and a cigars from Heights Cigar Lounge.

The more than $100,000 raised from the evening go to the Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation, a nonprofit that invests time and resources into the promotion of pet adoptions, raising awareness for shelters and programs, and continuing the journey to a no-kill world, and to the José Altuve Foundation, with the funds designated to benefit The Sunshine Kids Foundation, which provides free programs and events for children who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across the United States and North America.

"It's important for us to be able to give back to the community. And I think it's cool in this case because we both really enjoy living here (in Houston)— and actually live here full time. Houston has given us a lot and we want to reciprocate," McCullers explained.

Enjoying the evening were Mix 96.5’s Sarah Pepper, who served as event emcee, and Lauren Finkelstein, Jim Weiss, Hallie Vanderhider, Vivian Wise, Nick Scurfield, Jennifer Caswell, Marsha and Jeff Tucker, Laura Medard, Kim Padgett, Sonia Soto, Joanna and Brad Marks, Heather Staible, Lorena Gamo, Yesely Love, and Morgan Goen Kaldis and Andrew Kaldis.