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HOUSTON ASTROS WIVES
Black Ties & Baseball Caps Gala
Gala co-chair Heather Sampson and Houston Astro Chris Sampson
Gala co-chair Heather Sampson and Houston Astro Chris Sampson.

  Houston Astro Geoff Geary and Gala co-chair Marcia Geary
Houston Astro Geoff Geary and Gala co-chair Marcia Geary.

The Houston Astros Wives 19th Annual Black Ties & Baseball Caps Gala was held on Thursday, July 31, on the field at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  Led by co-chairs Marcia Geary and Heather Sampson, the event included a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and a live auction.

The annual fundraiser benefits the Houston Area Women's Center. Since the first Gala in the early 1990s, Astros Wives have raised more than $3 million for the Center which provides a safe environment for victims of domestic and sexual violence in Houston. This year 550 guests helped raised $500,000 for the Center.

Honorary chairmen for the evening were Drayton and Elizabeth McLane. Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton served as emcee and Vikki Vines was the auctioneer. The 2008 fundraiser was generously underwritten by Continental Airlines, Gregg Perkin/Engineering Partners, Int'l., Beverly Wren, Greg Miller/Pipeline Inspections, Dee Dee and Wallis Marsh, Kellie and John Weinzierl, Steve and Sheila Miller Foundation and Mrs. Sybil Roos.

Pam Gardner, Gala honorary chairmen Elizabeth and Drayton McLane
Pam Gardner, Gala honorary chairmen Elizabeth and Drayton McLane.

  Houston Astro Carlos Lee
Houston Astro Carlos Lee.

Houston Astros manager Cecil Cooper, Alesandra Tejada and Houston Astro  Miguel Tejada
Houston Astros manager Cecil Cooper, Alesandra Tejada and Houston Astro Miguel Tejada.

Mona Arnold, Fred Arnold
Mona and Fred Arnold.

  Tal Smith, Johnnie Smith
Tal and Johnnie Smith.

Nicole Oswalt and Houston Astro Roy Oswalt
Nicole Oswalt and Houston Astro Roy Oswalt.

Houston Astro Lance Berkman and Cara Berkman
Houston Astro Lance Berkman and
Cara Berkman.

  Dana Kohler and Houston Astro Brandon Backe
Dana Kohler and Houston Astro Brandon Backe.

Houston Astros Geoff Geary, Geoff Blum, Brian Moehler and Darin Erstad
Houston Astros Geoff Geary, Geoff Blum, Brian Moehler and Darin Erstad.

Houston Astro Hunter Pence and Terrie Barr
Houston Astro Hunter Pence and Terrie Barr.

  Kory Blum, Liz Ausmus and Deana Moehler
Kory Blum, Liz Ausmus and Deana Moehler.

Jerry and Beth Eaton
Jerry and Beth Eaton.

Kristi Eaton and Philip Beavers
Kristi Eaton and Philip Beavers.

  Bret and Kathy Aldridge
Bret and Kathy Aldridge.

Houston Astros Geoff Blum, Brad Ausmus and Brian Moehler
Houston Astros Geoff Blum, Brad Ausmus and Brian Moehler.

Linda Riehl and Aimee Coates
Linda Riehl and Aimee Coates.

Photos: PWL Studio
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