HOUSTON, TX – The Astros Foundation Safe at Home Luncheon presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Texas raised approximately $350,000 for the Astros Foundation and its domestic violence awareness efforts on Friday afternoon at the Union Station lobby of Minute Maid Park.
“Really for the intersection of sports, using our voice to bring light to a subject such as domestic violence, I really don’t know if we could do anything better in the community,” said Twila Carter, Executive Director of the Astros Foundation. To bring awareness to domestic violence, promote the awareness, and educate because it’s really all about breaking that cycle.”
“Here we are at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 1, which starts Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we are going to give it the top priority, the top attention. It is an honor to be here today,” said Gloria Terry, Texas Council on Family Violence CEO.
The event kicked off with a reception and luncheon, emceed by Astros AT&T SportsNet sideline reporter Julia Morales Clark. Guest speaker Shari Nightingale also took the stage to share her family’s journey before a live auction and a style show concluded the program.
Special guest attendees included Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and HPD Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite.
The style show by Tootsies featured several wives of Astros players, coaches and staff as runway models. Player wives that participated included Nina Altuve and daughter Melanie, Kat Pressly and Dayara Diaz, while coaches’ wives included Pamela Espada, Brenda Campos Cintron, Liz Collins and Katie Bracamonte. Staff wives included Claudia Meyer, wife of assistant athletic trainer, Lee Meyer and Geri Scarpitto, fiancé of assistant athletic trainer, Jeff Lewis. The style show finale featured Carrie Strom, escorted by her husband and Astros pitching coach Brent Strom.