• Astros in the community
"It's just two Astros teammates coming together that want to give back to the Houston community, and we thought it would be good to do an event together and shine the spotlight on some awesome causes," said McCullers, who was joined by his wife, Kara.
The Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation, a non-profit organization managed by Athletes and Causes, supports pet shelters in Houston. Meanwhile, Altuve unveiled the Jose Altuve Foundation, which on Thursday was raising money to support the Sunshine Kids, a foundation that benefits kids with cancer.
"I'm very proud of this first event and be with Lance and my teammates," said Altuve, who was escorted by his wife, Nina. "It is great and I appreciate his support and everybody that is here."
The star-studded event include Astros players Dallas Keuchel, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Charlie Morton, Collin McHugh and Joe Musgrove, pitching coach Brent Strom and Hall of Fame second baseman Craig Biggio, who's a national spokesman for the Sunshine Kids.
The players mingled with fans who paid to attend the event. What's more, there were pieces of art, autographed merchandise and other items up for auction, including dinners with Altuve and McCullers and tickets to an upcoming game.
"It's real important to get the help from us and I'm really happy to be doing this event," Altuve said. "I know everybody that is going to be coming here is going to be doing it with a purpose. It's not just to be here, it's to help the Sunshine Kids and Lance's foundation, and hopefully we're going to do more stuff like this."
The goal of the Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation is to invest time and resources into the promotion of pet adoptions, raising awareness for shelters and programs, and promote adoption over euthanizing. Several adoptions dogs were at the event Thursday.
"Animals and dogs, in particular, are really close to my heart," McCullers said. "I grew up with a lot of animals throughout my life, and I have adopted two of them as well. I think the love and the purpose they bring and the fact that you think you're saving an animal, but they're kind of saving you in a way.
"I want to get the message out there, man, that there's a lot of dogs and you don't have to go to a breeder, you don't have to go to a puppy store. There are plenty of dogs right down the street that are from here in Houston that for just $100, $200, you change their life."