Astros hosting Feast of Thanks

On Saturday, November 12, the Astros will welcome approximately 50 hard-working families to their home, Minute Maid Park, for a Feast of Thanks. Families will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, games, family activities and autograph opportunities with pitcher Bud Norris and first base coach Bobby Meacham.

The families will arrive at Minute Maid Park for this unique event at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with games and autographs scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Each child will also receive an Astros goodie bag and each family will receive a grocery bag of food for making their own Thanksgiving meal, courtesy of ConocoPhilllips Black Employee Network and the Houston Area Urban League.

"The Astros understand that many families are working incredibly hard to make ends meet, especially during these persistently difficult economic times. We want these families to know that we are aware of their struggles and are proud of their efforts to provide a happy and stable family life," said Marian Harper, Astros vice president foundation development. "Our goal for Feast of Thanks is to provide families time together to celebrate each other while also drawing attention to the wide spread challenges of many in hopes that our community will continue to help those in need."

The Astros Feast of Thanks event, held in the Union Station lobby, celebrates life's blessings of family, food and fun. In addition, it highlights the ongoing assistance needed from the community to support low-income families.

"We are thankful for our partnership with the Houston Astros and ConocoPhillips Black Employee Network. Because of their concern and generosity, families struggling to place meals on the table will benefit from the impact of our efforts during the Feast of Thanks", said Judson W. Robinson, III, Houston Area Urban League president and CEO.

The Astros Feast of Thanks comes at the beginning of national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 12-20) and promotes the simple message that in both big and small ways, anyone can help make a difference in the effort to end hunger and homelessness in Houston.

Astros in the Community
The Houston Astros consider being a meaningful part of the community just as important as throwing strikes and hitting home runs. Throughout the year, Astros players, broadcasters, alumni and staff partner with a myriad of non-profit and civic groups around the region to help make the community a better place to live.

Astros In Action Foundation
The Astros In Action Foundation has been "Fielding the Dreams of Houston" since it was established in 2000, during the Astros inaugural season at Minute Maid Park. The mission of the foundation is to use the strength of the National Pastime to enhance the quality of life in the community through educational, health, and spiritual endeavors. During the past 11 years, the Astros In Action Foundation has helped thousands of community groups and organizations throughout the Houston area.

Houston Area Urban League
The Houston Area Urban League was founded in 1968 and its mission is to enable African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. For more information on The Houston Area Urban League, visit www.haul.org.