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Woman’s Center Says It’ll Be Fine Without Astros Support

A local women's center says it's confident it will find more funding after the Houston Astros ended a 23-year fundraising partnership earlier this year.


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Since 1990, the Houston Astros Wives organization, a charitable arm of the Astros, has held a gala in August, with proceeds from the fundraiser going to support the Houston Area Women’s Center. Over that period, the center, which assists abused women, was given around $4 million by the Astros Wives. That relationship ended in February when the club told the Women’s Center that the gala wouldn’t happen this year.

Rebecca White is the center’s president and CEO. 

“We have a lot of other donors that we can go to. I don’t know that we have anyone identified that we can go to and say how about $250,000? But when you put a lot of support together, we are confident that we can make that hole up and we know that Houston is a very generous community.”

White says the Women’s Center has appreciated the support of the Astros Wives over the years and chose not to talk about the end of the relationship when it happened earlier this year.

“We made a conscious decision not to go public with it out of respect for the great partnership we had with the Astros franchise and we wish them absolutely no harm. They made a decision and we respect that.”
The Astros have said they’ll instead focus their charitable efforts on youth baseball programs. White says the Women’s Center has already gotten calls this week from charities who want to help fill the funding gap.