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Cancellation Of Astros Wives' Gala Sparks Uproar; Team Cites Expenses As Reason

The Astros Wives' Black Ties & Baseball Caps Gala is "no more," and it "did not go quietly amid an uproar on social media," according to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Two "key factors led to the demise of the annual event: The Astros Wives Organization lost its unofficial backing of the Astros, who are focusing their charitable foundation in other areas, and the group was faced with a younger baseball team with fewer spouses to carry the torch." The Astros Wives Organization is a nonprofit group "not technically affiliated with the club," although its events were "promoted on the Astros’ website" as recently as '11. As public opinion on social media "was turning against the Astros, the team released statements that questioned the integrity of the wives organization." Team VP/Community Relations and Astros in Action Foundation Exec Dir Meg Vaillancourt said, "We learned that in recent years, in our opinion, it appeared far too much of the funds raised by the gala seemed to go towards expenses, rather than to the charity" (CHRON.com, 5/14).
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