Montrose Softball League and Montrose Counseling Center’s fundraiser, Bringing in the Green


00803frontsoftball44The Montrose Softball League, one of the largest gay sports organizations in the state, has been batting and balling since 1979. Their newest season begins March 30 with a record-setting abundance of men’s and women’s teams — 28 this year — competing against each other. • But the league is about much more than some 448 men and women playing softball, insists league publicity chair Anthony Fry, who is pictured here (on the left) with fellow leaguer, Julie Tyree. “It’s not about skill level,” Fry says. “It’s about making relationships and friendships that last a lifetime.” • Exhibiting admirable sportspersonship, each year MSL helps support the community it plays in. The 2008 beneficiaries are the Houston GLBT Community Center and Legacy Community Health Services. • The teams play ball each Sunday through June at the newly renovated Slo-Pitch City in north Houston. Details: www.montrosesoftballleague.com.

Photographed by Henry Yau



On March 14, Montrose Counseling Center throws one of its favorite fundraisers, Bringing in the Green. Center supporters John Danielson III (left) once again hosts the 5:30–8:30 p.m. party at his home, and Dwane Todd (right) provides sustenance. Suggested donation is $30, or $25 for seniors (details: 713/529-0037, www.montrosecounselingcenter.org). • Historically, Bringing in the Green was a favorite event of one of the center’s long-time supporters, Jack Jackson, who died in 2006. This year, partygoers are encouraged to continue honoring Jackson’s tradition of dressing as a leprechaun and soliciting donations by affixing contributions to a special leprechaun display. • The center hopes to raise at least $20,000 with the event, with funds financing renovation of first floor of the center’s building at 401 Branard. • “I love the new building, and our clients love it, too,” says community projects specialist Sally Huffer. “We’ve already started construction on the first floor, which will be the community floor.” Huffer says she expects first-floor renovation to be complete in two to three months, just in time for Pride season in June.

Photographed by John Conroy

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