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Texas Rangers score $1.85 million at charity gala starring Darius Rucker

Texas Rangers score $1.85M at charity gala starring Darius Rucker

Texas Rangers Six Shooters
Texas Rangers Six Shooters were there to cheer with the crowd. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Ivan Rodriguez, Darius Rucker
Ivan Rodriguez, Darius Rucker Photo by Bailey Orr
Brock Burke, Katie Wilson
Brock Burke, Katie Wilson Photo by Bailey Orr
Tex Gala 2022
Guests donned their Texas Rangers' red, white, and blue. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Emily Jones
Emily Jones speaks to the crowd. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Kole & Jennifer Calhoun
Kole and Jennifer Calhoun Photo by Bailey Orr
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Lots of Rangers memorabilia up for grabs. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Sam Huff & Katie Hess
Sam Huff and Katie Hess Photo by Bailey Orr
Brett & Haley Martin
Brett and Haley Martin Photo by Bailey Orr
Taylor Hearn, Jon Gray, Dane Dunning, Darius Rucker, Neil Leibman
Taylor Hearn, Jon Gray, Dane Dunning, Darius Rucker, Neil Leibman Photo by Bailey Orr
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Guests arrive on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Karin Morris
Rangers VP Karin Morris addresses the room. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Tex Gala 2022
The event was a sell-out. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Jonah & Kenzie Heim
Jonah and Kenzie Heim Photo by Bailey Orr
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The event took place on the field at Globe Life Field. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Nathaniel Lowe & Brenna Karwich
Nathaniel Lowe, Brenna Karwich Photo by Bailey Orr
Ferguson Jenkins
MLB legend Ferguson Jenkins is recognized. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Dane & Rachel Dunning
Dane and Rachel Dunning Photo by Bailey Orr
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Guests look over jerseys being auctioned off. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Ivan Pudge Rodriguez
Rangers legend Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez poses for a photo with a guest. Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers Six Shooters
Ivan Rodriguez, Darius Rucker
Brock Burke, Katie Wilson
Tex Gala 2022
Emily Jones
Kole & Jennifer Calhoun
Tex Gala 2022
Sam Huff & Katie Hess
Brett & Haley Martin
Taylor Hearn, Jon Gray, Dane Dunning, Darius Rucker, Neil Leibman
Tex Gala 2022
Karin Morris
Tex Gala 2022
Jonah & Kenzie Heim
Tex Gala 2022
Nathaniel Lowe & Brenna Karwich
Ferguson Jenkins
Dane & Rachel Dunning
Tex Gala 2022
Ivan Pudge Rodriguez

The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation hit a grand slam with the 2022 TEX Gala, presented by Choctaw Casinos & Resorts at Globe Life Field in Arlington. The second annual event raised $1.85 million for the foundation's community initiatives, $200,000 more than last year's inaugural ball.

About 1,150 guests braved the heat on the evening of Monday, June 20, making the night a sell-out. Many showed their Rangers spirit by donning their best red, white, and blue. 

Rangers players and their wives and significant others in attendance included Brett and Haley MartinBrock Burke and Katie WilsonSam Huff and Katie Hess, Dane and Rachel DunningNathaniel Lowe and Brenna KarwichJonah and Kenzie Heim, and Kole and Jennifer Calhoun.

VIPs started with a private cocktail hour in the Lexus Home Plate Club. Then the masses arrived for a larger cocktail hour, at which they posed at photo booths, purchased Kendra Scott jewelry mystery bags, and played on the Choctaw game tables.

Attendees had the opportunity to bid on terrific live and silent auction items that included exclusive Rangers experiences and an assortment of sports and Hollywood memorabilia. 

A multicourse dinner featuring prime cut beef, chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and an assortment of plated desserts was served on the playing surface of the Rangers' stadium.

Then members of the Rangers organization and foundation — including executives Karin Morris and Neil Leibman, and announcer Emily Jones — took the stage to underscore their mission in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. David Hogg, Sr. talked about his son’s experience at a Texas Rangers Youth Academy, one of the beneficiaries of the gala. 

The Texas Rangers Six Shooters were there to cheer with the crowd throughout the fundraising efforts (like a spirited game of "Heads or Tails").

The highlight of the night was a live performance from three-time Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker. To the delight of fans, he opened with his song "Alright" and ran through his many hits until he ended with a rousing cover of Prince’s "Purple Rain."

Earlier in the day, Texas Rangers players Taylor Hearn, Jon Gray, and Dane Dunning had presented Rucker with a custom powder blue jersey. Rucker also met former MLB and Rangers legends Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez and Ferguson Jenkins.

Since its founding in 1991, the foundation has invested more than $50 million in the community. The nonprofit provides funding for children, the military, first responders and their families, and more.