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04/27/2010 2:56 PM ET
McCormick Foundation's Cubs Care donates more than $1 million to Chicago area non-profits
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CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today teamed up with the McCormick Foundation to announce more than $1 million in donations to nearly 50 non-profit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area. This marks the sixth consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated to the community through Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation.

"We're extremely proud of the effort to give back to our fans and to help those in our community who need assistance, especially in these challenging economic times," said Cubs owner Laura Ricketts. "On behalf of the Cubs, our family applauds the work of the organizations receiving grants today who provide so many tremendous programs and services to meet the needs of individuals and families throughout Chicago."

"Chicago is filled with passionate fans and caring neighbors," said David Hiller, president and CEO of the McCormick Foundation. "We are honored to join with the Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts family to support the work of these amazing community organizations."

Cubs Care has donated more than $15 million to Chicago non-profit organizations since 1991. Wrigley Field events such as "Meet the Team, Have a Ball," and "Hey Dad, Wanna Have a Catch," along with activities such as the Cubs Convention, online auctions and private donations have helped raise funds for these efforts. Proceeds from events are matched 50 cents on the dollar by the McCormick Foundation to help make these grants possible.

The 2010 grants include $274,000 to the Chicago Park District to provide funding for more than 9,500 low-income and special needs youth to play baseball this summer. Donations also help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago to support a site-based mentoring program at a nearby Boys and Girls Club location, and the Chicago Public Library Foundation ($50,000) to support the Family Summer Reading program, a high-impact summer reading initiative to keep Chicago's children reading and learning over the summer.

Other organizations receiving grants include:

Advocate Charitable Foundation
Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House
Belle Center of Chicago
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Casa Central
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Center on Halsted
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
Chicago Park District
Chicago Public Library
Children's Memorial Hospital
Children's Place Association
Connections for Abused Women and their Children
Counseling Center of Lake View
Crisis Center for South Suburbia
Deborah's Place
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
GiGi's Playhouse
Gilda's Club Chicago
Girls in the Game
House of the Good Shepherd
Housing Opportunities for Women
Howard Brown Health Center
Inspiration Corporation
Korean American Women in Need
Lake View YMCA
Lakeview HS Scholarship
Lakeview Pantry
Lincoln Park Community Shelter
Little City Foundation
Mary Crane League
Mujeres Latinas en Acción
National Runaway Switchboard
Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club
Neopolitan Lighthouse
Night Ministry
North Side Housing and Supportive Services
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Saint Joseph Hospital
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs
YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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