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Jan. 6, 2012

2012 Cubs Convention heads into extra innings

Woody's Winter Warm-up to feature Cubs players and the Plain White T's

CHICAGO -- Cubs fans, get ready for a new season, new baseball leadership, and the upcoming Cubs Convention! All-Star pitcher Kerry Wood is celebrating with Woody's Winter Warm-up, a Celebrity Mixer on Friday, January 13th from 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. at Harry Caray's Tavern, Navy Pier. Join Kerry as he enlists the help of friends, Cubs players and baseball legends to get behind the bar and serve drinks and food to fans while competing for tips to raise money for the Wood Family Foundation. Confirmed Cubs players include Marlon Byrd, Matt Garza, Geovany Soto, Starlin Castro, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Welington Castillo, Darwin Barney and James Russell. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, baseball legends Ernie Banks and Rick Sutcliffe and former Chicago Bears Richard Dent and Otis Wilson will also be in attendance.*

The evening will be emceed by Windy City Live's Ryan Chiaverini and includes meet and greet opportunities with Cubs players, silent auction, premium open bar, dinner buffet and raffle with all proceeds benefitting the WFF. There will be a special acoustic performance by Chicago's very own Plain White T's who are not only platinum selling Grammy nominated artists, but huge Cubs fans! In addition, there will be an acoustic set by singer-songwriter William Beckett, who has fronted the band The Academy IsÂ… plus Grammy nominated and Chicago-based music producer Paul Blair (aka DJ White Shadow) will be on hand to entertain the crowd with his masterfully blended mix of music.

Tickets for Woody's Winter Warm-up are $150 per person or fans can reserve a booth for four people for $1,000 (includes tableside cocktail service). Parking is available for $10 after 5:00 p.m. at the Navy Pier Garage. For additional information or ticket sales please email Kevin Mitchell at

*Note: Talent scheduled to attend are subject to change.

About the Wood Family Foundation: The Wood Family Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in June 2011 by pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for children's charities and the causes they support. The WFF acts as an advocate for children in the Chicago community, inspiring others to join them in their mission of giving children the resources they need to succeed.

About Harry Caray's Tavern, Navy Pier: Located near the main entrance to Navy Pier, Harry Caray's Tavern's waterfront location, family friendly menu and Chicago's premier sports museum combine to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience for guests of all ages. The mahogany paneled walls and beautifully crafted display cabinets feature a rotating collection of museum-quality sports memorabilia, including an extensive collection of artifacts, photographs and vintage newspapers celebrating Chicago sports legends, past and present. The restaurant also boasts a slew of celebrity investors, including Jeremy Piven, Harold Ramis and James Denton alongside sports greats Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, Geovany Soto, Aramis Ramirez, Patrick Kane, Bobby Hull, Marv Levy, Richard Dent and Harry's wife, Dutchie Caray.


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