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Jan. 19, 2015

Woody's Winter Warm-Up successfully raises over $100,000 for WFF's 'Pitch In' program

Retired baseball pitcher Kerry Wood kicked off the 2015 Cubs Convention weekend with his annual Woody's Winter Warm-Up fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 16, at the new Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant and Chicago Sports Museum. Approximately 550 fans, supporters and celebrity friends were in attendance and raised over $100,000 for the Wood Family Foundation's "Pitch In" program.

Emceed by WTMX radio personalities Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart, the Warm-Up featured musical performances by the Plain White T's and DJ Matt Roan. Guests enjoyed "meet and greet" opportunities with players, a premium open bar, food stations and raffle. The silent auction featured a home makeover, behind the scenes at Comcast Sportsnet, first pitch at Wrigley and a wagon full of 70 bottles of spirits. The live auction's Ultimate Cubs Experience package went for $12,500 and included two game tickets in Theo Epstein's private box at Wrigley Field and a 7th inning stretch' sing-a-long with Kerry.

"This is one of our favorite events to host, and with the new location, guests were able to enjoy music as well as the interactive games in the Chicago Sports Museum," explains Kerry.

Chicago Cubs (past and present), local celebrities and media personalities served as "guest-bartenders," mixing drinks and competing for tips while also challenging guests in the Museum's interactive games. Those in attendance included: members and coaches of the 2015 Cubs team including Jon Lester, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Jake Arrieta, former players Mark DeRosa, Bob Howry, and team executives Tom Ricketts (Co-owner), Laura Ricketts (Co-owner), Theo Epstein (President), Jed Hoyer (Exec VP) and Crane Kenney (President of Business Operations). Additionally, Ron Kittle (former White Sox), Chris Ritter (Chicago Fire), LaRoyce Hawkins (Chicago P.D.), TJ Zizzo (Top Fuel driver), Paul Blair (DJ White Shadow), Jerry Hester (former University of Illinois basketball star), Jarrett Payton (philanthropist), John Vincent (Ditka's), Dino Kourelis (Lovehammers), Bobby Kourelis (Lovehammers), Ryan Chiaverini (Windy City LIVE), Sarah Spain (ESPN Radio), Kelly Crull (Comcast), Kip Lewis (Comcast), Jane Monzures (WGN Radio), Pete McMurray (WGN Radio), Showbiz Shelly (B96), JNiice (B96), Lisa Fielding (WBBM-AM), Brendan Greeley (Steve Dahl Show) and DC Crenshaw.

"The money raised from this event enables us to grow Pitch In, our after-school, mentoring program, so that we can continue to support students at Lawndale Community Academy," explains Sarah Wood.

"Wood Family Foundation (WFF) is a non-profit 501c3 organization that was founded in June 2011 by Cubs 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.


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