Jan. 22, 2013
Second Woody's Winter Warm-up a success
More than $96,000 raised for the Wood Family Foundation
CHICAGO -- Retired Chicago Cub Kerry Wood and wife Sarah kicked off Cubs Convention weekend with a successful charity event by raising more than $96,000 for the Wood Family Foundation. The Second Annual Woody's Winter Warm-up took place on Friday, Jan. 18, at Harry Caray's Tavern, Navy Pier featuring meet and greet opportunities with Cubs players, silent auction, premium open bar, dinner buffet and raffle. More than 450 guests were in attendance.
Wood enlisted the help of friends, Cubs players and local celebrities to get behind the bar and serve drinks and food to guests while competing for tips to raise money for the Wood Family Foundation. Participants included Chicago Cubs players Matt Garza, Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro, David DeJesus, Tony Campana, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Stewart, Josh Vitters, Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood and James Russell. In addition, media personalities such as Cheryl Scott, Peggy Kusinski and Stefan Holt (NBC), Kathy Hart and Eric Ferguson (WTMX), Rafer Weigel (ABC), Showbiz Shelley (96.3 FM), Sarah Spain (ESPN Radio), Ryan Chiaverini (Windy City LIVE), Whitney Reynolds (WTTW) and Megan Glaros (CBS) also participated.
Also in attendance were Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, president of business operations Crane Kenney, the Plain White T's Dave Tirio, the Chicago Bears' Nick Roach, NFL free agent Corey Mays and former Cubs Ernie Banks and Jody Davis.
The evening was emceed by radio personalities Pete McMurray and Jane Monzures and included musical performances by singer/songwriter Gina Venier and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason. A special appearance was made by Chi-Town's Finest Breakers, a team of five brothers and sisters who have showcased their breakdancing skills on The Ellen Show and Oprah. DJ Greg Corner, a favorite of President Barack Obama, started and finished the night with some eclectic tunes. The loudest part of the night was close to the end, when Cubs players signed their bartending shirts and began auctioning them off to the crowd.
The auctions, both silent and live, raised more than $18,000 and featured a winning flag signed by the 2011 and '12 Cubs teams, an Ernie Banks signed "W" flag, items autographed by Mike Ditka and experiences at Shedd Aquarium and Wrigley Field that includes batters practice and field photo opportunities.
"Woody's Winter Warm-up is a great kick off to the Cubs Convention weekend. It's an electric atmosphere where you see fans and players mingling," said Wood. "We were amazed by the outpouring of support from the Cubs organization and all the players who came out and worked hard for tips. What a great night!"About the Wood Family Foundation: The WFF is a non-profit organization that was founded in June 2011 by Kerry and Sarah Wood. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for its children's programs and other children's charities 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.