April 4, 2012
Kerry celebrates Opening Day with 'sweet' news
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs' Opening Day is April's biggest unofficial holiday, and one players is celebrating in a unique way: with a cupcake.
Last night, Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood enlisted the help of his wife, Sarah, for some last minute baking at Swirlz Cupcakes in Lincoln Park (705 W. Belden Ave). Together, they put the finishing touches on his official cupcake that launches today in support of the Wood Family Foundation. Until May 5th, Swirlz Cupcakes will offer the WFF cupcake for $3.50 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Foundation.
The featured cupcake is red velvet made from delicious southern buttermilk cake with a touch of brute cocoa and topped with cream cheese and whipped Italian buttercream.
"What a 'sweet' way to launch into our season with my favorite flavored cupcake!" said Wood. "Thanks to Swirlz for their enthusiasm and support, and we hope that Chicagoans will stop by and grab a red velvet to celebrate the baseball season and support our Foundation."In addition, Wood is also announcing the ticket sale kick-off for his 7th Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 27, at 10pin Bowling Lounge in Chicago. The red-hot event features 24 corporate-sponsored teams with assigned celebrity captains to bowl for bragging rights and prizes while enjoying food, cocktails raffles and a live auction. Various members of the Cubs will be on hand to mix drinks and serve as guest bartenders throughout the night.
"Kerry and I are thrilled about Strike Zone as it continues to be our biggest event and the main reason our foundation is able to make such an impact in the city," said Sarah Wood. "The event is a great opportunity for fans to interact with the players and bowl alongside them in an intimate setting. We look forward to seeing past sponsors as well as meeting new ones. It's definitely an event not to be missed!"This year's highlight is sure to be the silent auction, which has garnered an enormous amount of enthusiasm from donors, as well as bidders, in the past. Unlike most, this silent auction will begin online in early June and carry over to the event allowing anyone to participate and support the WFF. There will be one-of-a-kind signed memorabilia, priceless experiences such as throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field, trip packages, private dinners and much more!