August 1, 2012
Kerry supports families at HopeFest
Annual Humboldt Park event aids in school year preparation
CHICAGO -- Retired Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood is still working, only his mission is one of charity and support for Chicago-area kids. On Saturday, July 28, he and wife, Sarah, on behalf of the Wood Family Foundation, joined New Life Covenant Church, Norwegian American Hospital and PepsiCo at HopeFest in Humboldt Park. This annual event provides families in need with free groceries, school supplies, backpacks, immunizations, eye exams, dental cleanings, haircuts and more.
The Woods, alongside WFF volunteers and Governor Pat Quinn, passed out school-supply kits to more than 5,000 kids.
"Sarah and I loved being a part of HopeFest and helping prepare CPS kids for the upcoming academic year with school-supply kits. Seeing their excitement was priceless," Wood said.
HopeFest has served the Humboldt Park community annually since 2006, where it began as a ministry outreach for New Life Church. The goal is to ensure all attendees have everything they need to get ready for the upcoming school year. Other officials in attendance included Eddie Reyes (Cook County Commissioner), Willie Montes de Oca (CPS School Relations), Alfonza Wysing (First Deputy Chicago Police Department), Maggie Martinez (Block Club Federation), Billy Ocasio (State of Illinois, IHDA Representative) and Cynthia Soto (Illinois State Representative).
About the Wood Family Foundation: Wood Family Foundation (WFF) is a non-profit organization that was founded in June 2011 by Chicago Cub's 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 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.