1/6 Big Z at Cubs convention

If you’re going to the Cubs Convention Jan. 14-16, you can help some orphaned children in Guatemala and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. For the second straight year, Carlos Zambrano’s “Big Z Foundation” will have a booth at the convention. Anyone making a donation will receive a t-shirt. Fans also will be able to enter a raffle for souvenirs.

Zambrano has a personal motive. The father of three girls, the Cubs pitcher is in the process of adopting a boy from Guatemala. He has gone there each of the last two offseasons to work with a group called Hope of Life, or Esperanza de Vida, which is devoted to promoting educational, medical and spiritual development. During his recent visit, Zambrano not only toured a new hospital that’s part of Hope of Life’s efforts but also helped distribute rice, soup and bread to more than 300 people.

* Are you interested in going to the Cubs Convention? There are still rooms available at the Hilton Chicago. Ask for the Cubs Convention rate, and fans with room reservations can purchase weekend passes for $20 each (limit four per room). In addition, the Cubs are offering a special autographed item to everyone who books a room under the Cubs Convention rate. There will be one item per room while supplies last. Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Hilton Chicago at 312-922-4400.

— Carrie Muskat

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