1/3 Dempster & Wood charity events

Next week you can help out Ryan Dempster’s and Kerry Wood’s foundations. On Jan. 12, the Dempster Foundation will host the ultimate pizza party at D’Agostino’s in Wrigleyville. There will be a silent auction, a chance to mingle with Cubs players, a raffle, entertainment, and plenty of pizza. Tickets are $100 each (kids are $50 each and children under 2 are free). All proceeds benefit the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at D’Agostino’s Wrigleyville location or by going to the dempsterfamilyfoundation.org website.

* On Jan. 13, Wood will host “Woody’s Winter Warm-Up,” a celebrity mixer, from 8:30-11:30 p.m. CT at Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier.  Wood will be joined by friends, teammates and baseball legends behind the bar to serve drinks and food to fans — and compete for tips — to raise money for the Wood Family Foundation.  Theo Epstein will take part as well as Dempster, Marlon Byrd, Matt Garza, Andrew Cashner, Geovany Soto, Starlin Castro, Randy Wells, Welington Castillo, Darwin Barney, James Russell and legends Ernie Banks & Rick Sutcliffe. The event will include “meet and greet” opportunities with Cubs players, a premium open bar, a dinner buffet, auction and raffle. All proceeds benefit the foundation. Plus, there will also be a special acoustic performance by the Plain White T’s.

Tickets are $150 per person, or fans can reserve a booth for four people for $1,000, which includes tableside cocktail service.   Parking is available for $10 after 5 p.m. CT at the Navy Pier Garage.  For additional information, visit the  woodfamilyfoundation.org website.

 — Carrie Muskat

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