#Cubs Maddon celebrates Thanksmas
Cubs manager Joe Maddon will host a Thanksmas charity event tonight at Ava restaurant in Tampa. Starlin Castro and Kyle Schwarber are among the celebrity bartenders to take part, beginning at 4 p.m. CT. Proceeds will benefit the Homeless Empowerment Project. If you’re in the area, please attend. Reservations are encouraged.
Maddon then heads home next week. On Wednesday in his hometown of Hazleton, Pa., he’ll host the fourth holiday celebration for the Hazleton Integration Project. He’ll be joined by Jose Cardenal, Rick Sutcliffe and Chris Bosio, among others. There will be a baseball clinic on Wednesday, followed by a holiday banquet next Friday, Dec. 18. A silent auction of sports memorabilia plus a wine raffle will be included.
The five-day event will end Dec. 20 with the fifth annual Thanksmas at Hazleton One Community Center. Among the items on the menu are Maddon’s famous spaghetti and meatballs, pierogies, “jerk” chicken and roasted pork. The meal is open to all economically disadvantaged families.