#Cubs “Let’s Give” events
Cubs Charities will continue the “Let’s Give” community initiative this season. Mark your calendars — here are some of the events:
April 23: 11th Annual Race to Wrigley Charity Run
This year’s race will feature an updated course, allowing runners to trek through historic Wrigley Field. For more information, visit www.racetowrigley.com.
April 28: Bricks and Ivy Ball
This is Cubs Charities’ primary fundraising event, and will be held at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom. Cubs players, coaches, alumni, owners and management will attend. For more information, visit http://www.cubs.com/bricksandivy.
May 9: Annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon
The Cubs will team up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for the annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon in the Audi Club at Wrigley Field. Last year, the Cubs and Robert R. McCormick Foundation distributed more than $1 million in grants. For more information, visit www.cubscharities.org.
May 25: Kerry Wood and Friends Battle of the Bats Charity Home Run Derby
The Wood Family Foundation will join Cubs Charities to host the second annual Kerry Wood and Friends Battle of the Bats Charity Home Run Derby at Wrigley Field. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/derby.
June 2: Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s Cook-Off for Cancer
The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will celebrate its fourth annual Cook-Off for Cancer, which will feature tasting portions prepared by notable Chicago chefs and served by Cubs players at Morgan Manufacturing. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/cook.
June 17: Foundation To Be Named Later’s Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago Concert
The fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert will rock Chicago again at Metro Chicago. Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and the Chicago Hot Stove All-Stars will take the stage. The foundation raises funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies working on the front lines, serving disadvantaged youth in the Greater Boston and Chicago areas. For more information, visit www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.
July 6: Jon Lester’s NVRQT Goes Country
Jon Lester and his wife Farrah will host a country-themed fundraiser at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street in Chicago. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Lester’s NVRQT campaign, run by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), which helps raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research. For future information, visit www.cubs.com/nvrqt.
July 16: Cubs Wives Present Players’ Favorite Things Baskets
Cubs wives and girlfriends will once again create and auction off Cubs “Players’ Favorite Things Baskets.” Each basket will contain one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia and hand-picked items, such as players’ favorite movies, restaurant gift cards, snacks, team gear and much more. The auction will launch online July 16-July 23 and will be available inside the concourse at Wrigley Field Saturday, July 16. Net proceeds benefit Cubs Charities. For more information or to place a bid online, visit www.cubs.com/auction.
July 20: Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Main Event
Manager Joe Maddon will host the second Respect 90 Main Event at the Wintrust Bank Building, featuring dinner and drinks along with several rounds of amateur boxing. The night will help provide Chicago’s inner-city children and young adults with opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports while encouraging fitness, academics and community engagement. For information, visit www.cubscharities.org.
Sept. 2: Let’s Go Gold
Cubs Charities will team up with Major League Baseball to take part in the fight against pediatric cancer by helping Wrigley Field “go gold.” For more information, visit www.cubs.com/letsgogold.
*Maddon also will support Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing that organization’s T-shirt during his post-game press conference.