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The Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley will travel to Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School in Chicago on Tuesday with infielder Arismendy Alcantara tentatively scheduled to join Cubs mascot Clark on board. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley, sponsored by Sports Authority and Athletico, has been visiting communities across Chicago to encourage youth to “Play Every Day.” Students will participate in a group warm-up, followed by baseball and sports stations directed by Urban Initiatives (a Cubs Charities-sponsored nonprofit) and Cubs front office associates. At the end of each visit, kids board the trolley for a discussion and receive healthy snacks provided by Aquafina and Testa Produce, a fitness log and their prize for being active throughout the week. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley will make two more final stops later in the week at Jacob Beidler Elementary Wednesday, July 30, and Charles Kozminski Elementary Community Academy Thursday, July 31.
Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley visits are part of Cubs Charities’ 100 Gifts of Service, which represents a yearlong program featuring Cubs players and associates engaging in community service in celebration of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday season.
Starting Friday, downtown Michigan Avenue will be lined with 50 custom-made pairs of ballpark seats, each depicting a special moment at Wrigley Field to help celebrate its 100th anniversary. Cubs Charities partnered with 47 Chicago-based nonprofits, celebrities and artists to paint the Centennial Seats. There will be an online auction where participants can place bids to purchase them with all proceeds to be split between Cubs Charities and the respective partnering organization.
From actor Vince Vaughn and the Chicago Blackhawks to the National Museum of Mexican Art and South Chicago Art Center, each organization or person has painted a scene that pays tribute to a moment in Wrigley’s history. Some of the memories include Ernie Banks’ Major League debut, installation of the scoreboard, Babe Ruth’s “called shot,” and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
The Centennial Seats will be on display along Michigan Avenue throughout the summer. Participants can place bids from Friday to Aug. 10 at http://www.cubs.com/chairs.
To help raise awareness and promote the auction, Cubs Charities is calling for Chicagoans and Cubs fans alike to tweet, post and Instagram photos of themselves with the Centennial Seats. Use the hashtags #WrigleyField100 and #CentennialSeats, and you’ll be able join the philanthropic effort and spread the word. A map has been created that pinpoints where each seat is located. Sponsored by Magellan Corporation, the Centennial Seats will be installed on Thursday.
Information about the seats and Wrigley’s 100th birthday celebration will be available on Thursday at http://www.wrigleyfield100.com.
Buy a donut, help Cubs Charities. Dunkin’ Donuts is partnering with the Cubs and Cubs Charities, and has released a new Cubbie Donut. A portion of the proceeds of Cubbie Donut sales (up to $10,000) from today until April 9 will be donated to Cubs Charities.
The special Cubbie Donut is a glazed donut with white frosting and blue and red drizzle, and will be available at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Chicago area.
In addition, Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins will meet and greet guests at the new Dunkin’ Donuts at 947 W. Addison near Wrigley Field at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. The restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with game ticket giveaways for the Cubs’ home opener against the Phillies and a $100 gift certificate honoring Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday.
There are more than 530 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Chicago area.
Cubs Charities and Cubs players’ and coaches’ wives will host a Mystery Baseball fundraiser on Saturday at Cubs Park in Mesa to raise money for Mesa’s Paz De Cristo Outreach Center. Paz de Cristo is a community center and soup kitchen that has been feeding homeless men and women for 24 years.
The Cubs wives will be set up inside Cubs Park in the Left Field Activation Area starting at 11 a.m., and be stationed there through the second inning.
Fans can purchase a ball for $30. The baseballs are autographed by current and former players and coaches and seventh-inning stretch celebrity singers.
On Saturday, some of the Cubs players and their wives will serve food at Paz De Cristo.
Besides the mystery baseballs, there will be other items for fans to purchase, including game-used bats, jerseys and helmets. Proceeds will go to Paz de Cristo.
Cubs Charities will sponsor the ninth annual “Race to Wrigley” 5k on April 12, starting at 8 a.m. CT at Wrigley Field. The race was voted the ‘Best 5k in the Midwest’ in 2013 by Competitor magazine, and last year drew about 6,000 runners and raised more than $300,000 for Cubs Charities and the Ann & and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Presented by Athletico Physical Therapy, “Race to Wrigley” will feature Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts and local “Biggest Loser” winner Danni Allen as the official race starters. The race starts and finishes at Wrigley Field.
Individual participants and/or groups are invited to fundraise as a runner, in support of a runner, or by being a virtual runner. Cubs Charities will donate all fundraising proceeds to Lurie Children’s Hospital. The top fundraising team and individual fundraiser will receive tickets to the April 22 Cubs game against the Diamondbacks.
Anyone who raises more than $1,000 will get to run a post-race victory lap around the warning track at Wrigley and have their name displayed on the scoreboard.
If you’re interested in participating in the Race to Wrigley, you can sign up at http://www.racetowrigley.com.
Want to sing along with Cubs players and help a good cause? The David DeJesus Family Foundation and Cubs Charities will present “Strike a Chord” celebrity karaoke event on Jan. 16 at American Junkie, 15 West Illinois Street, Chicago. You can sing with some of your favorite Cubs players, alumni and their wives at the fundraiser, with proceeds going to benefit ALS research and support the DeJesus foundation. There will be karaoke duets, an open bar, live auction and raffle. Tickets are $125 per person ($150 at the door), and $1,000 per table (four tickets plus reserved seating). The karaoke show begins at 8 p.m. CT. There will also be dancing after the event. Cubs Charities will donate half of the proceeds raised to ALs Research and Support in the name of the David DeJesus Family Foundation. Go to Cubs.com/community/strike_a_chord.
– Carrie Muskat
More than 840 guests helped raise $1.2 million at the Cubs’ annual Bricks and Ivy Ball to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities. Cubs owners, players, front office associates and fans gathered at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom last week to enjoy cocktails, dinner, silent/live auctions and live music by DJ Kasper K and his 70s dancers. The event supports numerous organizations and programs targeting youth sports access and improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts addressed the team’s commitment to supporting Chicago’s children through community outreach and charitable programming.
“Our goal is to make life better for the youth and families of Chicago by doing our part to improve health, fitness and educational opportunities for those at risk,” Ricketts said. “Whether it’s a hospital visit, holiday toy drive, serving lunch at a USO or Thanksgiving dinner to homeless teens, our team is there donating their time and resources.”
During the evening, Chicago Cubs Charities introduced a video featuring some all-star youth who have benefitted from grants, including Cubs Care grants, a McCormick Foundation Fund. Hannah Perez from Cubs Care RBI Fast Pitch Girls Softball, Isaac Diaz from Urban Initiatives, Aaron Ibarra from Midtown Educational Foundation and Devin Hall from Breakthrough Urban Ministries talked about how the Cubs are making a difference in their communities. The video also featured Cubs players Darwin Barney, David DeJesus, Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Samardzija who interviewed the youth for the video.
Ryan Theriot and Chicago Cubs Charities have teamed up to create a “Mystery Ball” sale at Wrigley Field. Proceeds will benefit the National Wildlife Federation in support of its Gulf Coast relief efforts. Fans can participate July 20 when the Cubs face the Astros. Sales will take place in front of the Wrigley Field gates, so those without a ticket can also purchase a “Mystery Ball” or make a contribution.
Each Cubs player, plus Lou Piniella, plus Ernie Banks and select Cubs alumni have autographed baseballs for that night. More than 1,000 will be sold. Each signed baseball will be placed in a brown bag and distributed randomly at Wrigley Field’s entrance gates. Fans can purchase a mystery ball for $20, with proceeds benefitting Chicago Cubs Charities and the National Wildlife Federation.
Fans can purchase the mystery ball when the gates open at 5:05 p.m. CT. They’ll be sold until the third inning or until supplies last.
– Carrie Muskat