Results tagged ‘ Kerry Wood ’

1/6 Woody’s Winter Warm-up

On Jan. 17, former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will host the third annual Woody’s Winter Warm-up celebrity mixer at Harry Caray’s tavern Navy Pier in Chicago. Cubs past and present will join celebrities and media personalities as guest bartenders mixing drinks and competing for tips to raise money for the Wood Family Foundation. There also will be a silent auction, open bar, dinner buffet, raffle and DJ. Robert Randolph will be the headliner at the event. Individual tickets are $150 in advance, $175 at the door. Booth sponsorships are available for $1,000, and include four tickets and table-side service.

For more information, go to http://www.woodfamilyfoundation.org.

– Carrie Muskat

12/16 Happy holidays

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A student at Lawndale Elementary Community Academy in Chicago enjoys his visit with Santa, courtesy of Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and the Wood Family Foundation.

(Photo courtesy of Wood Family Foundation)

12/16 Kerry Wood & holiday spirit

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On Friday, Kerry Wood and the Wood Family Foundation treated students at Lawndale Elementary Community Academy in Chicago to an early Christmas on Friday. The school was chosen for the foundation’s Warm Wishes holiday adoption program where each student is gifted a coat and toy. Gov. Pat Quinn stopped by to help pass out presents.

“Measured by the number of smiles, this year’s ‘Warm Wishes’ was a huge success,” said Wood’s wife Sarah.

The Woods treated 482 students to gifts. The school was picked because principal Willard Willette impressed the Woods with his success in continuous improvements at the school. Most recently, Lawndale was selected as an OS 4 Reinvestment School in which teachers and faculty will receive comprehensive professional development tailored to the specific need of each school, providing every child with a rigorous and quality education to help prepare them for success.

(Photo courtesy of Wood Family Foundation)

11/12 Good causes

* The Wood Family Foundation has named Lawndale Elementary Community Academy as the school to be celebrated in its Warm Wishes program. On Dec. 13, the WFF will acknowledge the academy’s success and provide holiday treats to students. Each student will receive a gift bag filled with a new winter coat, hats, gloves and scarves plus one to two gifts. You can help by donating to the Wood Family Foundation. Go to mlb.mlb.com/players/woodfamilyfoundation for more information.

* On Dec. 15, Anthony Rizzo will host his second “Walk Off for Cancer,” a 5-kilometer walk at Pine Trails park in Parkland, Fla. Besides the walk, there will be entertainment and refreshments, raffle prizes and guest appearances. This is a family friendly event. Registration is limited to 1,000 people, and costs $30 per person. If you can’t go, you can still donate to the Rizzo Family Foundation. Go to http://www.rizzo44.com for more information. This event marks five years that Rizzo has been cancer free.

– Carrie Muskat

3/6 Kerry Wood field delayed

Construction on Kerry Wood Cubs Field has apparently been stopped after contaminants were found in the soil at the site of the $5 million, 1,100-seat stadium, according to DNAinfo.com. Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District, among the partners in the stadium, are preparing a site remediation plan to be filed with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, according to Alderman Ameya Pawar of the 47th Ward. The site is located behind Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago and part of Richard Clark Park. None of the specific contaminants found were named.

According to Lane Tech principal Christopher Dignam, the site is located on a former landfill. In 2007, the school replaced its football field and the soil was dug up at that time, and it was found to be contaminated. It took one year for that soil to be removed.

– Carrie Muskat

2/11 A toast to Harry

You can celebrate Harry Caray on Feb. 28 and win a trip to Las Vegas. The 15th annual worldwide toast to Harry Caray will take place Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier. Hall of Famer Ernie Banks will join Dutchie Caray, plus Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, musician Billy Corgan and other celebs to lead the toast. This year’s toast is to “The Year of the Fan.” At 6 p.m. CT, there will be a fireworks show over Lake Michigan, and guest will receive special hologram glasses to see fireworks that turn into thousands of Harry face images. If you can’t make it, you can join in the festivities by visiting Harry Caray restaurants Facebook page, or tweet your toast using #ToastToHarry.

Harry Caray’s will reward a Cubs fan with a trip to Spring Training in Las Vegas in March, which will include roundtrip airfare from Chicago, a four-day, three-night stay, two tickets to the Cubs’ games against the Rangers March 16-17, plus four hours of gambling with Kerry Wood. Go to the Harry Caray’s Facebook page for more info.

– Carrie Muskat

1/17 Wood & Prior

Jason McLeod, the Cubs director of player development and scouting, made a point of asking Kerry Wood and Mark Prior to speak to a dozen top prospects during the team’s first rookie development camp. Prior spoke Thursday, which was the final day of the week-long program.

“Who better to know and understand having all the hype, having all the pressure, being the young guy coming up and then performing in this environment?” McLeod said of the two Cubs pitchers who had to deal with plenty of highs and lows in their careers. “”Who better than those two guys? Those had to have been two of the most hyped Cubs prospects of the last 15 to 20 years.”

McLeod knew Prior from his brief time with the Padres. The pitcher didn’t hesitate when asked to talk to the kids.

“He was fired up about it and said, ‘I’d love to talk to those guys,'” McLeod said.

– Carrie Muskat

12/28 Strike a pose

Cubs outfielder David DeJesus and his wife Kim will host “Strike a Pose” fundraiser Jan. 17 at the River East Arts Center at 7 p.m. CT when Cubs players and their wives will walk the runway in a variety of fashions from the 900 North Michigan Ave. shops. Among the participants are Kerry and Sarah Wood, Darwin and Lindsay Barney, Travis and Brittany Wood, Shawn Camp, Tony Campana, Starlin Castro, Steve Clevenger, Scott Feldman, Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, James Russell, and Ian Stewart. Proceeds from the event will benefit the David DeJesus Family Foundation, which is donating money raised to ALS research. Tickets are $250 per person and $2,500 per table (includes four tickets with reserved seating and table service). Besides the fashion show, there will be cocktails and food from Chicago restaurants such as Chicago q, RPM Italian, Bull and Bear, Shaw’s Crabhouse, Glazed & Infused, Pastoral, and Wow Bao. There also will be a live auction and raffle.

– Carrie Muskat

11/30 Help Kerry Wood help kids

Kerry Wood and his family are doing their part to help Chicago area kids stay warm. The Wood Family Foundation has partnered with Harry Caray’s Restaurants to support students in the Englewood and Lawndale areas. You can donate new hats, gloves and scaves at the restaurants drop off boxes until Jan. 18. On that day, Wood will host his Winter Warm-Up at Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier. Last year’s event featured the Plain White Tee’s. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.woodfamilyfoundation.org. You also can order Woody’s Winter Whiskey drink at Harry Caray’s tavern through Jan. 18, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the foundation.

– Carrie Muskat

10/11 Kerry Wood Cubs Field

Chicago Public League student athletes will soon be playing baseball and hosting state baseball playoffs at a new stadium, Kerry Wood Cubs Field. Groundbreaking was on Thursday at the site at Clark Park near Lane Tech High School on Addison Street about one mile from Wrigley Field. The Cubs, Chicago Cubs Charities, Wood Family Foundation, City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and Turner Construction all contributed to make the $5 million stadium project possible.

Once completed, Kerry Wood Cubs Field will be owned and operated by the Chicago Park District. The field, which will include seating for 1,100 spectators and fans, is expected to be used by Chicago public high schools citywide throughout the high school baseball season during and after school hours. The Park District also expects to use the field for recreational leagues and use by the general public.

Wood retired during the 2012 season. He and his wife Sarah formed the Wood Family Foundation in 2011 and now focus on the community and its children.

“It is an honor to be a part of this project that will help keep public school baseball teams local during playoff season,” Wood said. “We want this field to benefit student athletes in many ways for years to come.”

The project is a potential field of dreams for young baseball players. Cubs legend Phil Cavarretta played at Lane Tech before making his Wrigley Field debut September 25, 1934. The first baseman and outfielder was the National League’s Most Valuable Player and led the Cubs to their last World Series appearance in 1945.

 

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