Cubs Care: $1 million In Grants

A rainy day in Chicago didn’t stop the Cubs from brightening up over 47 non-profit organizations missions.

The Chicago Cubs teamed up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to announce more than $1 million in donations serving those in need in the Chicago Area.

Pitcher Randy Wells passed out checks and shook the hands of grateful recipients during the 2011 Cubs Care Grants Award Luncheon, which was held inside Wrigley Field at the United Club.

Television play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs, Len Kasper, also donated his time to announce grant recipients, although Sister Rosemary Connelly stole the spot light. Connelly, Executive Director of Misericordia Home/ Heart of Mercy Center made remarks regarding the donation.

“Contributing to the lives of organizations throughout Chicago is one of our commitments as owners of the Chicago Cubs,” said owner Laura Ricketts, who serves as chair of the board of Chicago Cubs Charities.

This is the seventh consecutive year Cubs Care; a McCormick Foundation has been able to donate more than $1 million.

The 2011 grants include $304,000 to the Chicago Park District to provide funding for more than 13,000 low-income and special needs youth to play baseball this summer. A donation to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago ($65,000) provides access to physical activity programs and wheelchair softball for nearly 1,500 individuals with physical disabilities. A contribution to the Chicago Public Library Foundation ($50,000) supports the Family Summer Reading program, a high-impact summer reading initiative, which aims to keep 50,000 Chicago children reading, and learning over the summer.