Music and baseball will be in the same lineup again at Wrigleyville’s Metro on July 9, when Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper join an all-star lineup of musicians and personalities for the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. The annual event celebrates music, baseball and giving back.
Benefiting Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), the fundraiser will feature ensemble performances by a special guest “headliner to be named later” (at the headliner’s request) and noted rockers from Chicago and Boston. The lineup includes Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), John Stirratt (Wilco), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Jennifer Hall, Matt Spiegel and Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Jake Smith (Mysteries of Life), Gerald Dowd, Jason Narducy (Split Single, Bob Mould) and more. Epstein, Gammons and Kasper also will perform with the bands. WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, actor Joel Murray and actor/comedian Mike O’Malley will serve as the evening’s emcees.
“The foundation is grateful for the incredible generosity of the musicians, sponsors and fans who dedicate their time, effort, energy and, most importantly, their passion to help us provide opportunities for Chicago youth by supporting the organizations that work tirelessly as their advocates,” said FTBNL co-founder Theo Epstein. “We’ve collectively raised more than $6 million and look forward to increasing that total this year through another great night of music, baseball and giving back.”
Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 22, at noon CST. General admission tickets are $75, and there will be no service fees for cash purchases. Fans can buy tickets online at metrochicago.com or in person at the Metro Box Office located at 3730 N. Clark St. VIP tickets also will be available at ftbnl.org.
In addition to the all-star music lineup, the evening will include several special guests as well as live and silent auctions featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.
Nonprofit beneficiaries include Chicago Children’s Choir, Chicago Wapiti RFC, City Year Chicago, Family Reach Foundation, Garfield Park Little League, Girls in the Game, Jackie Robinson West, Marwen, Special Olympics and South Chicago Arts Center.
For more information on Foundation To Be Named Later programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit foundationtobenamedlater.org.
Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts and All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro present a check to Union League Boys and Girls Club President and CEO Mary Ann Mahon-Huels and RBI commissioner Emilia Nichols. (Photo courtesy Chicago Cubs)
The Cubs teamed up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to announce more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area on Wednesday. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Cubs Care, a McCormick Foundation Fund, through which more than $20 million has been donated to Chicago nonprofit organizations since its inception. The luncheon marks the 11th consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated to Chicago communities through Cubs Care. Cubs Care grants help organizations to provide youth health and wellness programs and education programs.
“We’re proud to achieve this milestone as we celebrate 25 years of giving and partnership with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation,” said Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts. “Our annual Cubs Care grants provide necessary resources for Chicago nonprofits to make an impact in the lives of children and families in our community.”
“Chicago is filled with passionate fans and caring neighbors,” said David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “For the last 25 years, the McCormick Foundation and Chicago Cubs have shared a commitment to supporting amazing community organizations that work to improve the lives of underserved youth and families across Chicagoland. Together, we will continue to build a stronger community for all of us in the years to come.”
Among the beneficiaries of Cubs Care since its inception 25 years ago is the Chicago Park District, which has received more than $6.5 million dollars for its programs across the city. The Chicago Park District provides safe and beautifully maintained parks and facilities as well as recreation and leisure opportunities for children and families in Chicago.
“We are grateful to Cubs Care for 25 years of supporting our programs and capital projects,” said Michael P. Kelly, Chicago Park District general superintendent and CEO. “From Cubs Care Rookie League, inner city youth baseball, programming for athletes with special needs and new fields and playgrounds, Cubs Care has constantly been there, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Chicago youth.”
Events such as the Bricks and Ivy Ball, Race to Wrigley Charity Run and Catch in the Confines, along with activities such as the Cubs Convention, personal scoreboard messages and contributions from Cubs players and fans, have helped raise funds for Cubs Care grants since 1991.
This season, the Cubs will debut a new twist on an old tradition. After each Cubs win at Wrigley Field, the team will keep the Wintrust “W” lit above the new video board once the ballpark lights turn off.
Though the left-field video board is definitely new, the concept of keeping a blue light shining after Cubs wins is not. During the major renovation of 1937, when the team constructed the modern-style bleachers and scoreboard and planted the ivy, the idea came about to install two lights atop the scoreboard along with the W and L flags. That way, commuters on the El would still be able to tell if the Cubs won or lost even after it got dark and it was no longer possible to see the flags.
The Cubs installed a blue light on the third-base side of the scoreboard to be lit following wins and a white light on first-base side for losses. More than 75 years later, those lights were still being used.
To continue to preserve this history while utilizing Wrigley Field’s newest assets to their best effect, the Cubs will have a new tradition following Cubs wins. Long after “Go, Cubs, Go” has finished playing and the crowds have poured back out into Wrigleyville, the blue W in the Wintrust logo atop the video board will keep fans and commuters posted on the fate of their beloved Cubs. Watch for it all season at the Friendly Confines.
The Cubs announced Monday that the organization and its fans will help those affected by tornadoes that swept through Fairdale and Rochelle, Illinois, last week, during Tuesday night’s game against the Reds.
Cubs associates will collect monetary donations at the gates at Wrigley Field before the start of the game. Money raised during the evening will benefit the Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation to support nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the tornadoes.
Proceeds from the night’s Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle also will benefit the cause.
The Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation, supports nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the tornadoes. The McCormick Foundation will match the first $500,000 raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs are paid by the foundation and its partners, allowing 100 percent of all funds raised, plus the match, to be granted directly to nonprofit organizations helping those most affected by the storm.
Fans who cannot attend the game but would like to make a donation to the tornado disaster relief effort can give through Sunday, April 19, by visiting cubs.com/give.
On Wednesday night, guests gathered at Union Station to show their support for Cubs Charities at the fifth annual Bricks and Ivy Ball. The evening featured the 2015 Chicago Cubs team and coaching staff mingling with more than 700 guests in attendance and collected more than $1.35 million to support Cubs Charities’ programs.
“Each year, we look forward to our Bricks and Ivy Ball as a way to celebrate the impact Cubs Charities is making in communities all across Chicago,” said Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts. “We are proud of the success of this event over the last five years. The support from our fans, corporate Chicago, and our coaches, players and front office help to fuel our community outreach and charitable giving. Together, we are creating a brighter future for Chicago’s next generation of all-stars.”
Cubs Charities sponsors three ongoing Signature Programs to further its mission to increase access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Program promotes a fitness plan and healthy eating campaign while encouraging kids to “Play Every Day.” The Cubs Charities Diamond Project expands opportunities for children to play baseball by creating or preserving green space and baseball facilities. Finally, the Cubs Scholars program offers quality scholarship and financial contributions for Chicago area high school students, coupled with a program that promotes academic achievement and encourages post-secondary educational advancement.
Last year, the Cubs and Cubs Charities combined to support donations of more than $4.5 million in addition to giving thousands of autographed items, experiences and tickets to deserving nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit www.cubscharities.org.
After a short three-game set in Colorado, the Cubs return home for the second homestand of the year at Wrigley Field. From April 13-19, the Cubs welcome the division-rival Reds and the rebuilt and reloaded Padres squad. They’ll also welcome the cast of the Book of Mormon and The Second City Mainstage.
Here are the other guests and promotions you’ll find at the Friendly Confines during the six-game set.
Homestand Recap, April 13-19
Monday, April 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.
- Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
- National Anthem and first pitch: Book of Mormon star David Larsen (Elder Price)
- Seventh-inning stretch: Book of Mormon stars David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand (Elder Cunningham)
Tuesday, April 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.
- First pitch: WNBA Chicago Sky guard Cappie Pondexter
- Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Wednesday, April 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.
- Pregame ceremony and seventh-inning stretch: Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars
- Broadcast: WPWR-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Friday, April 17, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.
- Promotion: Cubs Winter Aviator Hat presented by Pepsi (first 10,000 fans)
- Broadcast: WLS-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Saturday, April 18, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.
- Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Sunday, April 19, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.
- Seventh-inning stretch: Cast members from The Second City Mainstage
- Broadcast: WGN-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
- Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13 and under)
The Chicago Cubs today announced net proceeds from all MLB-authenticated, game-used and autographed Cubs memorabilia sold through Cubs Authentics will be donated to Cubs Charities. These funds will help support Cubs Charities’ mission to harness the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago.
“Part of the Cubs’ mission is to support our community and be good neighbors. Cubs Charities is very excited to partner with Cubs Authentics to help improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond,” said Connie Falcone, vice president of development for Cubs Charities. “We hope our fans are just as excited to build their collection of authenticated Cubs memorabilia while supporting great causes through Cubs Charities.”
Cubs Authentics, which launched at the beginning of the 2012 season, is the premier outlet for MLB-authenticated Cubs memorabilia, including game-used jerseys and baseballs, autographed items and one-of-a-kind Wrigley Field Collection items.
Fans and collectors interested in supporting Cubs Charities through the purchase of Cubs Authentics memorabilia can find autographed baseballs, bats and jerseys from new and returning players at www.cubs.com/authentics. You can also pre-purchase game-used bases from Opening Night featuring a commemorative base jewel honoring Ernie Banks; bases from the team’s April home series vs. the Cardinals, Padres and Pirates with specialty matchup base jewels; plus a Jackie Robinson Day base jewel from April 15 vs. the Reds.
Shortly after the Cubs opening series vs. the Cardinals, fans will be able to bid online on a variety of rare merchandise collected by Cubs Authentics, including game-used baseballs, bases, bats, jerseys, nameplates and lineup cards. Cubs Authentics will host an online auction with items collected during Spring Training as well, featuring Spring Training locker room nameplates and game-used hats—including green St. Patrick’s Day hats.
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts at the 2014 Bricks and Ivy Ball. (Photo by Stephen Green)
This season, Cubs Charities will roll out a “Let’s Give” initiative in conjunction with the organization’s 2015 marketing campaign, “Let’s Go.” This yearlong charitable campaign will include Cubs Charities events, player fundraisers and various programs benefiting the Chicago community. These charitable efforts will be highlighted in the team’s community newsletter and on Cubs’ social media platforms using the hashtag #LetsGive.
The campaign also will include Cubs players and associates engaging in community service projects throughout the season. These include programs aiming to increase access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Cubs Charities sponsors three ongoing signature programs to further this mission. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Program promotes a fitness plan and healthy eating campaign while encouraging kids to “Play Every Day.” The Cubs Charities Diamond Project expands opportunities for children to play baseball by creating or preserving green space and baseball facilities. Finally, the Cubs Scholars program offers quality scholarship and financial contributions for Chicago-area high school students, coupled with a program that promotes academic achievement and encourages post-secondary educational advancement.
On April 17, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will introduce his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game this season, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conferences. Each T-shirt worn this season will represent a Chicago nonprofit supported by Cubs Charities.
The list of “Let’s Give” Cubs Charities and player foundation events follows, with future events and appearances possible throughout the season.
2015 Cubs Charities “Let’s Give” Events
Bricks and Ivy Ball, April 8
The annual Bricks and Ivy Ball is Cubs Charities’ primary fundraising event. This year’s Bricks and Ivy Ball will feature a fun ’80s theme at historic Union Station. Chicago Cubs players, coaches, alumni, owners and management will be in attendance for an evening of musical entertainment, cocktails and dinner. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on unique live and silent auction items. Net proceeds will benefit Cubs Charities. For more information, visit cubs.com/bricksandivy.
10th Annual Race to Wrigley Charity Run, April 25
The Chicago Cubs will host the 10th annual Race to Wrigley Charity Run presented by ATI Physical Therapy Saturday, April 25, outside Wrigley Field. In recognition of Race to Wrigley’s 10th anniversary, the Cubs will introduce an additional race, the “Let’s Run Two” 10K. The course routes for the 5K and 10K will allow race participants to run through the streets of Lakeview before returning to the Friendly Confines. For more information, visit racetowrigley.com.
Annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon, April 29
The Chicago Cubs will team up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for the annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon in the Audi Club at Wrigley Field. Cubs Charities and Cubs Care will grant money to nonprofit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area. Last year, the Cubs and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation distributed more than $1.1 million in grants.
Cubs Charities Pink Out, May 11
Cubs Charities, together with partner Advocate Health Care, will “Pink Out” the Budweiser Bleachers Monday, May 11. Each fan attending the game in the Budweiser Bleachers that day will receive a Cubs Charities “Pink Out” T-shirt to celebrate moms and women everywhere who are survivors and to promote breast cancer prevention awareness. For more information, visit cubscharities.org.
Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s Cook-Off for Cancer, May 14
The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will celebrate its third annual Cook-Off for Cancer, which will feature upscale versions of ballpark food prepared by notable Chicago chefs and served by Cubs players at Revel Downtown. Guests will vote for their favorite chefs and dishes by tipping their Cubs server. Tips and event net proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research as well as provide support to children and their families battling the disease. For more information, visit cubs.com/cook.
Jake Arrieta Presents Catch in the Confines, June 13
Families, friends and fans of all ages will have the opportunity to spend 50 minutes playing catch in the outfield, visiting the batting cage and chatting in the dugout during this year’s Catch in the Confines at Wrigley Field. Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta will host a meet and greet with all participants as well as take photos and sign autographs. Tickets for the event benefit the Cubs Scholars program, which gives deserving students the chance to receive a college education. For more information, visit cubscharities.org.
Kerry and Friends Battle of the Bats Home Run Derby, June 18
The Wood Family Foundation will join Cubs Charities to host the first-ever home run derby at Wrigley Field. Kerry Wood and other Cubs alumni will coach players to swing for the fences while competing for the ultimate title of Home Run Derby champion. Individuals will have to fundraise a minimum of $3,500, which will benefit underserved youth in Chicago through Cubs Charities and the Wood Family Foundation. For future information, visit cubscharities.org.
Foundation To Be Named Later’s Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago, July 9
The fourth 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 for an evening of music and giving back to the Chicago community. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later, started by Epstein and his twin brother Paul. 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, please visit foundationtobenamedlater.org.
Jon Lester’s NVRQT 3 Up, 3 Down, Aug. 13
Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester will host his first fundraiser in Chicago this August. The 3 Up, 3 Down event will be a unique and fun take on the famous game show “Hollywood Squares.” Jon and his wife, Farrah, along with celebrities, coaches and teammates, will take part as contestants during the event. Fans can watch the excitement and partake in live and silent auctions. 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 nvrqt.org.
Joe Maddon’s Respect The Main Event, Sept. 2
Cubs manager Joe Maddon will host a boxing match fundraiser featuring amateur boxers from around Chicago. The event will raise money to keep Chicago youth college-bound and engaged through sports. For future information, visit cubscharities.org.
The Jason Motte Cornhole Challenge, Sept. 19
Cubs pitcher Jason Motte and his wife, Caitlin, will help strike out cancer again at the 2015 Jason Motte Cornhole Challenge at Wrigley Field. Teams of two will go head-to-head with other fans and Cubs players in the ultimate cornhole challenge on the warning track. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jason Motte Foundation, which provides comfort and care where there is a need for those affected, either directly or indirectly, by cancers of all kinds. For future information, visit jasonmottefoundation.org.
The Chicago Cubs and Nuveen Investments announced a Legacy Partnership Thursday that extends the long-term relationship between the two organizations. Nuveen, a leading global provider of investment services to institutions and individual investors, has been a partner of the Cubs since 2005.
“Our Legacy Partners have shown a long-term commitment and belief in the Chicago Cubs, and we’re proud to see Nuveen continue their support that traces beyond this newly expanded relationship,” said Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts. “We’re pleased to have Nuveen on board as a vital partner as we embark on the greatest journey in sports.”
As part of the expanded Legacy Partnership, Nuveen continues to hold naming rights to the Nuveen Investments Suite Level, and the company will be featured with signage behind the visitors’ on-deck area, exposure on the new left-field video board and other prominent in-park signage. The partnership also provides Nuveen with opportunities to host clients at Cubs games and other special events at Wrigley Field.
“Nuveen is excited to continue its long-standing support of one of Chicago’s most recognized institutions,” said John Amboian, chairman and CEO of Nuveen Investments. “We look forward to sharing an exciting future with the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field and importantly, a loyal fan base unlike any other in sports.”
Nuveen becomes the eighth Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs, joining American Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Sloan Valve Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Under Armour and Wintrust.
The Cubs are just a few days away from kicking off the 2015 season in grand fashion with a nationally televised Opening Night matchup against the division-rival Cardinals at Wrigley Field. The evening will begin with a tribute to late Hall of Famer, “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks, who passed away at the age of 83 in January and will also include an on-field performance by local rock group Fall Out Boy.
Here are the other guests and promotions you’ll find at the Friendly Confines during the three-game opening set.
Opening Homestand Recap, April 5-8
Sunday, April 5, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.
- Special tribute: Ernie Banks pregame ceremony, moment of silence and in-game tributes
- Promotions: Commemorative No. 14 pin (all fans); Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano’s (first 30,000 fans)
- Pregame entertainment: Fall Out Boy
- National Anthem: Wayne Messmer; God Bless America: London Lo
- First pitches and seventh-inning stretch: Ernie Banks’ sons, Joey and Jerry Banks
- Broadcast: ESPN2-TV, WBBM Newsradio 780-AM, Cubs.com
Tuesday, April 7, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Jack Daniel’s (first 30,000 adults age 21-and-older)
- National Anthem: Members of Chicago-based ‘60s band The Buckinghams
- Seventh-inning stretch: Lombard, Illinois-native band Plain White T’s
- Broadcast: WGN-TV, WBBM Newsradio 780-AM, Cubs.com
Wednesday, April 8, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.
- First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kristian Bush from Sugarland
- Broadcast: WLS-TV, WBBM Newsradio 780-AM, Cubs.com
- Cubs Charities Bricks and Ivy Ball post-game at Union Station