'Let's Give' charity events scheduled throughout season

Maddon, Rizzo and Motte among several Cubs set to contribute in 2015

'Let's Give' charity events scheduled throughout season

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs' marketing campaign slogan for 2015 is "Let's Go." Cubs Charities is hoping fans will join in the "Let's Give" initiative, while manager Joe Maddon wants people to "Respect Community."

On April 17, Maddon will introduce his "Respect Community" charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit and wear that organization's T-shirt during his postgame news conference. Each shirt worn will represent a Chicago nonprofit supported by Cubs Charities.

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta and his wife, Brittany, will be involved in many of the Cubs Charities events.

"With the position I'm in and the platform I have as a professional athlete, I feel it's important to get out in the community and try to be involved and try to help as many people as you can," Arrieta said.

"Brittany and I are huge into health and wellness, and I think it's so vitally important to relay that message to kids at a young age and their parents. Hopefully we can change the way they go about nutrition and activity throughout the day to benefit their lives over the long haul."

Here's a list of "Let's Give" Cubs Charities and player foundation events for 2015:

• Bricks and Ivy Ball, April 8: The Cubs Charities' primary fundraising event will feature an '80s theme at Union Station. Players, coaches, alumni, owners and management will take part in an evening of musical entertainment, cocktails and dinner. Fans can bid on unique live and silent auction items. Net proceeds will benefit Cubs Charities.

• 10th Annual Race to Wrigley Charity Run, April 25: In recognition of Race to Wrigley's 10th anniversary, the Cubs will introduce an additional "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.

• Annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon, April 29: The Cubs will team up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for the annual luncheon. 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: Each fan attending the game in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a "Pink Out" T-shirt to celebrate moms and women everywhere who are survivors and to promote breast cancer prevention awareness.

Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation's Cook-Off for Cancer, May 14: The third annual Cook-Off for Cancer will feature upscale versions of ballpark food prepared by 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 proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research, as well as provide support to children and their families battling the disease.

• Jake Arrieta Presents Catch in the Confines, June 13: Families, friends and fans of all ages can 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. Arrieta will host a meet-and-greet with all participants, as well as take photos and sign autographs. Sales benefit the Cubs Scholars program, which gives deserving students the chance to receive a college education.

• Kerry and Friends Battle of the Bats Home Run Derby, June 18: This will be the first derby, as Kerry Wood and Cubs alumni will coach players to swing for the fences. Individuals must fundraise a minimum of $3,500, which will benefit underserved youth in Chicago through Cubs Charities and the Wood Family Foundation.

• Foundation To Be Named Later's Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago, July 9: This is the fourth annual benefit concert. 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. Proceeds benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later, started by Epstein and his twin brother, Paul, which raises funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies working on the front lines, serving disadvantaged youth in the Greater Boston and Chicago areas.

Jon Lester's NVRQT 3 Up, 3 Down, Aug. 13: This will be Lester's first fundraiser in Chicago. The 3 Up, 3 Down event will be a unique take on the famous game show "Hollywood Squares." Jon and his wife, Farrah, along with celebrities, coaches and teammates, will be contestants during the event. Proceeds will benefit Lester's NVRQT campaign, run by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF).

• Joe Maddon's Respect The Main Event, Sept. 2: Maddon will host a boxing match fundraiser featuring amateur boxers from around Chicago to raise money to keep Chicago youth college-bound and engaged through sports.

• The Jason Motte Cornhole Challenge, Sept. 19: Teams of two will go head-to-head with other fans and Cubs players in the ultimate cornhole challenge on the warning track at Wrigley Field. 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.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.