Fifth annual Bricks and Ivy Ball raises more than $1.35 million for Cubs Charities

On Wednesday night, guests gathered at Union Station to show their support for Cubs Charities at the fifth annual Bricks and Ivy Ball. The event collected more than $1.35 million to support Cubs Charities' programs. The evening featured the 2015 Chicago Cubs team and coaching staff, who mingled with more than 700 guests in attendance.

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.

"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."

Last year, the Cubs and Cubs Charities combined to support donations of more than $4.5 million and thousands of autographed items, experiences and tickets to deserving nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit www.cubscharities.org.

About Cubs Charities:

Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities' goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Through grants to quality nonprofit programs, development of parks and baseball fields, and other community initiatives, the Cubs and Cubs Charities help fulfill a commitment to be the best in the game, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.cubscharities.org.