CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox today announced cumulative charitable donations of $1.77 million over the past calendar year. Donations include $797,000 in grants to 32 Chicagoland non-profit organizations through the White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. In addition, Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) awarded grants totaling $124,500 to 10 agencies providing services throughout the community. The Chicago White Sox Community Fund is supported through a major grant from CWSC and matching funds provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
CWSC also made donations totaling more than $850,000 to support the White Sox urban youth baseball initiatives - including the Amateur City Elite (ACE) and White Sox Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs - and to fund non-profit organizations such as Chicago Cares, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. This year's grant donations, coupled with other charitable donations, move the team's total giving to more than $22 million since the inception of CWSC in 1990.
"The White Sox are passionate about working with organizations who share our commitment to bettering the community, and each of our grant recipients have demonstrated that with a remarkable record of service," said Christine O'Reilly, executive director of Chicago White Sox Charities and White Sox vice president of community relations. "The entire White Sox family is honored to support these amazing organizations and their mission of improving the lives of Chicagoans."
All organizations receiving grants will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony prior to Wednesday's 1:10 p.m. game vs. Cleveland. White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Manager Robin Ventura will participate in the check presentation, along with Robert R. McCormick Foundation Senior Vice President of Philanthropy Don Cooke.
"The Chicago White Sox Community Fund and McCormick Foundation share a commitment to addressing the pressing needs of our local communities," said Cooke. "One of the best investments we can make is providing children and families year-round access to vital programs that help them and the Chicago area thrive."
The grant recipients represent a list of causes and organizations across the Chicago metropolitan area that are committed to the fight against cancer, dedicated to improving the lives of youth through education and athletics, assisting at-risk children and families and supporting health and wellness programs.