"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.
The full list of organizations receiving grants includes:
Cubs Care, a McCormick Foundation Fund:
Academy for Urban School Leadership
Action for Healthy Kids
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Center on Halsted
Chicago Academy of Sciences
Chicago Parks Foundation
Chicago Public Library Foundation
Girls in the Game
Heartland International Health Center
Housing Opportunities for Women
Lake View and High Ridge YMCA
Metropolitan Family Services
Midtown Educational Foundation
Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Ronald McDonald House Charities
St. Joseph Services
The Night Ministry
Union League Boys and Girls Clubs-Cubs RBI
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Girls on the Run
House of the Good Shepherd
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
National Runaway Safeline
Ravinia Music Discovery