Cubs Care grants more than $1 million to Chicago area nonprofits

Cubs and McCormick Foundation celebrate 25 years of giving

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today 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. 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.

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

BUILD, Inc.

Casa Central

Center on Halsted

Chicago Academy of Sciences

Chicago House

Chicago Parks Foundation

Chicago Public Library Foundation

Chicago Run

Chicago Scholars

Christopher House

Girls in the Game

Heartland International Health Center

Housing Opportunities for Women

Lake View and High Ridge YMCA

Metropolitan Family Services

METROsquash

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

Tutoring Chicago

Union League Boys and Girls Clubs-Cubs RBI

Urban Initiatives

Cubs Charities:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

GiGi's Playhouse

Girls on the Run

House of the Good Shepherd

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Misericordia Home

National Runaway Safeline

Ravinia Music Discovery