White Sox Charities announces 2016 grant donations
The Chicago White Sox today announced cumulative charitable donations of $2 million over the past calendar year. Donations include $778,000 in grants to 29 Chicagoland non-profit organizations through the White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. In addition, Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) awarded grants totaling $359,500 to 12 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 $860,000 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 Parks Foundation, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and KaBOOM!. This year's grant donations, coupled with other charitable donations, move the team's total giving to more than $25 million since the inception of CWSC in 1990.
"As we celebrate the organization's community outreach during Sox Serve Week, we are thrilled to announce our support for organizations that are just as passionate about bettering the Chicagoland community," said Christine O'Reilly, Chicago White Sox Charities executive director. "It is an honor to call these remarkable organizations our partners and support their missions of improving the lives of Chicagoans."
All organizations receiving grants will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony prior to Saturday's 1:10 p.m. game vs. Kansas City. Six-time All-Star slugger and White Sox ambassador Harold Baines and Chicago White Sox Charities President Scott Reifert are scheduled to participate in the recognition ceremony, along with Robert R. McCormick Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Hiller.
"Chicago is filled with passionate fans and caring neighbors," said Hiller. "The McCormick Foundation and the Chicago White Sox share a commitment to supporting remarkable community organizations that work to improve the lives of underserved youth, families and adults across Chicagoland. Together, we will continue to build a stronger community for all of us."
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.