Cubs Charities announces area grants

CHICAGO -- Cubs Charities, along with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Cubs Care, announced more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area on Tuesday. This is the 13th consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated to Chicago communities through Cubs Charities and Cubs Care.

"Today we celebrate our shared victories with 26 deserving nonprofits across Chicago," Cubs Charities chairman Laura Ricketts said. "Together we are transforming dreams into reality by providing Chicago's kids with the resources and support they need to be their best on and off the field."

Such events as the Bricks and Ivy Ball and Race to Wrigley Charity Run -- along with the gameday 50/50 raffle, personal videoboard messages, and contributions from Cubs players, fans and partners -- help raise funds for Cubs Care, which is matched at 50 percent by the McCormick Foundation and then granted to the community.

"We know the Chicago Cubs and their fans believe in creating communities that thrive," said David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. "Together we are investing in great front-line programs that provide vital services to children, adults and families."

John Jackson is a contributor to based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.