CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox today announced cumulative charitable donations of $1.68 million over the past calendar year. Donations include $695,000 in grants to 30 Chicagoland non-profit organizations through the White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. In addition, Chicago White Sox Charities awarded grants totaling $99,500 to seven agencies providing services throughout the community. The Chicago White Sox Community Fund is supported through a major grant from CWSC (Chicago White Sox Charities) and matching funds provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
White Sox Charities also made donations totaling nearly $891,000 to support the White Sox urban youth baseball initiatives including the Amateur City Elite and White Sox RBI programs, and to fund non-profit organizations such as Misericordia and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. This year's grant donations, coupled with other charitable donations, move the team's total giving to nearly $21 million since the inception of White Sox Charities in 1990.
All organizations receiving grants will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony prior to tonight's game with White Sox general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura, along with Robert R. McCormick Foundation president and chief executive officer David Hiller.
"As they always do, each of our grant recipients has displayed a remarkable commitment to the betterment of the community," said Christine O'Reilly, senior director of community relations. "The White Sox are thrilled to partner with and support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of countless Chicagoans and also are excited to approach another milestone in our donations as we surpass the $21 million mark."
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.