Last weekend our city was buzzing with charitable events thrown by Chicago athletes. After attending Chicago Bulls Nazr Mohammed’s Friday night Fundraiser, ailment I was lucky enough to join dozens of celebrities, viagra media personalities and former Cubs players for Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic at Wrigley Field on Saturday.
Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah put on the one-of-a-kind charity event for the first time ever this year. For the past seven years they’ve held a Strike Zone Bowling tournament but with the help of Tom Ricketts, cialis owner of the Cubs and a board member at their Foundation, they decided to change it up this year and it was certainly a success.
When I spoke with the couple, it was very clear just how important it is to them to raise funds for children in need, especially in a city that means so much to them.
“I’ve spent more than half my life in the Cubs organization and I’ll spend the rest of my life in the Cubs organization, so this is home to me. But I’m more excited to see all the people stepping foot onto the field for the first time and enjoying themselves tonight,” Kerry said.
From the fans in the bleachers to the celebs and corporate teams on the historic field, joy was definitely a common theme.
The event began with an all-day tournament between 16 corporate teams to reach a Wiffle Ball Classic Champion, followed by a Home Run Derby pitched by Kerry Wood himself and culminating with the Wiffle for a Diffle celebrity game under the lights.
The turnout was unbelievable. Celebrities in attendance ranged from actors Bill Murray and Matthew Perry to former Cubs players Derrek Lee and Moises Alou. Although the group was very diverse, they all shared one commonality – their desire to raise money for the children of Chicago. I could also say that they all shared the competitive gene because the wiffle ball game and home run derby did get pretty intense. Former Chicago Cub, Michael Barrett, won the Derby, with MTV’s Jeff Dye coming in second place.
All proceeds from the event at Wrigley will go to the Wood Family Foundation (WFF), the non-profit organization Kerry and Sarah started in June of 2011. The goal of the Foundation is to better the lives of Chicago children by raising funds for the resources they need to succeed in life.
I even got the chance to talk with Chicago native and Cub enthusiast George Wendt, better known as Norm Peterson from Cheers. Wendt praised the Woods as heroes for the “tremendous work they are doing for children”. ESPN radio personality and writer, Sarah Spain also praised the Woods for their amazing fundraising and community service, but added that the way they’re raising the funds really sets them apart.
“Its been so unbelievably fun, if you went to the ten year old me and said I’d get to do this I would have never believed it. Kerry and Sarah are really coming up with great ideas that make really amazing famous people want to come back and the amount of work they put into this is really obvious.”
Overall it was a fun-filled, beautiful day at Wrigley Field and I would be extremely surprised if this event didn’t continue for years to come. The Woods are doing such amazing things for the children of Chicago and this event was certainly one of them.