Former Cubs Kerry Wood & David DeJesus Host Back-to-Back Fundraiser Parties

We may be four cold, case long months away from the first pitch at Wrigley Field, look but thankfully for Cubs fans, buy cialis the annual Cubs Convention, and the see and be seen parties that come along with it, are right around the corner.

The 29th Annual Cubs Convention rolls into town Friday, January 17-19 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, and along with the thousands of Cubs faithful the event draws each year comes a handful of must-hit fundraiser parties that marry Chicago sports and the local celebrity scene like no other.

First up on the Cubs party circuit is former Cub outfielder, David DeJesus and the David DeJesus Foundation’s “Strike A Chord” Karaoke Fundraiser at American Junkie on Thursday, January 16th from 6:30pm – 10:30pm.

David and Kim DeJesus at the David DeJesus Strike a Pose Fundraiser (Photo Credit: Hallie Duesenberg)

David and Kim DeJesus will join current and former Cubs, their WAGs, attendees, and local musicians to rock the mic all for charity. As with any karaoke-inspired event, cocktails will be flowing with a full open bar and in addition to the tasty selections being served up by American Junkie, check out the impressive list of participating restaurants that will also be passing heavy apps: Chicago Q, Siena Tavern, Wow Bao and GT Fish & Oyster.

Cocktails begin at 6:30pm with the karaoke contest starting at 8:00pm. The night will also include a live auction and raffle. Once the crooning ends, stick around afterward and dance the night away to DJ Kasper.

Tickets are $125.00 per person in advance and $150.00 at the door with a portion of the proceeds benefitting ALS research. Purchase tickets HERE.

David DeJesus played less than two seasons with the Cubs before being traded this August to the Washington Nationals and only four days later to the Tampa Bay Rays where he just re-signed a two year deal.  But thanks to his productivity as a Cub and his charitable ways with the help of his beautiful and socially active Chicago native wife, Kim, the DeJesuses have left a lasting impression on Chicagoans and continue to keep the city as their home base.

Founded in 2012 by David and Kim, the David DeJesus Foundation is committed to helping families in crisis who lack access to basic human needs in Chicago, as well as the rest of the world.


The very next day on Friday, January 17, retired Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will host his 3rd Annual Woody’s Winter Warm-Up Celebrity Mixer from 8:00pm – 11:00pm at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier.

The Warm-Up will be emceed by radio personality Pete McMurray and television host Catie Keogh and showcase Chicago Cubs (past and present), celebrities and media personalities as ‘guest-bartenders’ mixing drinks and competing for tips to raise money for WFF.

Local celebs and media include include Anna Davlantes, Allison Rosati (NBC), Kathy Hart (Eric & Kathy), Eric Ferguson (Eric & Kathy), Ryan Chiaverini (Windy City LIVE), David Kaplan (Comcast SportsNet), Peggy Kusinski (NBC), Lou Canellis (Fox), Sarah Spain (ESPN radio), Rafer Weigel (ABC), Rob Johnson (CBS), Dionne Miller (Fox), Showbiz Shelley (B96), Danni Allen (winner of The Biggest Loser), Whitney Reynolds (The Whitney Reynolds Show), Mindie Kaplan (Sun Times Happy Hour with Mindie), Cub fan favorites Todd Walker, Ted Lilly and Derrek Lee and  ‘Hall of Famers’ Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams.

In addition to the premium open bar, dinner buffet, silent auction and DJ, attendees can meet and greet local media and current and former Cubs players in this hot annual event. Tickets are $150.00 per person in advance and $175.00 at the door and can be purchased HERE.

Ready to splurge? Fans can also reserve a booth for up to four people for $1,000.00 that includes table side cocktail service and early VIP entry. All proceeds benefit the Wood Family Foundation.

Kerry Wood played twelve seasons with the North Siders before being traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2009 after struggling with injuries his final five seasons. Wood returned to the Cubs in 2011 as a reliever before retiring in spring of 2012 as one of the most celebrated and admired pitchers in Cubs history.

Sarah and Kerry Wood with SDI’s Lara Khalaf this summer at Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic

Kerry and his wife Sarah founded the Wood Family Foundation in June 2011 to help improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for children’s charities and the causes they support. They are very active in the community and just this summer hosted the 1st annual Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic at Wrigley Field.

About the author: Monica Murphy Vargas. Co-Founder/Special Contributor. Monica is the Co-Founder of SDI. A Chicago transplant for over 10 years, by way of her native Cleveland, Monica is an avid fan of the Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears, Indians and Buckeyes. A closet Bachelor fan, Monica is addicted to her BOB running stroller, NFL Red Zone, and Viktor Stalberg.  After 10+ years of rewarding gigs at ESPN and Comcast,  Monica launched SDI while spending time with her now 4-year-old twin daughters, Vida and Vivian. Monica is also the Senior Sales Director for Clever Girls Collective, the social media agency that offers content marketing and native advertising at scale across a vetted network of 6500+ female influencers.

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