Cubs give away more than $1 million at annual charity event
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The Cubs gave away more than $1 million to local nonprofits Wednesday with a promise of more to come at their annual Cubs Care charity luncheon.
“We need a bigger room, and the good news is it’s coming,” Michael Lufrano, the Cubs’ vice president of community affairs, said to a packed room at Wrigley Field’s Audi Club.
Lufrano promised that there will be a larger space next year at Wrigley to hold the event. Outside the Audi Room’s windows on Sheffield, cranes and construction crews continued work on the ongoing renovations at Wrigley.
“The whole program is structured to give kids an opportunity to stay out of gang violence and give them something positive,” Ernest Radcliffe, a coach with the RBI program, said in a statement.
Other beneficiaries included Ronald McDonald House charities, Lurie Children’s Hospital, the Center on Halsted, and the Night Ministry. The Cubs raise funds through personal scoreboard messages, events such as the Cubs Convention, the Race to Wrigley, which was just held last Saturday, the Bricks and Ivy Ball, and donations.
Among those who donated $5,000 or more to Cubs charities in 2014 are pitcher Edwin Jackson, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Governor Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, and the Sun-Times foundation.