CHICAGO – In an impressive show of support for charity and the community, the second annual Chicago Cubs Bricks and Ivy Ball last night collected more than $1.25 million for Chicago Cubs Charities. The gala took place in Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom where the entire 2012 Chicago Cubs team and coaching staff mingled with more than 900 guests in attendance.
In addition to supporting youth sports, health and fitness throughout Chicago and particular needs of the Lakeview Community, Chicago Cubs Charities will donate a portion of the net proceeds to charities supported by Chicago Cubs players, including the Wood Family Foundation, Theo and Paul Epstein’s A Foundation To Be Named Later, The Greater Chicago Chapter of the ALS Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
"We owe the success of this event to our extraordinary Cubs fans, our players and coaches, their wives and the Cubs staff,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “We are tremendously grateful to those who participate alongside us in the efforts to make the Bricks and Ivy Ball a success."
The Chicago Cubs have supported donations of more than $1 million per year for each of the last eight years. Last year, the Chicago Cubs donated a record $1.8 million to deserving non-profits. The team’s philanthropic efforts support increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. The Cubs also contribute thousands of in-kind donation items to non-profit causes throughout the country each year.
"The Cubs strive to be good neighbors and participate and give back to the community through Chicago Cubs Charities," added Ricketts. "Events like the Bricks and Ivy Ball help support our mission to be the best in the game, both on and off the field.”