Friday night was a sports lover's dream come true as newly resigned Cubs pitcher, Kerry Wood, and his beautiful wife Sarah hosted their first "Woody's Winter Warmup" fundraiser for their Wood Family Foundation.
When we arrived, Kerry and Sarah were being interviewed by every news station in town while players were arriving in droves. It was an exciting evening for Cubs fans coming after the convention announcement that same day that Woods had been resigned.
The night included players and local personalities tending bar and competing for tips, a dinner buffet, an open bar, a silent auction (that included lots of sports memorabilia), a raffle and world class entertainment.
The silent auction included a signed Ernie Banks jersey and bat, a Kerry Wood signed jersey and ball with a photo op thrown in, an on-field photo at Wrigley Field (minimum bid was $2200), baseballs signed by Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Zambrano and Carlos Pena among others, Cubs pitching rubber signed by 2011 bullpen, four tickets behind home plate, a tour of the broadcast booths at Wrigley plus 4 field box tickets, a pig roast for 100 at Carvetti's in Lake Geneva and signed jerseys from Ryan Dempster and Marion Byrd among many others.
The Plain White T's performed their number one single, "Hey There Delilah" with Cubs pitcher Randy Wells sitting in on a set and dedicating a song to Ron Santo. Even Cubs Manager of Operations, Theo Epstein, got in on the action playing his guitar to "Rockin' in the Free World" while host Ryan Chiaverini both sang and played along to "Sweet Home Alabama."
The Wood Family Foundation raises funds and awareness for local children's charites and this event raised over $80K. Recently, the organization has funded a playroom for kids receiving cancer treatments at Lurie Children's Hospital, teamed with the Cubs to build a playground in an underserved area and provided school supplies and clothing for kids in need.
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