Joe Maddon's "Try Not To Suck" star-studded benefit golf tourney

You gotta love this title, "Try Not To Suck", for Cubs' manager Joe Maddon's golf tourney/fundraiser held at Bryn Mawr Country Club on August 15.  The event featured a star-studded cast of characters including actor John Cusack, comedian Tom Dreesen (who served as emcee), former Cubs Kerry Wood, Ryan Dempster, Steve Trout, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Dernier and so many more.

The event pitted current and former Cubs players as well as diehard celebrity fans in foursomes, with Joe playing the first hole with each group, to benefit Maddon's Respect 90 Foundation Charities. This non-profit provides Chicago's inner city children and young adults with opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports while encouraging fitness, academic and community engagement. (The 90 in "Respect 90" represents the number of feet between home plate and first base with "respect" being a reminder to run hard all the way).

Live auction packages included "Cubs Dream Day" that offered four guests a VIP Cubs experience that featured field passes, in-field box seats, pre-game activities and a meet-and-greet with Joe. Another package offered four guests VIP back-stage access to a Pearl Jam concert with a guitar signed by lead singer Eddie Vedder. Former Cub Randy Hundley donated a Fantasy Camp experience that included meet-and-greets with Cubs players and other baseball legends as well as batting instruction from MLB players.

The name of the event came about in the summer of 2015 when infielder Javier Baez arrived back with the Cubs. "Try not to suck," is what Maddon jokingly told Baez and it has stuck and become a rallying cry for the organization.

Other notable attendees included current Cubs players Ben Zobrist, Miguel Montero and Mike Montgomery, Cubs announcer Jim Deshaies, former Cubs players Paul Popovich, Pete LaCock (son of Peter Marshall, former "Hollywood Squares" host), Gene Hiser, Ron Coomer, coaches Lester Strode and Brandon Hyde, author Scott Turow, Randy Hundley, Bill Campbell and Tim Stoddard, former Chicago Bear Lance Briggs, sports announcer Dave Kaplan and 1980 Olympic Gold Medal hockey player Jack O'Callaghan.

The event, co-hosted by Maddon and Jerry Lasky (who also helped organize the fundraiser), raised over $250,000 for Respect 90 Foundation Charities.

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