Kerry Wood hosts star athletes, celebs at Woody's Winter Warm-Up 2017

In kicking off Cubs Convention weekend, former Cub Kerry Wood, along with wife Sarah, hosted their annual “Woody’s Winter Warm-Up,” a celebrity bar-tending fundraiser on January 13th at Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier. Over 500 guests were in attendance including some of Wood’s celebrity friends, former/current Cubs players and coaching staff who jumped behind the bar to serve drinks while competing for tips to raise money for the Wood Family Foundation’s Pitch In mentorship program.

Emceed by WGN radio personalities Pete McMurray and Jane Monzures, the evening included a premium open bar, food stations, raffle, silent and live auctions and “meet and greets” with members of the World Series Chicago Cubs. Guests enjoyed a variety of music from DJ White Shadow, Ryan Chiaverini and the Suburban Cowboys, Jim Peterik and the Ides of March, Drake Bell  and The Plain White T's.

The World Series Trophy even made a special appearance so that fans could take photos while celebrity Master Chef Scott Fischer presented a replica cake for all to enjoy!

Those in attendance from the Chicago Cubs included Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Albert Almora Jr., Justin Grimm, Jason Heyward, CJ Edwards, Mike Montgomery, Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon, Tom Ricketts and Crane Kenney. Additional celebrity guests included Ryne Sandberg (former Cub Hall of Famer), Fergie Jenkins (former Cub Hall of Famer), Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire), Rhymefest (Rapper), Drake Bell (Actor), Plain White T’s, Suburban Cowboys, Jim Peterik (Eye of the Tiger), Ron Kittle (Chicago White Sox), Israel Idonije (Chicago Bears), Desmond Clark (Chicago Bears), Sarah Spain (ESPN), Tanja Babich (ABC 7), Ryan Chiaverini (ABC Windy City Live), Lisa Fielding (CBS radio), Kelly Crull (Comcast Sports), Joe Soto (V103) and  Eric Ferguson (Eric & Kathy Show).

“This was, by far, our best Woody’s event yet,” said Kerry Wood. “It’s extremely encouraging to see the team (Cubs), musicians, media personalities and athletes come together for our cause and make a difference for Chicagoland youth. Despite the curve balls that may come their way, everyone should be given a chance in life regardless of resources or geography."

The Wood Family Foundation facilitates relationships that provide support and opportunities to empower youth and their families to succeed in life. The Warm Up raises funds for the foundation’s Pitch In group mentoring program serving 4th through 8th graders in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. (For more info for the Wood Family Foundation, click here.)

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