Sports stars and celebs join former Chicago Cub Kerry Wood at annual Woody's Winter Warm-Up

Former Chicago Cub Kerry Wood hosted his annual “Woody’s Winter Warm-Up,” a celebrity bartending fundraiser to benefit the Wood Family Foundation, at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and Chicago Sports Museum on January 12. The event is held during Cubs Convention Weekend and, this year, over 600 guests were in attendance including some of Wood’s celebrity friends, former/current Cubs players and coaching staff.

Many celebs jumped behind the bar to serve drinks and set an event record for the number of tips raised ($11K)! A silent and live auction brought in $36K for the Foundation’s Pitch In mentorship program that serves 4th through 8th graders in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

Emceed by US99 radio personalities Stylz and Roman, the evening included a premium open bar, food stations, raffle and “meet and greets” with members of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.

Guests enjoyed music from Ryan Chiaverini and the Suburban Cowboys and an appearance by former Bachelorette contestant, James McCoy Taylor (13th Season.) The World Series Trophy also made a special appearance and allowed guests a unique photo opp. Magicians from Chicago Magic Lounge performed for fans throughout the evening.

Attendees from the Chicago Cubs included Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Jason Heyward, CJ Edwards and Joe Maddon. Additional celebrity guests included John Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Ryne Sandberg (former Cub Hall of Famer), Rick Sutcliffe (former Cub), David Ross (former Cub) Mickey O’ Sullivan (actor), Danielle Colby (appears on American Pickers), Israel Idonije (former Chicago Bear), Sarah Spain (ESPN), Danielle Robay (WCIU), Ryan Chiaverini (ABC-7, Windy City Live), Lisa Fielding (CBS radio), Kelly Crull (Comcast Sports), Joe Soto (V103), Richard Roeper (Chicago Tribune), Marley Kayden (NBC), Lauren Petty (NBC) and Avril Mathie (model/boxer), among others.

“This was by far one of our most successful warm-up events yet,” Kerry said. “Everyone had a blast and there was great energy in that place. Really exciting to have those guys, Cusack, Rizzo, and Bryant, behind the bar taking selfies and having fun with everyone.”

The Wood Family Foundation is a non-profit founded by Kerry Wood and wife Sarah in 2011 to improve the lives of under-served children in and around Chicago.

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