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5/1/2013 3:23 P.M. ET

More than $1 million in grants made to Chicago area nonprofits through Cubs Care and Chicago Cubs charities

More than 40 nonprofits were recognized during grant luncheon at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today teamed up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to announce more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area. This marks the ninth consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated to Chicago communities through Cubs Care, a McCormick Foundation Fund.

"We're thrilled to support fantastic organizations which give back and help improve the lives of children and families in need," said Chicago Cubs Charities board member Laura Ricketts. "Through our partnership with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, we will once again give more than $1 million to further these organizations' causes. I am happy the Chicago Cubs and McCormick Foundation can share in their success."

Through Cubs Care, more than $18 million has been donated to Chicago nonprofit organizations since 1991. Events such as the Chicago Cubs Bricks and Ivy Ball, Race to Wrigley 5K Run presented by Athletico and Catch in the Confines, along with activities such as the Cubs Convention, personal scoreboard messages, financial contributions from Cubs players and private contributions from fans have helped raise funds for these efforts.

The 2013 grantees include the Chicago Park District, which provides access for more than 10,000 low-income and special needs youth to play baseball each summer. A donation to Union League Boys and Girls Club will expand baseball throughout Chicago with instruction and teamwork through Senior and Junior Cubs RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities). A donation to the Lake View YMCA will enhance their after-school program by incorporating a fitness and nutrition component to promote healthy lifestyles in youth. Organizations receiving grants include:

Academy for Urban School Leadership

Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

B.U.I.L.D., Inc.

Big Brother Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Casa Central

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Center on Halsted

Chicago Academy of Sciences

Chicago House

Chicago Park District

Chicago Public Library Foundation

Children's Place Association

Christopher House

Deborah's Place

Family Rescue

GiGi's Playhouse

Girls in the Game

Girls on the Run

Heartland International Health Center

House of the Good Shepherd

Housing Opportunities for Women

Inspiration Corporation

Lake View YMCA

Metropolitan Family Services

Midtown Educational Foundation


Mujeres Latinas en Accion

National Runaway Safeline

Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club

Night Ministry

North Side Housing and Supportive Services

Ravinia Music Discovery

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Sit Stay Read

St. Joseph Hospital

St. Joseph Services

Swish Dreams

Tutoring Chicago

Union League Boys & Girls Club RBI

Urban Initiatives

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