White Sox Charities announce 2013 grant donations

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox today announced cumulative charitable donations of $1.64 million. Donations include $660,000 in grants to 29 Chicagoland non-profit organizations through the White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. In addition, Chicago White Sox Charities awarded grants totaling $119,500 to seven agencies providing services throughout the community. The Chicago White Sox Community Fund is supported through a major grant from CWSC (Chicago White Sox Charities) and matching funds provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

White Sox Charities also made donations totaling nearly $861,000 to support the White Sox urban youth baseball initiatives and to funding non-profit organizations such as City Year Chicago and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. This year's grant donations, coupled with other charitable donations, move the team's total giving to more than $17 million since the inception of White Sox Charities in 1990.

All 37 organizations receiving grants will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony prior to today's game with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and manager Robin Ventura, along with Robert R. McCormick Foundation senior vice president of philanthropy Don Cooke.

"Each of our grant recipients this year have displayed a remarkable commitment to the betterment of the community," said Christine O'Reilly, senior director of community relations. "The White Sox are thrilled to partner with and support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of countless Chicagoans."

The grant recipients represent a list of causes and organizations across the Chicago metropolitan area that are committed to the fight against cancer, dedicated to improving the lives of youth through education and athletics, assisting at-risk children and families and supporting health and wellness programs.