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September 21, 2018
To support the expansion of their notable middle school mentoring program, Pitch In, legendary Chicago Cub Kerry Wood is partnering with entertainment star Bonnie Hunt to host the fourth annual “Storybook Gala,” Friday, Sept. 21, 201
“We are beyond thankful and touched by all of the love and contributions from our supporters who have joined us the last few years,” said Wood. “We feel we are on the verge of making some real change for middle school students in North Lawndale and Humboldt Park, and this event makes more impact possible.”
Each year, the Gala adopts a theme from a classic children’s storybook. This year, guests will experience Revel Global Event’s transformation of Morgan Manufacturing into the L. Frank Baum tale, “The Wizard of Oz.” “We are privileged to have Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress and writer, and Chicago native, Bonnie Hunt as our host for the evening, bringing more awareness to our students,” said Wood.
Proceeds benefit the Wood Family Foundation and its’ Pitch In program, which partners with Chicago elementary schools to ensure 4th-8th grade students develop the mindsets and skills necessary to transition to high school successfully. Pitch In also strives to make a sizable impact on the entire school community through increased talent and capacity, access to unique experiences, and an abundance of resources. Pitch In is currently partnered with Lawndale Community Academy in North Lawndale and Yates Elementary School in Humboldt Park, and is looking to expand to more schools in the near future.
This year’s Storybook Gala will honor WFF champion and Executive Board Member Tony Hoban, Partner and Investment Counselor at William Blair & Company, with the Pitch In for Excellence Award. “Tony has continually worked to champion our program forward. As a former President of The Springboard Foundation, Tony increased Pitch In’s visibility in the philanthropic community, ensuring that our innovative model caught the attention of those looking to fund middle school models. Tony has also given generously of his own time and resources to ensure more 4th-8th grade students across the city would have access to our program,” shared WFF’s Executive Director Laura Muriello.
Guests attending this year’s Gala can expect a lively cocktail reception and a beautiful dinner reception complete with a live auction and paddle raise. The event will conclude in the “Ruby Rouge Lounge,” a private after-party featuring a guest DJ and eclectic desserts.
For more information about the Pitch In program and Storybook Gala ticket and sponsorship opportunities, visit wffpitchin.org/