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Tom Ricketts, Fergie Jenkins Lead Cubs Holiday Tree Lighting

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'Tis the season for giving and the Cubs are doing their part.

Steve Green/Chicago Cubs

Thursday evening across the street from Wrigley Field, the team held its annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. None of our regular BCB contributors could make it to the occasion, so I have this report filed by my friend Mark Weyermuller:

The Chicago Cubs had their annual holiday tree lighting and toy drive event this past Thursday night. Due to the ballpark construction, the usual location under the marquee was moved across the street in front of the "Cubs Store." The official crew on stage included Cubs owners Tom and Laura Ricketts, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney, U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley and Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins.  

Crane Kenney and Tom Ricketts both spoke of their philanthropic efforts through Chicago Cubs Charities. They recently donated $1 million for a new park to be named after former Cubs employee Margaret Donahue, the first female front office executive in major league baseball. The playlot is located at 1230 W. School Street, about a mile southwest of Wrigley Field. The toys collected tonight will go to kids in need with local charities, in particular Lawrence Hall Youth Services, an organization that gives foster care and treatment programs to youth who have experienced trauma or neglect.

They were joined by Clark the Mascot, a group of elves and Santa Claus. Clark threw the oversized switch after a countdown by the crowd of about 150 people. The Cubs served hot chocolate, cookies and Cracker Jack.

Thanks to Mark for his report and for some of the photos above, and to Kevin Saghy of the Cubs for sending some other photos of the event, as shown below.


Photo: David Sameshima


Photo: David Sameshima


Photo: David Sameshima

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Photo: David Sameshima

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Photo: Mark Weyermuller


Photo: Mark Weyermuller


Photo: Mark Weyermuller


Photo: Steve Green/Chicago Cubs

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Photo: Kevin Saghy/Chicago Cubs