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05/04/2011 3:11 PM ET
White Sox Charities announce annual grant donations
Team's Philanthropic Arm Exceeds $16 Million in Grants and Donations
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CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox and the McCormick Foundation Fund announced today that the Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, is awarding $585,000 to 28 Chicagoland non-profit organizations. 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.

In addition, Chicago White Sox Charities is awarding $349,500 to 11 agencies providing services throughout the community. This season's grant donations move the team's total giving to more than $16 million to nonprofit organizations since the inception of White Sox Charities.

"This year's grant recipients are committed to the community and dedicated to the growth of people of all ages, races and genders," said Christine O'Reilly, senior director of community relations. "We are thrilled to work with organizations so devoted to improving the lives of countless Chicagoans."

This year's 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 civic health programs. White Sox Charities also made donations totaling nearly $700,000 to support the White Sox urban youth baseball initiatives and to funding non-profit organizations such as Working in the Schools and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, bringing the total amount of charitable donations in the past year to $1.63 million.

All 39 organizations receiving grants were recognized during a special on-field ceremony prior to today's game with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and manager Ozzie Guillen, along with Robert R. McCormick Foundation President and CEO David Hiller.

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