Curtis Granderson, MLB All-Star and Chicago native, to host Grand-Giving Fundraiser to benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository Print
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Written by Christina Coleman   
Monday, 28 October 2013 14:50
Inaugural Event to be held on November 13, 2013
Athletes/Celebrities vs. Sponsors & Guests in Grand-Gaming Tournament,
sponsored by SONY Playstation and EA SPORTS
Major League Baseball All-Star outfielder and Chicago native, Curtis Granderson and the Grand Kids Foundation (501c3) will host inaugural Grand-Giving Fundraiser to benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Granderson, born and raised in Chicago’s south suburbs, is a life-long Chicagoan. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Curtis is one of approximately thirty-six current professional baseball players with a four-year college degree.
The Grand Kids Foundation will launch a series of Chicago-based community programs, starting with the Grand-Giving Fundraiser to benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Kids Café program, which provides children with nutritious meals at after-school programs and during the summer at sites throughout Cook County – as nearly 1 in 5 children are food insecure. Granderson will personally visit two Kids Café sites pre-event – Kelly Hall YMCA and Miguel A. Barretto Boys & Girls Club.
“Children should never have to worry about where or when they will have their next meal”, said Granderson. “Kids who go hungry can fall behind in virtually every way – physically, behaviorally and academically. The Grand Kids Foundation and our Grand-Giving event partners are dedicated to making a difference in Chicago this holiday season, and all year long.”
“We are very grateful to Curtis Granderson for his support of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and programs that provide food for Chicago’s children,” said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “Curtis has been a philanthropic leader among Major League Baseball players, and we’re pleased to partner with him on this initiative.”
The inaugural Grand-Giving Fundraiser is an interactive event featuring a Grand-Gaming DreamSeat Lounge sponsored by SONY Playstation and EA SPORTS in which sponsors and guests can compete against athletes and celebrities. The event is supported by Pete’s Fresh Market, New Balance, SONY Playstation, EA SPORTS, DreamSeats, Uber, John Barleycorn and more.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
John Barleycorn River North
149 West Kinzie
Chicago, IL  60654
About the Grand Kids Foundation:
Established in 2007, the Grand Kids Foundation (501c3) focuses on aiding positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition - providing tools and resources for educational and societal advancement. In 2009, Curtis released a children’s book, All You Can Be, which shares personal stories from his youth encouraging children to chase after their dreams. Proceeds from All You Can Be benefit the Grand Kids Foundation.
Curtis Granderson serves as a National Ambassador of the White House’s anti-obesity campaign Let’s Move, National Spokesperson of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up water initiative and International Ambassador of Major League Baseball. In 2012, Granderson made a personal donation of $5 Million to his alma mater – The University of Illinois at Chicago – for the development of Curtis Granderson’s Grand Kids Youth Academy at UIC, which will serve Chicago’s inner-city youth (2014).
Event Website:
Social Handle: @CGrand14
About The Greater Chicago Food Depository:
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 66 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 150,000 meals every day. For more information, visit or call 773-247-FOOD.
Christina Coleman

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