CHICAGO, July 17, 2008 –This Sunday, July 20, WGN Radio will host the 2nd annual 720 Day Fundraiser at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois from 9am to 4pm to benefit the WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation. The day will feature a live broadcast from 9am – 12pm with numerous WGN Radio personalities including Dean Richards, Spike O’Dell, Kathy & Judy, John Williams, Lou Manfredini, Leslie Keiling, Steve Cochran, David Kaplan, and Steve & Johnnie. In addition, there will be on-air personality meet & greets with autographs signings, plus family-friendly activities, food, live music, and a sponsor village with WGN Radio advertisers. For more details on 720 Day, go to wgnradio.com.
Cantigny is the country estate home of Colonel Robert R. McCormick who played a major role in the formation of WGN Radio and established the Foundation that bears his name. In addition to seeing the 720 Day activities, visitors to Cantigny will also be able to tour the Robert R. McCormick Museum, visit the First Division Museum and stroll through spectacular gardens.
As a fund of the McCormick Foundation, every donation to the Neediest Kids Fund is matched at 50 cents on the dollar. Additionally, 100% of every penny raised goes towards kids in need because WGN Radio and the Foundation cover all administrative and fundraising costs. To make a donation to the Neediest Kids Fund and support 720 Day, go to wgnradio.com, call toll-free at 877-268-3448 or mail a check to the Neediest Kids Fund, c/o WGN Radio, 435 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
Since 1992, the WGN Radio 720 Neediest Kids Fund has been a fund of the McCormick Foundation. It was originally conceived by late WGN Radio host Wally Phillips in 1969 as a holiday drive to purchase gifts for needy children. Since then the Fund has evolved into a year-round program, awarding grants to non-profit agencies that feed hungry children, provide stay-in-school and job preparation programs for at-risk youth, and supply holiday gifts and warm clothing to kids. Since 1992, the Neediest Kids Fund, through the McCormick Foundation, has granted more than $16 million to Chicagoland organizations that improve the health of our community.