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Cubs, wives to walk runway in fight against ALS

CHICAGO -- For Cubs outfielder David DeJesus and his wife, Kim, the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is personal.

Kim DeJesus' high school friend Brian Schnurstein was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in March 2010 at the age of 29, shortly after the birth of his daughter.

On Jan. 17, David and Kim DeJesus will co-chair "Strike a Pose" at the River East Arts Center, 435 E. Illinois Street, Chicago, which will feature Cubs players and their wives walking the runway in the latest fashions to raise money for ALS research and support.

Among the players expected to participate in the celebrity fashion show are Darwin Barney, Shawn Camp, Tony Campana, Starlin Castro, Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Stewart, Kerry Wood and Travis Wood. Besides seeing the players dressed in stylish clothes provided by shops from 900 N. Michigan Ave., there will be food, a live auction, a raffle and dancing. Tickets are $250 per person, or $2,500 per table, which includes four tickets with reserved seating and table service.

During the Cubs' season, David and Kim DeJesus hosted an ALS awareness day at Wrigley Field, and the couple also helped with an art auction and food tasting in Chicago in November to raise money for ALS research.

• Hotel rooms and weekend passes are still available for the 28th Cubs Convention, Jan. 18-20, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water Street, Chicago. A list of players attending the convention and events for the three-day event will be released at a later date.

• On Jan. 18, Kerry Wood will host "Woody's Winter Warm Up" at Harry Caray's Navy Pier Tavern, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Wood, former and current Cubs players and local celebrities get behind the bar to serve drinks and compete for tips to benefit the Wood Family Foundation. The event will include a silent auction, dinner buffet, open bar and raffle. Wood's foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children in and around Chicago. Wood and his wife, Sarah, recently treated students at Nash Elementary School to winter coats and presents. Tickets for the Jan. 18 event are $150 per person.

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