The Randy Wells Foundation: A New Way to Support the Troops

Zuzanna Skwiot

Randy Wells’ day job as a Chicago Cubs pitcher requires him to win against the batters he encounters.

Off the field, however, his fight is much different. 

When Wells met Carter Kettner, a five-year-old brain cancer patient, he was inspired to help children with juvenile diseases. Yet when Kettner passed away in 2010, Wells was even more encouraged to continue his charity work.

“His story tore me apart,” says Wells. “I knew I had to do something.”

With that, Wells’ charity work grew. His Randy Wells Foundation has been devoted to raising awareness and funds for children’s diseases.

Tonight, he will be hosting the “BootBash 2011” in an effort to raise money for the Boot Campaign.

This charity is focused on raising awareness to the needs of military men and women as they return home. The organization sells military combat boots and donates the proceeds to charities that help heal soldiers, both in physical and emotional ways.

“I’m a big military supporter,” says Wells. “I love music and I love charity work. You mix the two together, and have a good time.”

Along with music from Stoney LaRue and the Midnight River Choir, Wells will also be auctioning off music and sports memorabilia throughout the evening.

Auction items will include Cubs memorabilia, including a Castro jersey, Kerry Wood items and many Blackhawks and Bears memorabilia.

“Number one rule of my charity is to have fun,” he adds.

Randy Wells & Stoney LaRue Boot Bash 2011” will take place on October 21st at Joe’s Bar at 940 Weed St., in Chicago.  Fore more information, visit RandyWellsFoundation.org.