2017 Marathon Classic Charities

The Marathon Classic has contributed $9.8 million to 170 northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan children's charities since the tournament began in 1984. We appreciate the great support received each year from area businesses and the thousands of spectators in attendance. The 2017 Marathon Classic Charities have been selected to receive donations from the tournament proceeds. Please see below for the complete list of the 2017 tournament children’s charities.

Two charities that are core recipients each year from the event’s proceeds are the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund administered by the Toledo Community Foundation.

The 2018 Marathon Classic Charity application process is now closed. 


Each year the tournament goes through an evaluation process to select the charities for the upcoming tournament year. The tournament charities outline in their proposals the need with respect to our community and how it will be implemented. They also outline how often the service will be provided, the number of children affected and how the funds will increase the organization's capacity to serve the needs of young people. Follow the link below to apply to be a benefiting charity in 2018! Application is due September 1, 2017

Marathon Classic

Ronald McDonald House serves as a home away from home for families who have ill or injured children receiving care at any of Toledo’s pediatric medical facilities. Families can stay at the House free of charge for as long as their child is receiving medical care or treatment.

The House serves over 1100 families a year through their overnight and day guest programs. In 2015, the organization opened its new, 22 room house.  Families are given room, board, support, and comfort for free through donations from the local community.  Over 200  regular volunteers donate their time to support keeping families close at Ronald McDonald House.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

In 1995 the Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund created yet another way to support the youth of Toledo. Each year since its inception, Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan high school seniors have received scholarships toward their college education. The $3,000 scholarship is renewable for up to an additional three years. In order to renew the scholarship, the recipient must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 and have financial need. For more information about this scholarship, please call the Toledo Community Foundation at (419) 241-5049, or visit our website to learn more.

Toledo Community Foundation

Every student shines at AMS—a community school for children and young adults with autism ages 5 through 21. With a 1-to-2 staff-to-student ratio, programming is customized for individual needs. Evidence-based academics and engaging enrichment classes—like Voyager’s Art Club—set the stage for the stars of the show...the students!

Autism Model Community School

The mission of Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc. is to journey hand-in-hand with those who are afflicted with cancer by providing hands-on support and creating programs that meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of cancer patients and their families in our community. We serve ALL cancers and ALL ages. Our youngest patient was six months old.

Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

Century Health strives to improve lives by encouraging recovery, healing minds and restoring hope. We offer a full range of addiction and mental health services to adults, families and children. Our compassionate, tenured, and talented staff serves all individuals regardless of financial or clinical condition.

Century Health

It is the mission of the Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, Inc. to enrich and change the lives of children and adults with special needs through facilitated equine activities.

Benefits of therapeutic horseback riding include improved balance, improved trunk control, improved hand-eye coordination, improved speech, increased self-confidence and improved fine and gross motor skills.

Over 350 veterans and special needs participants were served in 2016.

Challenged Champions Equestrian Center

The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio is nonprofit dental practice with four locations throughout Northwest Ohio. Since 1910, our mission has been to provide primary oral health services for underserved children and adults, promote the value of good oral health and advocate for those with limited resources.

Dental Center of NW Ohio – Findlay

Double ARC serves children and their families who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure to reach their full potential through education, intervention and advocacy.  Double ARC is sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Double ARC

The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio exists to promote education, awareness and independence for people with epilepsy and developmental disabilities to attain the highest quality of life and gain full acceptance and understanding from the community.

Epilepsy Center

Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center works to promote healthy relationships and to break the cycle of family violence so every home is a safe home.  FCAPC works to raise awareness about the issues of child abuse and intimate partner violence and to mobilize the community to work together to create a culture where healthy relationships and safe homes are the norm.

Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center

First Step Healthy Family Resource Center provide a 24-hour support line, shelter and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and their children. The agency also provides healthy relationship classes, responsible fatherhood programs, and enrichment and support services for children. First Step services empower individuals and families to make healthy relationship choices.

First Step

The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. 

First Tee

Good Grief of Northwest Ohio provides no cost, open-ended, peer grief support sessions. Led by trained volunteers, these groups provide a mix of opportunities for young people to share their experiences with grief and loss. Whether it’s talking, using art or music to explore and express their feelings, or choosing their own activity from a variety of options, participants are encouraged to discover what works the best for them.

Good Grief of Northwest Ohio

ADAMHS is a public body comprised of volunteer members who work collaboratively to meet the mental health and substance abuse needs of our community. The Partnership serves as a chartered committee of ADAMHS which focuses on substance use prevention and mental health promotion across the lifespan of all community members.

Hancock County ADAMHS

“Our mission at Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services is to provide assistance to individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault through crisis intervention, emergency shelter, outreach, advocacy, prevention and education.”

Open Arms – Council on Domestic Violence

SeaGate Food Bank aspires to eliminate hunger in the NW Ohio region. All of our energies are focused towards this singular goal. We serve in a regional capacity through partnerships with others to identify and direct available resources, providing access to adequate nutrition for all.

Seagate Food Bank

Serenity Farm Equestrian Center provides equine assisted programming to Northwest Ohio. Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Mini Therapy Horses and Equine Assisted Learning aid clients to improving quality in their own lives. 

Serenity Farm Equestrian Center

In 1967 a group of concerned citizens in the Huntington Farms neighborhood did an assessment and found there was a need to strengthen the community with services. Now in its 50th year of service, SAFS has developed signature programs that are serving all of Sylvania and providing an impressive impact.

Sylvania Area Family Services

The Miracle League of Northwest Ohio provides a fun, safe and interactive environment where children and adults with disabilities can play baseball. MLNWO has a summer and fall league. The leagues consist of over 100 players on eight teams. Players are paired with volunteers, who become their friend and assist them according to their needs.

The Miracle League of Northwest Ohio

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, a free county district public library, is committed to meeting the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs of all who live, work, or go to school in Seneca County.

Tiffin Seneca Public Library

Seneca Mentoring Youth Links (SMYL) is a youth mentoring program dedicated to pairing Seneca County youth with mentors in order to provide a positive, stable influence in the youth's life. A mentor is there to act as a friend and guide in a fun and positive way.

SMYL's mission is: Mentoring Seneca County Youth to make better choices for a brighter future.

Tiffin-Seneca United Way

Together We Can Make A Difference Initiatives is a non-profit organization that provides people in need with personal care and toiletry items. These items are costly, but cannot be purchased with food stamps or through any government program. However, these items are the everyday products that help keep children and adults clean and healthy.

Together We Can Make A Difference Initiatives

Imagination Station is Toledo’s nonprofit science center. It’s is a hands-on place for kids, families and educators to learn, innovate and have fun. Adopt-a-School makes sure that every child has the opportunity to share our passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)!

Toledo Science Center (Imagination Station)