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 2016 Marathon Classic Charities have been selected to receive donations from the tournament proceeds. Please see below for the complete list of the 2016 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.

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Ronald McDonald House

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 500 families a year. In 2012, the organization began a campaign to raise funds to build a new House. Construction on the new House began in May 2014 and it is anticipated that the new doors will open in 2015.

Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation


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 to learn more.  

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.

Adopt America Network

Adopt America Network (AAN) was founded in 1983 by Richard K. Ransom who also founded Hickory Farms. Mr. Ransom has dedicated his life to helping children.

Ohio’s county foster care system is full of children whose problems are multiplying each day they remain in care and who hit the street at age 18 with minimal education, no support, and no place to go home to – where they belong.  Adopt America Network is finding permanent, loving, supportive adoptive families and homes for children in Northwest Ohio and around the country who are legally free and waiting in foster care to be adopted and loved forever. 

We offer in-person and on-line support groups, training, and individualized family and peer support programming. Additionally, AAN functions as a grass-roots organization engaging in advocacy, awareness and recruitment activities.

Aurora Project, Inc.

Aurora Project, Inc. is a comprehensive housing and life skills program that empowers homeless women and their children to achieve self sufficiency and independence by providing resources and learning opportunities in a supportive and safe environment.

Established in 1986, Aurora is the only program in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan where mothers and their children are able to live together in a safe environment while addressing the issues which led to their homelessness.  Through comprehensive programming that includes nutrition education, life skills, budgeting/financial management, and children’s programming, etc., families’ transition from a life of upheaval to one which is stable and secure. 

Aurora shapes potential for “new beginnings”.

Boys & Girls Club of Toledo

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo has been serving Toledo’s youth since 1892 and focuses on programs which develop Academic Success, Good Character & Leadership and Healthy Lifestyles. Our mission is to enable all young people especially those who need Club services the most to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. In Toledo the Clubs serve over 6,000 youngsters, ages 7-18, each year. 

Camp Courageous & The Arc of Northwest Ohio

Camp Courageous & The Arc of Northwest Ohio serves individuals, of all ages, with developmental disabilities. We offer a wide range of programs and services from camping experiences and life skills classes to advocacy training and parent mentoring.  Our goal is to help our consumers’ live full lives and become productive members of their community. 

Children's Museum of Findlay

The Children's Museum of Findlay is an play-based educational museum just for children.  Hands-on exhibits help children ages birth through ten learn through a variety of interactive activities.  The museum creates safe environment where children, their parents, caregivers and grandparents can play together and make new friends while learning.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

East Toledo Family Center

The East Toledo Family Center founded in 1901, has evolved through changing times into an agency that provides community-building ties along with essential public programs and services for infants, children, and families throughout Lucas County.  We meet our mission “in the community, for the community; strengthening one life at a time” through committed interaction with program participants.

Evans Scholars Foundation

The Evans Scholars Foundation provides full housing and tuition college scholarships to deserving caddies across the country. The Program currently has 910 students enrolled as Evans Scholars at 19 universities across the country, most attending one of 14 schools where the Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House. For more information, visit  

Feed Lucas County Children

The mission of FLCC is to provide hot nutritious meals to at-risk hungry children throughout Northwest Ohio. We accomplish our mission in two ways, as an After School Feeding Program throughout the school year, and a Summer Feeding Program throughout the summer. Annually, we serve over 320,000 meals and snacks. 

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC) is a hands-on environmental education and demonstration center providing year-round classes, field trips, and camps that promote nature appreciation and encourage sustainable living practices. The Center is located on the St. Francis Community campus in Tiffin and serves Northwest Ohio students of all abilities.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Ohio

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grade designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences.

Kids Unlimited

Kids Unlimited commits to offering children in under-served areas the opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential. We will do this by helping them develop the necessary academic and social tools, along with a strong sense of values and character, within an atmosphere of love and respect.

The Providence Center

The Providence Center, formerly known as The Aurora Gonzalez, provides financial reimbursement for healthy meals served to impoverished children at family day care homes through the Child and Adult Care Food Program. We provide Parent Support Services, Parenting Classes, Anger Management, Domestic Violence Groups for men and women, GED classes, and Financial Coaching. We also feed roughly 200 families a month through our food pantry. 

Sara's Garden

Sara's Garden specializes in Autism Intervention, Conductive Education, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration and Speech-Language Pathology services. At Sara's Garden, we ensure that serving families is at the heart of everything we do. We strive to provide independence and the freedom to live life to its fullest!

Tiffin Community YMCA

The Tiffin Community YMCA believes in a better you, for a better us. We have grown our Weekend Food program from 46-425 Tiffin City School students in 3 years. Our goal is that no child in our community goes without food on the weekends when school lunches are not available. 

The Toledo Cultural Arts Center at the Valentine Theatre.

The historic Valentine Theatre, magnificently reborn in 1999, provides culturally-enlightening performing arts experiences to diverse audiences of all ages. Located in downtown Toledo, the Valentine’s school programming promotes literacy and the arts while complying with Common Core Standards, and over 50 community groups call the Valentine their home stage.

The Victory Center

The Victory Center provides hope and support to cancer patients, survivors, and those closest to them.  We do this by offering free services such as oncology massage, yoga, art therapy, support groups, reflexology, counseling, nutrition workshops, aquatic exercise, aromatherapy, and much more.  We even have a wig bank!  Men, women and children can take advantage of any of these programs during or after their cancer treatment.

For 20 years, The Victory Center has been helping thousands of cancer patients, survivors and family members in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.


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