The Marathon Classic has contributed over $11.5 million to 185 northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan children's charities since the tournament began in 1984. 

Benefitting charity applications are now open!

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. All new and returning charity applicants must click on the “Register Here” button to begin.

Our 25 charities for 2020 are listed below.

Additional information on the 2020 charities will be posted shortly.

RMHC of Northwest Ohio offers families who travel to Toledo for their children’s medical care a warm, safe, clean and supportive environment. Families stay at the House free of charge, for as long as their child is receiving medical care. RMHC of NWO served 1,171 families last year through our overnight and day guest programs, some staying multiple times throughout the year. Over 200 regular volunteers donate their time each year to help us carry out our mission.

In 1995 the Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund created yet another way to support the youth of the Toledo region. 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.

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.

Adopt America Network believes every child deserves to grow up in a family. We connect children who wait in foster care with permanent families, providing support before, during and after the family is united. More than 4,580 children from foster care have found homes and families with the help of AAN.

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC) is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis, in Tiffin, Ohio. Through classroom and active outdoor education, we serve over 4,500 children and adults each year, promoting STEM-based learning and developing healthy relationships with our natural environment to achieve sustainable living.

The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Hancock County Special Olympics is a year-round sports program for athletes with developmental disabilities. We offer bowling, swimming, basketball, softball, track and field, pep club, and golf. Athletes compete at Regional, State, and National levels. We also host public events to celebrate athletes, educate and raise awareness about our program.

Hancock Literacy was created in 2009 and established as a non-profit in 2015. We exist to coordinate and support community initiatives that promote lifelong literacy. Our vision is for every person to be literate in Hancock County.

Heartbeat of Toledo is a life-affirming organization whose mission is to be the best source of information and support to women facing unplanned pregnancies and to help moms, dads, and babies in need.  We offer free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STI tests, options counseling, prenatal and parenting educational courses and support.

Junior Achievement's Purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA of Northwestern Ohio's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential

Sara’s Garden specializes in innovative educational, intervention and hyperbaric services for individuals with injuries, health conditions and disabilities. 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!