2018 Marathon Classic Charities

The Marathon Classic has contributed $10.8 million to 180 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. Please see below for the complete list of the benefitting charities for 2018.

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.


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. Application is due September 1, 2017

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio offers families who travel to Toledo for their children’s medical care a warm, safe, clean and supportive environment. Families can stay at the House free of charge, as long as their child is receiving medical care, and they can return as often as necessary for follow-up care. The services we offer include providing a clean room with private bath, meals, laundry facilities and a playroom for children. These all allow parents to remain close to their child during a very difficult time.

RMHC of NWO served 700 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.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

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 www.toledocf.org to learn more.

Toledo Community Foundation

Awakening Minds Art, founded in 2009, is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic, educational and developmental programs to all age and all abilities.  Utilizing art as a vehicle, non-art related goals that aid in an individual’s success outside of the studio are the ultimate focus for each and every student.  Goals often relate to Visual Art education, Academic IEP goals, fine/gross motor goals, behavioral goals and more.  Programming is designed for the entire lifespan (all ages) and for typically developing or developmentally delated (all abilities), often integrating the populations.  Instructors travel to 18 counties in Northwest Ohio to nursing homes, hospitals, rehab centers, schools, day-hab centers & more to provide a wide variety of services.   Instructors also provide programs inside of our three studios located in Findlay (home office), Lima & Leipsic.   On average, Awakening Minds Art services 1,000 individuals per month!

Awakening Minds Art

Baby University educates and strengthens urban families by fun and engaging parenting workshops where parenting best practices are discussed and shared.  We strive to break the cycle of poverty by connecting families to essential services ; ensuring that families are strong and kids are ready to learn when they begin school.

Baby University

For 35 years, Bittersweet, Inc. has been successfully serving and offering unique supports to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders across three agricultural locations in Ohio.  The mission of Bittersweet, Inc. is to positively impact the lives of individuals with autism and those whose lives they touch.

Bittersweet Farms

Family House is the 2nd largest homeless shelter for families in the state of Ohio.  Serving nearly 300 families with children, per year, we provide emergency housing, basic human needs, educational and skill development and rehousing services.  75% of families we serve are rehoused within 60 days.

Family House

The Findlay Family YMCA serves all in the community from birth to senior citizens with programs that promote: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Y in Findlay currently has 8200 members and serves thousands through programs offered in the community.  The mission of the Y is to put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Findlay YMCA

The mission of Historic South Initiative is to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization in Toledo's Old South End by promoting the advancement of human potential through improved housing, additional education opportunities, health initiatives, innovative employment opportunities and family life.

Historic South Initiative

Community conversations with industry in Hancock County identified strong needs for soft skills within the workforce. Soft skills include: critical thinking, responsibility/ownership, effective communication, adaptability, and other non-academic skill sets that are the foundation for good employees, citizens and a robust workforce. The implementation of The Leader in Me in schools county-wide is an immediate and long-term solution to the concerns identified by industry. The Leader in Me partners with schools to implement key paradigms and practices through professional development, coaching, and resources to build confidence of leadership in self, and then of others.

Leader in Me (Raise the Bar)

Helping households transition from homelessness to permanent housing and independence since 1921.

Leading Families Home

Lucas County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains adult volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. We provide quality volunteer advocacy for children to ensure each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

Lucas County CASA

The mission of Mercy Health-Children’s Hospitals is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities, with an emphasis on our neighbors who are poor and under-served. 

Mercy Children's Hospital

Mobile Meals/Weekender: Mobile Meals of Toledo’s Weekender Program™ provides food to children at six Toledo area schools who would otherwise get inadequate nourishment over the weekend. 1425 students who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches receive a bag of food to take home with them every Friday during the school year.

Mobile Meals of Toledo's Weekender Program

At RallyCap Sports we believe people with special needs should be able to play sports, just like everyone else. Our mission is to create positive sports environments fostering social integration, healthy living, and greater self-confidence for children and young adults with special needs.

Rally Cap Sports

For over 30 years Read for Literacy has provided a wide range of literacy services. We are able to provide reader friends to children and tutors to adults to increase their reading, writing and conversation skills. Our current Signature Lines of Service are:
·Adult Basic and Family Education
·Creating Young Readers
·Claire’s Day
·Outreach and Volunteers

Read for Literacy

The Clubhouse Reading Center is the only provider of free reading tutoring in Hancock County.  The CHIP program offers free, individual tutoring with qualified UF Education majors.  Tutoring includes a pre- and post-assessment with lessons created for each child targeting his/her individual reading strengths and needs.

The Clubhouse at The University of Findlay

To coordinate, organize, and initiate services to immigrants and refugees through education, advocacy, support services, information, referrals, and networking opportunities in order to strengthen the community that we live in. US Together, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) mutual assistance agency founded in 2003 as a response to the needs of refugees and immigrants in central Ohio.As a Refugee Resettlement Agency and an affiliate of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society,  we accept cases  from all over the world that are forced to seek refuge in another country due to the inability to stay in their native country.Services are provided through our Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo offices to hundreds of nationalities that are starting their new lives in the United States. Through all interactions, we strive to keep in accordance with our mission.

US Together