The Marathon Classic has contributed $11.8 million to 180 Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan children's charities since the tournament began in 1984. 

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. 


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In 2019 over $570,000 was distributed to the following charities:

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.

Toledo Junior Golf Association is in the 46th season in the Toledo Area. The TJGA is a leader in junior golf events and tournaments. We one of the first organizations in the country back in 1973, the inaugural year of TJGA. We are committed to providing young boys and girls, ages 12 to 18, the opportunity for competitive experience in golf events each summer.

The Ability Center’s Next Steps Summer Program is a unique independent living and employment program preparing high school students with disabilities for the next stage of life. Throughout the program, students learn to cook, clean, do laundry, and master independent living skills while building lasting friendships.

Blanchard Valley Health System is creating a $1.93 million state-of-the-art Center for Simulation and Clinical Education Excellence. The grant funds will purchase innovative training tools, Sim Junior® and Sim Baby®, high-fidelity, robotic mannequins that simulate pediatric medical emergencies. Over 6400 children will be receive even better care in our community.

Boy Scouts of America’s fun and adventurous activities give learning experiences building character, citizenship and fitness. Scouting strengthens families and communities, attitudes and actions of reverence, with the objective of developing youth into responsible adult citizens equipped with values and tools to confidently make positive decisions throughout their life.

Children’s Rights Collaborative (CRC) of Northwest Ohio believes every child has the right to have a relationship with both parents whenever possible without being placed in the middle of parental conflicts. CRC provides a safe, nurturing environment for supervised visits and exchanges between the child and the non-custodial parent.

Children’s Hunger Alliance’s (CHA) mission is to ensure that children without access receive healthy food, nutrition education and physical activity. By partnering with school districts, early child care providers, and faith- and community-based organizations, CHA helps bring nutritious meals to tens of thousands of hungry children every day.

DYS provides support services and education for families with children with a child managing diabetes. We offer family and youth programs, summer camps, and school training and support services. These programs help make children healthy – both physical, mentally and socially.

Findlay Enrichment Programs (FEP) was established in 1988 to actively support and encourage educational enrichment programs for children in Findlay City Schools. Members include parents, teachers, and community businesses who help promote the above mission. Enrichment clusters, creativity clubs, camps, Chinese classes, space Club, engineering/robotics/computer programming classes, Family Science Night, COSI, Toledo Zoo Outreach, author and artist visits - all are supported by FEP.

At Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, we believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. As the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in western Ohio and southeastern Indiana, we are building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more at

Our organization description is as follows: The Challenger Baseball league enable boys and girls age 5 and up, with developmental or physical disabilities, to enjoy the great game of baseball in an adapted and non-competitive setting. It also provides them the chance to feel the joy of teamwork that can be rare in the life of a special needs individual.

• House homeless women and their children in a transitional shelter. (30 women and 31 children lived at our Hope House shelter in 2018.) • Provide case management support and rental assistance for homeless men, women and families. (90 households including veterans, elderly and disabled individuals were housed through case-managed rental assistance Hope House programs in 2018.) • Help families transition from homelessness to permanent independence. (208 Hope House families transitioned out of homelessness during 2018 and 82% of those we serve are stably housed one year later.)

Hospice of Northwest Ohio provides specialized medical, emotional and spiritual care to people of all ages – living with any end-stage illness – in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Equally important, we also provide support and education to their families and caregivers.

The International Boxing Club believes at-risk youngsters can become champions in life. We use amateur boxing as the hook and put emphasis on academic success with free tutoring and required time in the Learning Center. Here they learn study skills, gain confidence and respect for themselves and others.

Women’s Initiative of United Way of Greater Toledo is working to better prepare local children for school through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This program mails a free book, every month to children from birth to age five. In 2019, Women’s Initiative expanded the program to all Toledo Public Schools zip codes.

Metroparks Connections Camp provides free summer-camp to over 500 youth from disadvantaged communities. The week-long program offers immersive outdoor experiences in kayaking, archery, fishing, survivor skills, natural science and art. It is often a child’s first experience in nature. Campers leave with new skills, confidence, and understanding of the environment.

Mom’s House Toledo was established in 1993 in small house on Noble Street. In 1998 Mom’s House expanded and built a new facility currently located on Franklin Avenue. The capacity at this location is 30 parents and 30 children with a waiting list equal to the current capacity. Mom’s House has helped over 100 young, single, low-income parents graduate from area high schools, technical schools and colleges and has helped over 250 through some portion of their education.

As individuals of Parker’s Purpose we commit as part of our team to provide the highest level of service to individuals or groups in need. We will perform our service with integrity and respect to all individuals or groups and also hope to foster a positive self worth and self esteem to the individual giving. We will strive to provide funds and professional services, regardless of race, color and/or religion, as representatives of Parker’s Purpose.

Partners in Education is a non-profit organization that develops and fosters partnerships between area schools and northwest Ohio businesses, government agencies, organizations and communities of faith to boost student academic success. Funded by contributions from businesses, individuals and the community, we leverage our most important investment — the education of our children.

At SAFY of OH we provide families and youth the tools needed to develop and maintain stable mental, physical and emotional foundations helping families overcome the storm where they are and increasing the well-being of our communities.

Established in 1984, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank is a non-profit organization that empowers other community organizations to end hunger. The Food Bank serves a network of approximately 250 member agencies across eight counties and has distributed, to date, more than 100 million pounds of food and grocery products.

The Toledo Symphony is a community-supported organization that is an exceptional musical presence for the region, creating a home for professional musicians and teachers who deliver outstanding performances and music education for all.