Annual Award Given to the Participant Raising the Most for Charity
Through the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has recognized veteran business
leader Jim Jenness as the fourth annual recipient of the Richard M.
Daley and Maggie Daley Award.
The award was established in 2010 to honor the Bank of America Chicago
Marathon participant who raised the most funds for charity through the
annual world-class event. As a member of the Mercy Home Heroes team,
Jenness raised more than $81,000 for the local nonprofit, which provides
children and families in need with critical programs and support.
At the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the fundraising efforts of
marathon runners contributed to a total of more than $15 million raised
for the benefit of 140 charities. Since the Bank of America Chicago
Marathon charity program was officially established in 2002,
participants have raised more than $115 million for local, national and
"Jim Jenness and Mercy Home for Boys and Girls epitomize the true
charitable spirit and community connections that are an integral part of
the Bank of America Chicago Marathon," said Tim Maloney, Illinois
president, Bank of America. "It's our honor to present this
distinguished award to Jim for his outstanding efforts in supporting an
organization that, like the marathon, contributes to making a difference
Maloney joined Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski and Lally Daley
Hotchkiss last evening at a charity reception hosted by the Bank of
America Chicago Marathon to present the award to Jenness, a co-trustee
of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust, and member of the boards of
directors for Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, DePaul
University, Children's Memorial Hospital and the Mercy Home for Boys and
"I offer my sincere congratulations to Jim Jenness," said Mayor Daley.
"Jim's support of Mercy Home demonstrates the commitment that thousands
of runners make each year at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon -- and
this commitment has become a critical source of fundraising that truly
impacts our city."
The Mercy Home Heroes charity team became a part of the official Bank of
America Chicago Marathon Charity Program in 2011. In the last three
years, the team has raised approximately $750,000 through Marathon
"On behalf of the children served by Mercy Home, I am honored to accept
the prestigious Daley Award, which celebrates the powerful combination
of community passion and charitable spirit," said Jenness. "The Chicago
Marathon brings out the best our city has to offer, and I especially
love when the route passes by the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. These
children deserve the very best care and love, so seeing them puts an
extra bounce in my step. Through the generosity of many, our fundraising
propels Mercy Home forward, too."
Jenness joins John Nichols, president of the Disability Resource Group
(2012, Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois), Dr. José Oberholzer,
chief of the Division of Transplantation at the University of Illinois
Hospital (2011, The Chicago Diabetes Project), and Carl Allegretti, CEO
of Deloitte Tax (2010, Children's Memorial Hospital), as a recipient of
the prestigious Daley Award. These award-winning fundraisers, along with
the combined efforts of the thousands who commit to running for charity
each year, have made the Bank of America Chicago Marathon a critical
annual fundraiser for hundreds of nonprofit organizations and one of the
largest fundraising events in Illinois.
Although the registration lottery entry period for the 2014 Bank of
America Chicago Marathon has closed, registered runners can still opt to
join a charity team at any time by contacting one of the event's
affiliated nonprofits, or they can establish their own fundraising page
for an organization of their choice by going to www.crowdrise.com/chicagomarathon2014.
For those who still wish to participate in the 2014 race, the following
seven partner and associate level charities have entries available:
Advocate Health Care, American Red Cross, Chicago Parks Foundation,
Ronald McDonald House Charities, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society and Team World Vision. Go to www.chicagomarathon.com/charity
for more details.
About the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
In its 37th
year and a member of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America
Chicago Marathon annually attracts 45,000 participants, including a
world-class elite runner and wheelchair athlete field, and an estimated
1.7 million spectators. As a result of its national and international
draw, the iconic race assists in raising millions of dollars for a
variety of charitable causes while generating $243 million in annual
economic impact to its host city. The 2014 Bank of America Chicago
Marathon will start and finish in Grant Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. on
Sunday, October 12, 2014. In advance of the race, a two-day Health &
Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center onFriday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11. For more information about
the event and how to get involved, go to chicagomarathon.com.
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