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 global causes. “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 throughout Chicago.” 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 Girls. “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 fundraising efforts.“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 MarathonIn its 37 th 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 on Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11. For more information about the event and how to get involved, go to chicagomarathon.com. Bank of AmericaBank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. We serve approximately 49 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,100 retail banking offices and approximately 16,200 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users and more than 15 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.