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

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 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

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