YOU can help sick kids in Chicago get their magic back!

Hold up… does running 26.2 miles really help kids in the hospital?

You bet your sweet shoelaces! The funds raised by the 2016 Charity Team will help us recruit and train more Volunteer Hospital Magicians and purchase the supplies our volunteers need – including the ones left behind after teaching each young patient how to perform a trick. Your fundraising will bring magic and smiles to thousands of children and their families, right when and where they need it the most.

Because we are a small organization, your participation will have a massive impact. With the help of the Charity Team last year, we were able to reach 9,467 kids – more than ever before – including 1,168 kids placed in Isolation. Before we launched this groundbreaking program, our magicians were unable to entertain and empower these vulnerable kids due to contagious illnesses or weakened immune systems. Now, no child is forgotten.

We will make sure you have everything you need to achieve your goals, help you fundraise and surround you with great people who want to bring more magic to kids in hospitals! There are two ways to join the team.

Option 1: Guaranteed entry to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

As an official charity of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we’ve got guaranteed entries to this year’s race – cha-ching! All guaranteed entries have a minimum $1,250 fundraising commitment. If this sounds scary, don’t worry; we’ll share fundraising secrets and best practices to help you hit your fundraising level, easy as pie. Mmm, pie.

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And to sweeten the deal: the first 50 runners who sign up with us have their registration fees paid for! Jump on it and participate at absolutely no cost to you. We do not have unlimited entries though, so make sure you join our team today. These spots are sure to be in high demand and will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Charity Team registration period opens March 8th. Once you’ve joined the team, we’ll send you a unique Bank of America Chicago Marathon registration URL specific for the Open Heart Magic Charity Team.

Next Steps for Guaranteed Entry

Step 1: Join the Charity Team
Step 2: High-five your neighbors, co-workers, and/or your neighbor’s dog! You’re officially part of the 2016 Charity Team.
Step 3: We will reach out to you with details on how to register for the Chicago Marathon, once the registration for guaranteed Charity Team entry opens March 8th.
Step 4: Using the unique URL provided to you, register for the Chicago Marathon and solidify your place on the greatest team that’s ever been discovered in the universe! Thanks, NASA!
Step 5: Start fundraising with the super easy personalized fundraising webpage for convenient and safe online donations.*
Step 6: Ask people to begin addressing you by your proper name, “The Cat’s Meow” (because you are).

*Deadline for donations due by October 31, 2016.

Option 2: Put your name in the drawing for a spot

The drawing period opens March 15th. You’ll submit your info into the system on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon website… and wait.

These entrants will be notified of their selection status once the drawing period closes.

If you secure a spot through the drawing and decide you are interested in running with our Charity Team, high-five to you, Superstar! All drawing entries have a $500 fundraising commitment. If you don’t secure a spot, you can still join our team! All post-close entries have a $1,750 minimum fundraising commitment.

Next Steps for Awarded Entry Through The Drawing

Step 1:  Wait to find out if you are awarded a drawing entry. Stop biting your nails, your mother would be upset!
Step 2: If awarded an entry, dance a celebratory jig on over to our team page!
Step 3: Join the Charity Team. Woohoo! You’re officially part of the team!
Step 4: Start fundraising with the super easy personalized fundraising webpage for convenient and safe online donations.*

*Deadline for donations due by October 31, 2016.

What kids go through and how Open Heart Magic helps

By joining the team, the funds you raise will ensure Hospital Magicians can continue reaching thousands of sick kids each year. These kids face tough situations while in the hospital and our Hospital Magicians are specially trained to help them during that critical time when they need magic most. The video will give you an inside look into what it’s like to be a sick kid in the hospital.

Charity Team Support & Benefits

  • Guaranteed entry into the Bank of America Chicago Marathon*
  • Kick-off Meeting
  • Events and access to CARA’s Marathon Training Program**
  • Pre-Marathon carbo-load dinner with fellow runners
  • Sleek and sharp Open Heart Magic Charity Team training & race day technical t-shirts
  • Fund-raising secrets and best practices to help you hit your goal
  • A strong online community to share the experience and stay on course to success
  • The legendary Marathon Day Road Crew cheer section
  • Charity Team Appreciation Party – previously at Goose Island and Lagunita’s Brewery
  • Crazy fun folks – from seasoned marathoners to first time runners

*Please Note: $1,250 is required in fundraising for a Bank of America Chicago Marathon guaranteed entry through the Charity Team and $1,750 if using a Post-Drawing guaranteed entree. Limited guaranteed entries are available and are given out on a first-come, first serve basis.

**If you sign up for CARA through Charity Team, the fundraising minimum increases by $250 to cover costs.

Charity Team Elite Fundraisers Rewards!

Elite fundraisers (top female and male fundraisers on the Charity Team) benefits:
  • Elite Fundraiser Trophy as proof of your victorious feat
  • Premium Open Heart Magic track suit/warm-up gear
  • Open Heart Magic Swag Bag
  • Entry-fee for next year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon guaranteed to be covered*
  • You and guest will be honored at the 11th Annual Open Heart Magic Benefit!

Final fundraising totals will be closed EOD October 31, 2016 for the Elite contest.

*Only applicable if Elite runner rejoins and recommits to the Open Heart Magic Charity Team the following year.

Join our Team Today!

Questions? Contact the Charity Team Directly

If you have any immediate questions then please contact Emily Clouse, at emily@openheartmagic.org.
Or call our office at 312-624-8079.