OTTAWA - The Putnam County Educational Foundation in conjunction with the Putnam County Task Force for Youth have been formally announced as a 2014 grant recipient of the annual Marathon Classic Charity. They will be presented their check next year at this time.
Mike Klear with the Educational Service Center and the Task Force said the funding will be used to promote healthy lifestyle choices among the youth in Putnam County.

"We will plan and implement a yearlong alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention campaign," Klear said.

On Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, Klear, Dr. Jan Osborn, Kathy Schroeder and John Agner attended the 2013 Marathon Classic Charity Luncheon,

Since 1984 the Tournament has raised $8.1 million for over 100 northwest Ohio Children organizations. Among the 2013 grant recipients were the Challenged Champions Equestrian Center and the Putnam County Board of Developmental Disorders. Total distribution for 2013 was $378,000.

The Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund was presented a check for $27,000 while nine other charities - Ronald McDonald House of NW Ohio, Bittersweet Farms, Diabetes Youth Services, Hancock County Center for Safe & Healthy Children, Imagination Station, Serenity Farms, Sylvania Area Family Services, Together We Can Make a Difference, and Toledo Hearing and Speech Center - all were awarded $25,000.

Thirteen other charities, including the two Putnam County charities, received contributions from $2,000 to $21,000.

The Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I has made the hopes and dreams come true for many Northwest Ohio children. The tournament was first held in 1984 at Glengarry Country Club (presently Stone Oak Country Club) until 1988 when it moved to Highland Meadows Golf Club. In 1984 the purse was only $175,000 and 100 golfers played in the tournament. Since that first tournament, the growth of the event has been due to the support of many local businesses and strong community support.

The tournament has become a highlighted stop on the LPGA tour. It was voted fifth favorite of all the stops. The purse has grown substantially from that first year to $1,300,000. The tournament has become a huge event in Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan attracting over 70,000 spectators.
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