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September 15, 2014 14:23 ET

The Chicago Charity Challenge Celebrates Midpoint in Inaugural Corporate Fundraising Competition With Event on September 18

Employee-Powered Philanthropy Program Opens Applications for 2015

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - September 15, 2014) - The inaugural Chicago Charity Challenge, which launched in May has already raised more than $2 million for more than 20 local charities and logged more than 12,000 volunteer hours. To celebrate the midpoint of this year's challenge, teams will gather at Dave & Busters (1030 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Ill.) on Thursday, September 18 to compete for money for their charity and other prizes for their participation. The organization, also known as the Chicago Cha Cha, will simultaneously open the application process for corporations and charities interested in participating in the 2015 Chicago Charity Challenge.

"The Chicago Charity Challenge has exceeded our expectations these first four months," said Susan Hahn, Executive Director of the Chicago Charity Challenge. "This event provides the 2014 Cha Cha teams with another way to network, possibly raise additional funds for their charities, and celebrate what we've accomplished together."

The Chicago Charity Challenge has a vision of redefining corporate giving through employee participation, turning Giving into a team sport. The Cha Cha runs from May 1 through December 31 with an abundance of innovative fundraising events and activities planned. The Chicago Charity Challenge, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a platform for businesses to partner with their favorite charities to raise funds, volunteer time, and vie for five awards ranging from $5,000 - $10,000, which will be donated to the charities of the winning teams.

A recent 2013 report on corporate giving reveals that 59 percent of 240 major corporations surveyed gave more in 2012 than 2007, the year before the global recession began. Moreover, 40 percent of these companies expect giving to increase from 2012 to 2013 (Source: Giving in Numbers, 2013 Edition). Capitalizing on this trend, the Chicago Charity Challenge has also created a proprietary reporting system, which allows companies to track employees' donations and volunteer time. This tool allows the Chicago Charity Challenge to determine awards and helps companies incentivize their workforce.

Some of the 2014 Challenge teams include: Discover and Big Brothers Big Sisters, Fannie May and Park Lawn, Golub & Company and Chicago Botanic Garden, Groupon and Cure Violence, Kolcraft and March of Dimes, Mars and Greater Chicago Food Depository, Quaker and Common Threads, AbelsonTaylor and LaRabida Children's Hospital, and Starbucks and Concordia Place. For a complete list of participants visit the Challengers page at www.chicagochacha.org.

The Cha Cha is now accepting applications for its 2015 teams. Organizations that are interested in enhancing or creating a corporate giving program and embracing a culture of generosity are encouraged to visit ChicagoChaCha.org and submit an application. www.chicagochacha.org/sign-up/interest-form/

About Chicago Charity Challenge: Established in 2014, the Chicago Charity Challenge (affectionately called the Chicago Cha Cha), provides area businesses with a platform to support employee volunteer and fundraising efforts. Businesses partner with their favorite local charities to compete for five monetary prizes. This year, 19 teams are paired to compete in the inaugural Chicago Cha Cha. For more information call 312-506-5006 visit www.chicagochacha.org. Keep current with event announcements and more on www.Facebook.com/ChicagoChaCha and follow us on Twitter @ChicagoChaCha.

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