Each Fall Ballet Chicago hosts a Fall fundraiser to support our Philip and Marsha Dowd Merit Scholarship program, Dance for Tomorrow Scholarship programs, as well as our community projects, and offering tickets to underserved populations through our Gift of Dance program. Due to Covid-19 we are unable to host an in-person fundraiser this year, meanwhile our costs are rising due to scheduled rent increases, offering more virtual classes, and purchasing Covid-19 related supplies.
As the saying goes, the show must go on! The good news is you can support Ballet Chicago from the comfort of your own tennis shoes. We will be hosting a 6 week Walk-A-Thon that will allow you to get active while supporting artistic excellence step by step. Invite your friends and family to join in on the cause with you, or they can simply pledge a dollar amount to your personal campaign. Team challenges, friendly family competition, or reaching a personal fitness goal... the possibilities are endless!
Get active outside before the winter weather, all while supporting an organization that is dedicated to forging the next generation of artists through artistic excellence. Lace up those tennis shoes and let's hit the pavement fundraising!

E-bib included with $40.00 Soloist Member registration! E-bib is to be emailed and printed out upon registration.


E-bib and T-shirt included with $50.00 Principle Member registration!E-bib is to be emailed and printed out upon registration. We will offer T-shirt pick up days to redeem your T-shirt. More info to come.


COMPLETED: 3,576 miles
TARGET: 3,000 miles
RAISED: $ 7,005
TARGET: $ 15,000
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Co-founded in 1987 by acclaimed dancer/choreographer Daniel Duell and former ballerina Patricia Blair, Ballet Chicago’s mission is to educate and inspire young artists through the study of classical ballet, and in so doing, to lay a foundation of life skills that empowers each one to realize their full potential.

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We are pleased and proud to be able to keep our scholarship programs alive during these times of uncertainty. The Philip and Marsha Dowd Scholarship Program provides student tuition assistance through direct support, while the Dance For Tomorrow program gives $200,000 each year in tuition based scholarships to those in financial need. Our commitment to fostering diversity within the ranks of our young artists, regardless of race, religion, or culture, is at the core of Ballet Chicago. Access to high-quality training can be the crucial factor in a child realizing his or dreams of pursuing a dance career.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign. ?>

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How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

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Who can I contact if I need help?

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How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.