Akron Rotary’s Chili Open Golf Classic presented by Wayne Homes is one of Summit County’s largest and most unique promotional venues. The event consists of a daylong golf outing and chili dinner at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Drawing a crowd of 500+ attendees, the event has captured the attention of the greater Akron region every year since 1990.

While the purpose of the Chili Open is to raise operating funds for the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, the event is an ideal cause marketing opportunity for Summit County businesses.

The contents of this Sponsorship Benefits Guide explain the extensive exposure available to companies, foundations and individuals that choose to partner with the Akron Rotary’s Chili Open. Benefit packages have been designed to provide choices to fit any budget. However, anyone that is interested in creating their own package should discuss their needs with any Akron Rotarian or by calling Amanda Warner at 330.644.4512 or mailto:amandaw@akronymca.org

2018 Chili Open Sponsorship Packages


These packages are focused on providing financial support for children and adults with special needs to attend camp. Each year almost 2,000 children and adults with special needs attend Akron Rotary Camp’s day, overnight or respite camp programs at one of two locations in the greater Akron community. These core programs provide a safe place for campers to learn and develop while school is not in session.

This package provides the maximum print, radio, and TV advertising impressions for a business and includes:

  • Supporting the overall mission of Rotary Camp through providing financial assistance to 15 families who have children with special needs
  • Front cover logo, full page color ad, and sponsorship listing in Chili Open newspaper publication (see advertising page for specifics)
  • Name inclusion on all promotional materials and press releases: including radio and television marketing
  • Opportunity to include marketing material in golf packets
  • Representation on Chili Open Facebook and featured posts
  • Banner with Company logo and/or name on display at Hale Farms on event day
  • Name listing on the sponsorship banner in the clubhouse on event day, and year long display at Akron Rotary Camp
  • Logo and name on the Chili Open website
  • Logo included on event t-shirt
  • Course sponsorship with company logo on hole flags
  • 2 VIP golf foursomes with preferred tee time and 10 clubhouse passes

This package provides the maximum print, radio, and TV advertising impressions for a business and includes:

  • Supporting the overall mission of Rotary Camp through providing financial assistance to 10 families who have children with special needs
  • 1/2 page color ad and sponsorship listing in the Chili Open newspaper publication (see advertising page for specifics)
  • Name inclusion in all promotional materials and press releases: including radio and television marketing
  • Opportunity to include marketing material in golf packets
  • Representation on Chili Open Facebook and featured posts
  • Name listing on the sponsorship banner in the clubhouse on event day, and year long display at Akron Rotary Camp
  • Banner with Company logo and/or name on display at Hale Farm on event day.
  • Logo and name on Chili Open website
  • Name listing included on event t-shirt
  • 1 VIP golf foursome with preferred tee time and 10 clubhouse passes for guests

This package provides the maximum print advertising impressions for a business and includes:

  • Provides respite weekend care to 5 families who have children with special needs
  • 1/4 page ad and sponsorship listing in the Chili Open newspaper publication (see advertising page for specifics)
  • Representation on Chili Open facebook and featured posts
  • Name listing on the sponsorship banner in the clubhouse on event day, and year long display at Akron Rotary Camp
  • Name listing on Chili Open website
  • Name listing included on event t-shirt
  • 1 hole sponsorship
  • 1 golf foursome and 5 clubhouse passes for guests

This package is a good balance between exposure and supporting the cause and includes:

  • Provides 1 week of camp for a child with special needs
  • 1/8 page ad and Sponsorship listing in Chili Open newspaper publication (see advertising page for specifics)
  • Name listing on Chili Open website
  • Name listing on the sponsorship banner in the clubhouse on event day, and year-long display at Akron Rotary Camp
  • 1 hole sponsorship
  • 1 golf foursome
  • Provides 1 week of camp for a child with special needs
  • Sponsorship listing in Chili Open newspaper publication
  • Name listing on sponsorship banner in the clubhouse on event day and year-long display at Akron Rotary Camp
  • 1 hole sponsorship
  • 1 golf foursome

Newspaper Advertising


While many packages above combine the advantage of the incredible print marketing opportunities described below together with the caring support of families with disabilities, if a company truly only desires to engage in a print marketing type of activity, we have options for those companies as well.

The Chili Open has partnered with Leader Publication and Record Publishing to deliver real media exposure to advertisers and sponsors. The West Side Leader, South Side News Leader, Cuyahoga Falls News-Press, Hudson Hub-Times, News Leader, Stow Sentry, Tallmadge Express, and Twinsburg Bulletin have agreed to provide 600 column inches of advertising that will include mentions of all program sponsors. Any interested business can purchase advertisements in this special edition tabloid according to the rates listed below. This publication will run in mid-to- end January 2017. With an ABC certified circulation of 135,000 households, this tabloid size publication can offer advertisers impressions as low as $0.27 CPM (cost per thousand), an unheard of value in print media. Additionally, more than 1,000 additional copies will be distributed at the event.

9.5″ wide x 12.5″ tall – $2,500

9.5″ wide x 12.5″ tall – $2,000

9.5″ wide x 6.25″ tall – $1,000

4.75″ wide x 6.25″ tall – $800

4.75″ wide x 3.125″ tall – $500

Ad/Art Files


Ad Deadline January 5, 2018. Ads must be submitted as electronic “press ready” graphic files that conform to the following:

  • 300 dpi resolution
  • PDF, EPS, TIFF, or JPG
  • 1 color (gray scale) or 4 color (CMYK)
  • If providing a vector file, ensure all fonts are changed to outlines.
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