Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

  1. What is the deadline to register online for Aon Step Up for Kids?
  2. What is the cost of registration? Are the registration fees refundable?
  3. How many people do you need to form a team?
  4. Can I join a team after I've already signed up as an individual?

Fundraising

  1. What is the minimum fundraising amount and what is the deadline to turn in pledges?
  2. What online fundraising tools are offered to Aon Step Up for Kids participants?
  3. What happens if I do not reach my minimum $100 fundraising goal by February 28, 2017?
  4. Where can my contributors go to make a donation?
  5. Are donations made on my behalf tax deductible?
  6. Will Lurie Children's Foundation acknowledge my contributors?
  7. How can I find out if my company offers a matching gift?
  8. How can I check my fundraising totals throughout the program?
  9. Why does my registration fee not appear in my fundraising thermometer?
  10. How much am I required to raise if I'm on a team?
  11. If I'm a team captain, how should I calculate my team goal?

Event Details

  1. How many floors are there in the Aon Center? How many total steps?
  2. Are water bottles allowed in the stairwells? What floors have water stations?
  3. What floors have restrooms?
  4. Are prizes awarded to the top male/female finishers?
  5. Are friends and family (non-steppers) allowed at the Mid-America Club Celebration?
  6. How early should I arrive on the day of the event?
  7. Is there onsite gear check at the event?
  8. What if I have a question that isn't answered above?

Start Times

  1. How are start times assigned? Can I change my start time?
  2. How can I get a preferred start time for the event?
  3. How can I guarantee consecutive start times for my friends, family and me?

Registration

What is the deadline to register online for Aon Step Up for Kids?

The deadline is Monday, January 23 at noon, or when capacity has been reached (3,250).

What is the cost of registration? Are the registration fees refundable?

Registration for all adults is $50 plus the $100 minimum fundraising pledge. All adults must commit to the minimum fundraising commitment ($100). While children 12 and under are always free, they are still encouraged to meet the minimum fundraising commitment ($100). Both the registration fee and the minimum $100 fundraising commitment are non-refundable.

How many people do you need to form a team?

Two people are required to form a team. There is no maximum number of people allowed on a team; the more, the merrier!

Can I join a team after I've already signed up as an individual?

Yes. Please contact us and we will assist you further.

Fundraising

What is the minimum fundraising amount and what is the deadline to turn in pledges?

Each Aon Step Up for Kids participant is committed to raising a minimum of $100. All donations must be turned in by noon on Friday,
February 28, 2017.

What online fundraising tools are offered to Aon Step Up for Kids participants?

Steppers are encouraged to create a personal fundraising page on our event website where you can track fundraising, store contacts and share their story. There are many tools available such as a fundraising letter template and pledge form. The more your friends and family know about your commitment, the more likely they will support you.

What happens if I do not reach my minimum $100 fundraising goal by February 28, 2017?

If the minimum pledge amount of $100 is not received on or before February 28, Lurie Children's has the authority to charge the remaining balance due to the stepper's credit card on that date.

Where can my contributors go to make a donation?

The fastest and easiest way is to refer your supporters to the personal fundraising page you create on the website. For those who prefer to write a check, checks should be made payable to Lurie Children's Foundation (please write the stepper's name on the memo line) and mailed to:

Lurie Children’s Foundation Attn: Aon Step Up for Kids
225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 4
Chicago, IL 60611-2991
Are donations made on my behalf tax deductible?

Yes, all donations in which goods or services are not received are 100 percent tax deductible. Donors will receive a gift receipt and acknowledgment letter from Lurie Children's Foundation. The $50 registration fee is not tax deductible.

Will Lurie Children's Foundation acknowledge my contributors?

Lurie Children's will send a gift receipt and acknowledgment letter to anyone who makes a donation on behalf of a stepper within 10 business days of receiving the gift.

How can I find out if my company offers a matching gift?

First, check to see if your company has a matching gift program that provides matches for health organizations using the tool below. Obtain and fill out your company's matching gift form (available by your Human Resources) and send it in with your pledge money.

How can I check my fundraising totals throughout the program?

You can keep track of your fundraising efforts by utilizing your online stepper's page. This tool allows you to log on and review your pledges any time. When a donation is made online, it is processed automatically and is added toward your fundraising total. Donations made by check or money order will be processed and counted toward your total within 10 business days after it is received by our office.

Event Details

How many floors are there in the Aon Center? How many total steps?

There are 80 floors and 1,643 steps.

Are water bottles allowed in the stairwells? What floors have water stations?

No. For safety reasons, water bottles are not allowed in the stairwells. For your convenience, water will be offered on floors 10, 21, 30, 40, 52, 62, 72 and 80. Water will also be available at the event food court located on the mezzanine level of the main lobby.

What floors have restrooms?

Restrooms will be available on floors 10, 20, 30, 40, 51, 61, 71 and 80. There is also a public bathroom for participants and guests in the lower lobby.

Are prizes awarded to the top male/female finishers?

Medals will be awarded to the top three female and male finishers. Medals will be mailed out to the winners post-event.

Are friends and family (non-steppers) allowed at the Mid-America Club Celebration?

Friends and family of steppers are welcome to attend the event. Guests must remain in the lower lobby and are required to check all gear (including coats and purses). Guests will not be allowed on the 80th Floor.

How early should I arrive on the day of the event?

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your start time.

Is there onsite gear check at the event?

There will be a complimentary secured gear check at the Aon Center monitored by volunteers. Each stepper is required to check all gear, as personal items are not allowed past the main lobby of the event. Your gear will be checked according to your bib number. We cannot be responsible for any lost or stolen items, so please do not check anything of value.

What if I have a question that isn't answered above?

Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you further.

Start Times

How are start times assigned? Can I change my start time?

Start times will be assigned from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and posted on the event website after noon on Wednesday, January 25. Please note that once bibs/chips are assigned, we cannot re-assign start times. Unless you qualify as an "Elite Climber" we cannot guarantee a specific start time. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your assigned start time.

How can I get a preferred start time for the event?

Please visit the Elite Climbers page for more details.

How can I guarantee consecutive start times for my friends, family and me?

To guarantee consecutive start times, you must form a team of at least two people.