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Chelsea Logo composited with New York Skyline at Dusk and the Special Olympics - Illinois and the LETR Torch Run Logos

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., August 3, 2023 — Chelsea Financial Services celebrates Financial Advisor MacRunnels and his wife Colleen who together have been the top fundraiser for Special Olympics in the State of Illinois multiple times in the past 20 years. The Advisor MacRunnels surpassed One Million Dollars raised during the past 11 years of their 20-year involvement with the Special Olympics via the LETR – Law Enforcement Torch Run. Chelsea Financial honors their Advisor MacRunnels with a donation and publicity sponsorship for their August 20th Event: ‘Pulling For Special Olympics Illinois Sporting Clay Shoot.’

“My wife Colleen was first ‘assigned’ to the Special Olympics as required charity work by her boss, the Warden of the Department of Corrections where she worked,” stated Advisor MacRunnels. “It was one of the best things that ever happened to us. We fell in love with these kids and the Special Olympics became our passion.”

Special Olympics Fundraising

The MacRunnels adopted the Maple Park, IL Police Department, funneling all of their Special Olympics Fundraising through the LETR – The Law Enforcement Torch Run, a charity event that is closing in on raising 1B for the Special Olympics. The majority of the donations raised for LETR remain in the State of Illinois for local and state Special Olympics programs.

“Our goal for 2023 is our largest ever, $250k, since we want to raise money for Special Olympic participant scholarships as well.” stated MacRunnels. “There are many events in which to sponsor or participate, including participating as a shooter in the Clay Shoot, the ‘Polar Plunge’ event, the ‘Wheel-O-Meat’, or simply by donating to the LETR.”

Advisor MacRunnels recently joined his business with another Chelsea Financial Services Rep, Mike Jump. They have been friends for decades and have had many successful fundraising efforts with the popular ‘Wheel-O-Meat’ fundraising concept. “The ‘Wheel-O-Meat’ fundraising events are really successful, even if they sound a little crazy.” joked Jump, who helped fundraise with multiple ‘Wheel-O-Meat’ events, including the more recently renamed ‘Wheel-O-Service’ for the local VFW post. “The ‘Wheel-O-Meat’ continues to be a great and very popular fundraiser for our Special Olympics fundraising, going on 18 years. We’re even being asked to help run ‘Wheel-O-Meat’ events in other communities.” added Advisor MacRunnels.

Chelsea Financial Services Company President

Chelsea Financial Services Company President, John Pisapia remarked: “We’re very proud of both Advisor MacRunnels and Mike Jump and everything they’ve done for Special Olympics and Veterans in Sandwich, IL, Elburn, IL, and their surrounding communities. Now that they’re joining their businesses together, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with…Not only in charity, but also in Financial Services.”

MacRunnels lives in Sugar Grove, IL with his wife of 41 years, Colleen, retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections. They have one son, Jamie, 36, who works in Juvenile Justice as a Recordkeeping Supervisor. MacRunnels is a Financial Advisor licensed since 1989 with a Series 6 and also sells insurance in WI, IL, SC, TN, CO, ID, AZ, AR, and FL. He joined Mike Jump’s successful financial services group in May of 2023, where securities are offered through Chelsea Financial Services and Advisory Services are offered through Chelsea Advisory Services.

Please join Chelsea Financial Services in supporting advisor MacRunnels and the Special Olympics in the Sporting Clay Shoot on August 20th, 2023 by contacting Advisor MacRunnels at

About Chelsea Financial Services.

Chelsea Financial Services is a national full-service brokerage firm. Chelsea opened its first brokerage office in Staten Island, New York in 1999. Celebrating 24 years, Chelsea Financial clients receive investment, retirement and financial planning advice from 83 Registered Representatives based in 25 States. Visit for more information.


This annual event is held by the LETR – Law Enforcement Torch Run (Maple Park Police Department) and will be held on August 20, 2023 at the St. Charles Sportsman Club in Elburn, IL. To donate, sponsor, or inquire, contact advisor MacRunnels at (630) 715-7576 or via email at  Find out more about the event on their Facebook Page at


Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more.  Visit for more information.

Media Contact for Chelsea:
John Pisapia
(866) 898-5800
242 Main Street, Staten Island, NY 10307

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