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Brooksie Way Minigrants to be Awarded; Race Kickoff Planned for May 20 at Royal Park Hotel

Public Date: 5/16/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing & Communications Officer Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Waterford, Michigan -- The Brooksie Way Minigrant program will announce the first round of grant recipients for 2011 during a news conference at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 20, at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, 600 E. University, Rochester.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will hand out checks to the representatives from six projects who will receive funding through the Brooksie Way Minigrant program. Support from HealthPlus of Michigan, the presenting sponsor for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon - set for Oct. 2 - helps make the minigrant program possible. Bruce R. Hill, president and CEO for HealthPlus, will also be present to assist in the check presentation. News/Talk 760 WJR morning host Paul W. Smith will broadcast his show live from the hotel atrium.

Patterson created the Brooksie Way Minigrant program to use race proceeds to promote healthy, active lifestyles for Oakland County residents. Minigrants are awarded three times a year. Grant guidelines and applications are available on the Brooksie Way website, www.thebrooksieway.com.

The race kickoff will include an appearance from Greg Meyer, the last American male to win the Boston Marathon. A new improved start-finish line and new location for the race expo will be introduced as will new details on the CEO Challenge for corporate executives who want to participate in the race while encouraging their employees to participate. Details on the Brooksie Way Training Program will also be discussed.