Waterford, Michigan -- Nine Oakland County projects will receive funding through the Brooksie Way Minigrant program on Thursday, May 24, at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester.
The minigrants will be presented during the 2012 race kickoff breakfast of The Brooksie Way Presented by HealthPlus of Michigan. The breakfast begins at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. in the Royal Park ballroom. The total awards exceed $10,000.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Bruce Hill, president and CEO of HealthPlus, will present the awards. HealthPlus of Michigan is the presenting sponsor of The Brooksie Way. News Talk Radio 760 WJR and the Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live from the event.
The Brooksie Way, now in its fifth year, includes a half marathon and 5k run or walk and a one mile "fun run." The 2012 race is set for Sept. 30. More information and registration is available at www.thebrooksieway.com
. The Brooksie Way is named in honor of Brooks Stuart Patterson, a young father and son of the county executive, who died after an accident in 2007.
Patterson will discuss the formation of the Brooksie Way Foundation, an expanded partnership with Oakland University, introduce the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) as the new finish line sponsor and unveil the 2012 "anniversary" race logo. DMC President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Duggan will appear as will Greg Meyer, the elite athlete coordinator for the Brooksie Way and the last American male to win the Boston Marathon.
In two years, the program has awarded nearly $73,000 in minigrants to 70 organizations for support of health and wellness projects in the county. 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. The maximum award is $2,000.