Waterford, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is holding a news conference to award checks to seven Oakland County agencies through the Brooksie Way Minigrant program.
The check presentation is set for 2 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 24) in the first floor lobby of the Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, building 41 W, in Waterford Township. Representatives from the seven programs, which represent Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Rochester, Royal Oak and Waterford, are expected to attend the event.
The Brooksie Way, presented by HealthPlus, is an annual half marathon and 5K race named in honor of Brooks Stuart Patterson, a young father and son of the county executive, who died after an accident in 2007. The 2013 race is set for Sept. 29.
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. Grant guidelines and applications are available on the Brooksie Way website, www.thebrooksieway.com, and are reviewed three times a year - April 1, August 1 and December 1.
In three years, the program has awarded nearly $100,000 in minigrants to more than 150 organizations for support of health and wellness projects in the county.
Support from HealthPlus helps make the minigrant program possible.
EDITORS NOTE: The Brooksie Way press conference is about 100 feet away from the Active Shooter Training for Teachers, event scheduled for 1-3:30 p.m., in Executive Office Building Conference Center, making it easy for one crew to cover both events.