Brooksie Way minigrants near $67,000 in funding for seven Oakland County projects

A Southfield program that provides bikes for special needs children, an exercise program for seniors and a 5k walk to address the stigma of mental illness are among the latest recipients of Brooksie Way Minigrant funding.

Seven mini grants, which were given out Sept. 31 at the Royal Park Hotel during a sponsors reception for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon and 5k, are taken from race proceeds to promote health and wellness projects and active lifestyles in Oakland County. More than $9,400 will be given to the recipients, bringing the total of minigrant awards to nearly $67,000.

“Proceeds from the Brooksie Way are going to a creative and positive fund,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We are funding community programs that over time will elevate the health and wellness of Oakland County residents and improve their quality of life.”

Support from HealthPlus of Michigan, the presenting sponsor for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon, helps make the minigrant program possible.

“As the presenting sponsor of The Brooksie Way, HealthPlus is pleased to help support the minigrant program,” said Bruce R. Hill, HealthPlus president and CEO. “Our corporate vision is A Healthier Community and we’re proud to be involved in The Brooksie Way, which not only encourages healthy lifestyles, but helps support other groups as well.”

The Brooksie Way is an annual half marathon and 5k race named in memory of Brooks Stuart Patterson, a young father and the son of the county executive, who died after an accident in 2007.

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. Grant applications are accepted and reviewed three times a year – April 1, Aug. 1 and Dec. 1.

Awards were made to the following organizations:

Dorothy & Peter Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Care Program at JVS, Southfield
PEP — “Preventative Exercise Project”
The Dorothy & Peter Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Care Program at JVS will offer the Preventative Exercise Program, between Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 at its Southfield and West Bloomfield sites. The exercise program includes movement to music, tai chi and yoga to approximately 100 senior adults.

Community Network Services Fund, Farmington Hills
“Stomp Out Stigma 5k Walk” is a community walking event that promotes cardiovascular exercise and healthy living among Oakland County residents while simultaneously addressing the stigma of mental illness. The event is operated by Community Network Services Fund and the CNS Anti-Stigma Program. The event is held at Independence Oaks.

Oakland University Department of Campus Recreation, Rochester
“OU Walks! Across America” is a walking program designed for the students, faculty and staff of Oakland University is held through Dec. 1 by the university’s Department of Campus Recreation. Each participant records their steps and tracks their progress on a map of the United States posted in the Recreation Center. The challenge is for participants to walk the equivalent distance from Rochester to Los Angeles.

Dutton Farm Inc., Rochester
“Healthy Living”
Dutton Farm will use its Brooksie Way Minigrant to purchase indoor therapeutic exercise equipment for its participants to use during the winter months. This will expand its Healthy Living program’s year-round offerings.

Variety, The Children’s Charity (Detroit Tent 5), Southfield
“Bikes for Kids / Kids on the Move Program”
The grant will purchase and/or modify bicycles for use by local children with special needs.

Michigan AIDS Coalition, Ferndale
“Health & Fitness for Individuals Infected and Affected with HIV/AIDS”
The Michigan AIDS Coalition will present a six-week program that presents the facets of health and fitness for those infected and affected with the HIV/AIDS virus. Every Wednesday evening for six weeks, speakers will present various topics, including: nutrition, muscle therapy and Reiki.

Bridgewood Church, Clarkston
Bridgewood Church of Clarkston sponsors a “1 Day 5k / One Day to Feed the World event.” The certified run includes a 1 mile family fun walk as an alternative for family participation. The event is part of a larger program, One Day to Feed the World weekend that benefits children in Pontiac.

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