Katty Shack 5k to raise funds for crime victims

Becky Vargo • Apr 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM

The seventh annual Katty Shack 5k Memorial Run is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday in Grand Haven. A 1-mile walk/run will start at 9:15 a.m.

Late registration ($30) and packet pickup is from 7-8:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 527 Taylor Ave.

The race begins on Taylor Avenue, just west of Sheldon Road. Due to construction on Grand Avenue, the course will take runners to Woodlawn and Lake avenues; along Harbor Drive to Sherman, Howard and Sheldon; and back to Marion where they finish by the church.

A free pancake breakfast will be held at the church after the run.

Runners and the community may also fuel up the night before at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser set for 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick’s and St. Anthony’s Family Center, 920 Fulton Ave. The cost is $10 for ages 13 and older, and $7 for ages 12 and younger. Late registration and packet pickup will also take place during the dinner.

Ottawa County’s Crime Victim Rights Coordinator Joan Grillo and Natalie Kik-Brown started the race to raise funds in honor of Kik-Brown’s daughter, Katherine “Katty” Brown; the 18-year-old girl’s boyfriend, Jeremy Zimmer, 20; his brother, Tyler, 17; and their mother, Sharmaine. The Zimmers and Katherine Brown were murdered in 2008 in Wright Township. Katherine Brown was beaten and the Zimmers were shot, and then left to die in a house fire.

Troy Brake is serving a life sentence in prison without chance of parole after being sentenced for the murders.

Kik-Brown and Grillo said the goal is to raise $10,000, which will be donated to the Michigan Crime Victim Foundation. Those funds are used to provide grants to victims who are in danger of losing housing, utilities, transportation or employment. They are also used to help human trafficking victims with transition needs, to supply gas and food cards to domestic violence victims in shelters, and help fund the Canine Advocacy Program.


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