7 win Mike Brown
By ALLISON BUELL
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT -- Mike Brown
and Kim Brown never lost their faith.
Despite not knowing how
well their golf outing would go or how much money they'd raise for
scholarships and donations, the Browns will be able to honor the memory of
their son Mike.
Mike Brown Jr., a 2002
graduate of Crown Point High School, died in a car accident last
September. The loss deeply affected the community.
"Brownie" was involved in
several community organizations, serving as a baseball umpire and
basketball official as well as working for the Crown Point Civil Defense.
"We wanted to be able to
give back to the community," said Kim.
The Browns have continued
what Mike Jr. started.
The Browns raised more
money than expected during the first annual Mike Brown Jr. Golf Outing on
July 13 and were able to give seven scholarships to graduating seniors at
Crown Point High School.
The Browns presented the
scholarships -- two $1,000 awards and five $500 awards -- at Pheasant
Valley Golf Course July 22.
Megan Reid and Brian
Murphy received $1,000 scholarships, while $500 scholarships were awarded
to Lauren Angel, Allison Isailovich, Matt Mahoney, Nicole Smoljan and
"It's hard to cope as
parents, but we have to remember that life goes on," said Kim. "We knew 99
percent of the people at the golf outing. It was nice to see everyone
celebrate Mike's life."
The Browns will also make
various donations to the organizations Mike was involved with.
"We hope to get more
sponsors next year and raise more money," said Kim. "Every little bit
Lauren Angel, an
18-year-old recipient, knew Mike and applied for the scholarhship.
"This whole thing is so
nice of them, it's so moving," she said. "They lost their son and look
what they are wiling to do for their community.
"The unforgettable thing
about Mike was his smile. He was amazing and amazingly funny. He'd do
anything for you."
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