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Thursday, July 31, 2003

7 win Mike Brown scholarships

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 Wendy Kurcz.

"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 helps."

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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