At the Fifth Annual “Fuel Up for Katty Shack” pre-race dinner, Joan Grillo of the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Service to Victims of Crime from the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan.
Over the past five years, Joan has worked tirelessly to co-coordinate the Katty Shack Race. The 5K and one mile run/walk was created to honor four lives tragically taken in September of 2008 in Wright Township: Katherine Brown (nicknamed “Katty Shack”); and Jeremy, Tyler and Sharmaine Zimmer. Alongside Joan in this endeavor is Natalie Kik-Brown, the mother of Katherine Brown. This year marked the fifth and largest Katty Shack Race to date. The event had close to 500 participants and earned $14,000 for the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan. Over the past five years, the Katty Shack Race has been able to support the foundation with a total contribution of $51,500. The Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan was established 1992, by the late Senator William VanRegenmorter as a safety net for victims of crime who have no other means of assistance.
Joan has been with Ottawa County for 16 years as the Victim’s Rights Coordinator in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Prior to coming to Ottawa County, Joan was the Victim’s Rights Coordinator in the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office. She has also acted as a volunteer for many years on the Sheriff’s Office’s Crisis Response Team. Joan has donated her time and talents to many other organizations assisting victims throughout her career both in Ottawa and Muskegon Counties. From the grass roots beginnings of crime victim’s rights in the early 1980’s, she has dedicated her career to assisting victims of crime and continues to promote awareness and raise funds for this cause.
Submitted by Deanna Sears, Office Administrator, Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office