REED CITY — Katie’s Kloset’s annual Tiara Fun Walk will continue its mission to help students stay warm this winter in Reed City on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Katie’s Kloset was started by Reed City’s division of the General Federation of Women’s Club, a national nonprofit organization, six years ago in honor of a member, Katie Scharlow, who lost her battle to cancer in 2012.
“We call it the Tiara walk because Katie was crowned Miss Reed City in, I believe, 2006,” said Reed City GFWC Chair Person Peggy Windquist. “She loved her tiaras, so it only seemed fitting to name the walk in her honor after something she loved.”
Normally held in June, the GFWC made the decision to hold the walk in September in hopes of getting more people to come.
“Normally we have around 50 to 70 people each year,” said Windquist. “There are so many weddings and open houses in June and with school starting, we thought it might just be better timing later in the year for more people.”
The money raised at the event will go to buying a variety of items for kids as the weather gets colder, according to Windquist.
“We buy things based on teachers recommendations from year to year,” she said. “We usually buy things like coats, tennis shoes, socks, hats, gloves or mittens and a limited amount of clothes.”
If one would like to participate in the walk on Saturday, same day registration starts at 8 a.m. and will begin and end at the Reed City Depot. It costs $20 to sign up and includes a T-shirt, while supplies last, and a bag with goodies for the walkers.
At the end of the walk, there will also be drawings for five $10 gift cards to local stores and restaurants.
“It’s just another way to say thank you to the participants and supporting us in our mission,” said Windquist.