News & Notes - 7/26/23 Farmington Press

Farmington Press | Published July 26, 2023


Charity softball tournament scheduled
FARMINGTON HILLS — The city of Farmington Hills is partnering with Farmington SAFE  — Suicide Awareness For Everyone — to present a coed softball tournament 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Founders Sports Park, which is located at 35500 W. Eight Mile Road in Farmington Hills, according to a press release.

Members of the community are invited to sign up for a team or cheer on their favorite group, the release states.

Farmington Hills City Council member and SAFE Founder Ken Massey organizes the tournament.

With a theme of “Let’s Talk About It,” Farmington SAFE brings together community members, leaders and mental health experts to remove the stigma surrounding depression and provide a connection to available resources, according to the release.

Anyone interested in getting involved can attend Farmington SAFE meetings at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Farmington Hills City Hall.

Festivities are set to begin with a flag ceremony performed by the Farmington Hills Fire Department honor guard.

All entry fees and additional funds raised benefit Farmington SAFE and the Graham E. Smith Memorial Fund, according to the release. The fee to register is $375 per team, and it includes food and drink tickets.

For more information, visit or call (248) 871-2500.


Farmington Hills set to host 5K run/walk
FARMINGTON HILLS — The city of Farmington Hills is inviting community members and guests of all ages and abilities to participate in the Hawk Hustle 5K Run/Walk. The course is set to take walkers and runners on a scenic view through the city’s Kimberley subdivision, according to a press release from the city of Farmington Hills.

The event is limited to 400 participants. In its second year, organizers expect to double last year’s participation to 200 individuals, according to the release.

The Hawk Hustle 5K Run/Walk is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, on the track at The Hawk - Farmington Hills Community Center, located at 29995 W. 12 Mile Road.

articipants are encouraged to register by Friday, Sept. 15, to take advantage of discount pricing of $25 per person. After that, registration increases to $35 per person. Those who register by Sept. 30 are also guaranteed an official Hawk Hustle 5K Run/Walk T-shirt. Registration officially ends on Saturday, Oct. 7, with no day-of registration and no refunds, the release states.

Race participant packets will be available for pickup 7:30-8:45 a.m. at the Hawk on the day of the event. Spectators for the Hawk Hustle 5K Run/Walk are also welcome. They will gain an advantage view of the race from the bleachers at the Hawk, where the event will start and finish on the track, according to the release. On-site parking is available.

“Following the race, all runners and walkers will receive a medal and special awards by category including age, male and female will be presented,” the release states. “Individual accurate chip time and current overall and age group place will also be sent via text to each participant. Race stats will also be posted on the Hawk Hustle 5K Run/Walk official race website.”

For more information about Farmington Hills Hawk Hustle 5K Run/Walk and to see a map of the course, visit and search “Hawk Hustle.”


CARES awarded donation
FARMINGTON HILLS — Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance have awarded Bergstrom Insurance Agency a 2023 Make More Happen Award for its volunteerism with CARES of Farmington Hills, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering comprehensive support services for individuals and their families in underserved service areas in need of everyday necessities due to insufficient financial resources or family instability, according to a press release.

The award includes an initial donation of $5,000 for CARES of Farmington Hills, which can be doubled to $10,000 just by having community supporters vote online.

Running all July, the Bergstrom Insurance Agency and CARES of Farmington Hills community story is set to be highlighted on the official Make More Happen microsite at, where supporters can vote to help the team reach their donation goal.

If the featured story receives a mix of at least 500 votes and comments, the $5,000 donation will be raised to $10,000. The donation will be used for CARES to directly purchase food to continue to feed over 600 families per month, according to the release.