Courtney became a teacher as she felt a calling to teach and mentor young children. She also had a special place in her heart for children that were less fortunate than others as that is shared in her tribute page. Courtney also wanted to help children that had difficulty with reading. That being said, the charity for this year's event is "Read Muskegon". Proceeds from this year's event will go to support the mission of "Read Muskegon" and inform people of the great need to address illiteracy. 

Some items of "Read Muskegon" and its work include:

  • Read Muskegon is the leading organization working to break the generational cycle of illiteracy in Muskegon County
  • Read Muskegon are experts in adult literacy instruction
  • Read Muskegon delivers instruction to where people live, work and find community -- at NO cost to learners
  • Over 20,000 people in Muskegon County are affected with literacy issues
  • Low literacy affects EVERYONE, families, businesses, healthcare systems, judicial systems, jails, public assistance, communities and all facets of life.
  • By working to eradicate illiteracy, "Read Muskegon" will make a positive impact by:
    • ​Overcoming stigma
    • Unlock potential
    • Empower individuals
    • Build healthier families and commuities
    • And many other items
  • Literacy is an issue of civic pride, civic responsibility and civic prosperity

To learn more about "Read Muskegon", its mission and how can be involved to support, volunteer or be a mentor, please click on their logo for more information: