GOBLES, Mich. — Crystal Norton’s memory lives on. She was the 33-year-old single mother killed in a car accident in Portage last January. But her friends and co-workers are willing to do whatever it takes to keep her memory alive, even put on a golf fundraiser in her honor.
“They’re going to have prizes, silent auction, raffle, pig roast,” said Norton’s friend and co-worker Brenda Page. “We’re looking for anybody to sponsor a hole. It’s $50 to sponsor a hole.”
It’s called the 1st Annual Crystal Norton Memorial Page said and it's a four-person golf scramble at Shamrock Hills Golf Course in Gobles, held on Saturday August 13. The fun begins at 9am and they’re looking to have a team for each of the 18 holes at the course. The goal is to have fun and raise money for Norton’s 9-year-old daughter Asia.
“We’re trying to raise money to put into a trust for her,” said Page during an interview at Woody’s Goodies. “We have a trust started. All the donations from Woody’s Goodies went into that trust.”
Norton was killed the day after her daughter's birthday. A few days later, Page said they set up a trust fund. It’s since raised $10,000 for Asia. There’s a drop box near the cash register at the store. She said people come in all the time just to put money in it. They hope to raise thousands more at the golf outing.
“I think it means a lot to keep Crystal’s memory alive,” said Page. “Just to keep Asia in everybody’s thoughts, Crystal in everybody’s thoughts and let this little girl know that people care.”
The event costs $60 per person to play and $240 per team. Page said they've been planning the event since February and they think it'll be a fun way to bring the community together.
“It’s not meant to be a down day and everybody be sad,” said event organizer Angela Buis. “Crystal was never like that. She wanted everybody to be happy all the time. So come out, just be happy.”