ELGIN – Ten years after 17-year-old Caitlin Weese was killed by a repeat drunken driver, a final walk will be held Saturday in her memory.
The annual Walk 5K for Caitlin event serves as a fundraiser for a charitable trust that provides college scholarships to Larkin High School students; helps St. Thomas More Catholic School, which hosts the walk each year; and supports the victims’ assistance fund for the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists.
With the final walk and subsequent raffles, which fall on what would have been Weese’s 28th birthday, the fund will be self-sustaining, the goal set by Weese’s mother, Diane Mains, who died unexpectedly in August 2006.
Weese was on her way home to Wonder Lake on May 22, 2003, when she was struck head-on by a drunken driver on Route 72 west of Gilberts.
She died two days later at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
It was one week before what would have been her graduation from Larkin High School and three weeks before her 18th birthday.
Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas More School, 1625 W. Highland Ave., Elgin, and the walk starts at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 18 and free for children 5 and younger.
After the walk, a silent auction and raffles featuring sports memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates, entertainment packages and cash prizes will be held.
For information or to register for the event, go to walk5kforcaitlin.com.