‘Celebrate Kate’ annual 5K fundraiser back in-person

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 7th annual 5K was back in person this year to honor the life of Kathryn ‘Kate’ Mauke and raise awareness of domestic violence.

A spitfire, fearless, and a leader. That is how friends and family are remembering Kate.

“Such a big personality who has touched a lot of lives, she was going to change the world. She has made such an impact on this short amount of time she’s been here on earth,” Darian Barlow, a friend of Kate’s, told 22News.

Kate’s loved ones gathered once more for an event to support a good cause, and to celebrate a life taken too soon.

“She wanted to go out and make change and be that person pushing people to do the right thing,” Dean Berry, Kate’s teacher, said.

Called “Celebrate Kate,” the 5K is held in memory of the 17-year-old and successful student. Kate was a senior at Sabis International Charter School when she was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in February of 2015. Now family and friends honor Kate’s memory each year with an annual run, to raise awareness on domestic violence

Another friend, Jordan Williams told 22News, “We can use Kathryn Mauke’s story as a way to inspire victims of domestic abuse to speak out and hopefully put them in a better place.”

Kate’s mother, Jennifer Mauke said this event honors her daughter’s legacy.

“She just loved life. She was always there for somebody, always if you needed a friend she was there. She was larger than life. Just a spitfire,” she said.

The proceeds from the event fund scholarships for seniors at Sabis International Charter School, as well as organizations like the YWCA that support women at risk. Nearly $20,000 has been donated so far over the years. To learn more about “Celebrate Kate,” Click Here.

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