PURPLE COMMUNITY ® EVENTS For all upcoming events, please visit us at www.PurpleCommunity.org Highlights of Hope / Winter 2014 18 March 7 Grand Rapids Griffins Purple Game April 5 Grand Valley State University Pre-Soma 5k May 16 Duncan Lake Middle School Community Cancer Walk July 29 West Michigan Whitecaps Purple Baseball Game September 13 Mari J. Meyer Pancreatic Cancer Trail Run for Hope Van Andel Institute supporters form a ribbon on the Detroit Red Wings’ ice following Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Fighting Cancer with Hockey Purple Community makes it possible to support biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute in many ways. Hockey games have become one of the most popular community events, and Purple Community has continued to cultivate partners who contribute to their success. Van Andel Institute - Purple Community partnered with the Detroit Red Wings to sponsor Hockey Fights Cancer Night on October 26, 2013. The sold-out game against the New York Rangers packed Joe Louis Arena with more than 20,000 fans. All attendees at the game were given Purple Community rally towels, a Share Your Story card and a marker. Those in attendance were invited to write the name of a friend or family member who had been affected by cancer on the card and hold it up during a break in the game. Thousands of individuals held up cards in the emotional display of cancer awareness. Hockey Fights Cancer Night was a great success for both Van Andel Institute and the Detroit Red Wings and is seen as the beginning of a lasting partnership. Members of Purple Community traveled to Wings Stadium on February 8, 2014 for a Kalamazoo Wings Purple Game. Although Purple Community has partnered with Kalamazoo-area schools Otsego and Plainwell, this was the first K-Wings Purple Game. “In 2014, Purple Community hopes to do more events in Kalamazoo,” said Purple Community National Programs Manager Nikki Outhier. “We want the area to know more about Van Andel Institute and the world-class research and science education taking place in our backyard.” Purple Community also returns to Van Andel Arena for a Purple Game with the Grand Rapids Griffins on March 7, 2014. The third annual Griffins Purple Game is a highly anticipated event for Purple Community and expected to be a sold-out event. “We have a wonderful relationship with the Grand Rapids Griffins, and we’re working together to make this the best Purple Game yet,” said Outhier. Partnerships with the Detroit Red Wings, Kalamazoo Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins help Purple Community increase its presence throughout Michigan, generate new members and develop additional events that benefit Van Andel Institute. You can support Purple Community and Van Andel Institute by attending a game, promoting it on social media, or hosting your own event. Visit PurpleCommunity.org to learn more.
Join us for this Purple Community Hockey Event! Grand Rapids Griffins Purple Game TM Friday, March 7, 2014 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI Ticket information available at www.purplecommunity.org Take a Tour of Van Andel Institute Tours of Van Andel Institute’s state-of-the-art facility are available for those interested in learning more about disease research and science education. Register for a tour online at bit.ly/VAITour. Volunteer for Van Andel Institute’s Angel Corps Van Andel Institute hosts thousands of guests each year and enlists volunteers to serve as ambassadors to provide a great tour experience. If you’re comfortable speaking in front of groups and available during business hours, support Van Andel Institute by volunteering for Angel Corps! Apply to be part of Angel Corps at www.vai.org/volunteer 19