Purple Community Blog

4 Sep 2019

Gearing Up for Fall

Get ready to unpack your sweaters and scarves and head to your local Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte because fall is on the way! Purple Community is gearing up for our favorite season and we wanted to share our excitement with you! There is no shortage on opportunities for our Purple Community family to get involved and bring HOPE this fall, so let’s take a look at what’s coming!

Sept. 12 @ 7 p.m.

Head to the Blue Bridge on Thursday, Sept. 12 for a pop-up class with Pure Barre of Grand Rapids and Lolë! Come prepared to lift, tone, burn and FUNdraise for Van Andel Institute. Whether this is your first class or you are a seasoned Pure Barre enthusiast, you will be sure to have a blast! All you need is a yoga mat, towel, water bottle and cash for some amazing raffle prizes.

Upgrade your ticket to join us after class at JW Marriott’s Jdek at six.one.six for a Bar after Barre Experience! The ticket will include beer, wine, signature cocktails and late-night munchies! Last but not least, your name will be entered to win a special prize donated by our awesome friends at Pure Barre and Lolë.

Sept. 28 @ 6 p.m.

The Traverse City West Titans will be joining forces with Purple Community on Saturday, Sept. 28 for their annual Pink Football Game. This night is about honoring loved ones who have been touched by cancer, and raising funds for cancer research at Van Andel Institute. Traverse City West fills the stands with school spirit to bring HOPE to those who need it most. You can join the fight by attending the game, volunteering or fundraising!

Oct. 3 @ 6:30 p.m.

The West Michigan Woman Wine & Wig event is about a cause: to find a cure for breast cancer while providing local women with the support they need. They strive to educate women about the availability of breast cancer resources while advocating for research, diagnostics, treatments and emotional support. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Purple Community will team up with West Michigan Woman Wine & Wig for this amazing cause. Guests will wear wigs in solidarity with women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Register today to join Purple Community, among other charity partners, for the West Michigan Woman Wine & Wig kick-off party for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Oct. 12 @ 8 a.m.

Bee Brave holds several events throughout the year to raise funds for breast cancer research. What makes them so unique? Every dollar raised stays in Grand Rapids! These events are organized by community volunteers and sponsored by local business owners. One hundred percent of registration fees will be directed back to Van Andel Institute for breast cancer research! Now that’s special. These amazing events not only raise funds, but more importantly, they raise awareness and HOPE for those who are fighting today while honoring those who have lost the battle.

Grab your tennis shoes and join Purple Community on Saturday, Oct. 12, for the Bee Brave 5k Run & Walk to raise vital funds for breast cancer research!

Oct. 13 @ 7:30 a.m.

Running for Team Hope is no small feat. Our marathon runners are supporting groundbreaking research into cancer and Parkinson’s right here at Van Andel Institute. With every mile, they are running to bring HOPE to those who are fighting and to honor the memory of those who lost their battle. Every dollar raised by these determined individuals will benefit cancer and Parkinson’s research at Van Andel Institute. Join us for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to support Team Hope as they cross the finish line on Sunday, Oct. 13!