Purple Community Blog

6 Dec 2016

Local middle schools raise funds for VAI!

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Booming noises from the student section, the lingering scent of popcorn and pizza at the concessions, and not one but TWO seas of purple consumed the evening of November 28.

middle-school-bball-blogWe first headed over to Wyoming Junior High for their FIRST EVER Purple Community game. They are in the midst of a fundraising week. Throughout this experience they have found themselves coming back to one very special person in their community, Coach Abbey Lynn Czarniecki who lost her life to a brain tumor just last year.

Coach Czarniecki coached the Wyoming Wolves Junior High boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. She played an integral role in her students and players lives, and was always the first one to arrive in the morning and the last one to leave in the evening – fully committing herself to bettering the lives of others.

On behalf of Wyoming Junior High, Miss Vander Galien presented Abbey’s parents with a parking sign “First to Arrive & Last to Leave” in memory of their wonderful daughter. The Czarniecki family was happy to be a part of the evening and celebrate the life of their daughter.

Following this game, our Purple Community team cruised on over to Pinewood Middle School to catch the end of a TREMENDOUS 7th grade game that ended in OT and a win for the Panthers. This is their 6th year hosting a Purple Game.

Miss Emily Rietberg and her team of student leaders take on this event each year and it keeps getting bigger and better. The students and staff rally together for a great night filled with pasta from Russo’s, 3 point shots, and honoring loved ones. They had several business sponsors who made this evening possible including:

middle-school-bball-blog-2Lake Michigan Credit Union
Celebration Cinema
Russo’s Pizzeria
Aleena Nails
Pinewood PTC
Edge Group Advisors

To these businesses and organizations we say THANK YOU – you help these events raise funds for Van Andel Institute and we are incredibly grateful for your support.

No matter how big or small an event, they all mean the world to us. Thank you to both of these middle schools for giving back to our community, it has been a pleasure working with you both!

– Hannah Acosta
Purple Community Event Coordinator I