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September 2020

Virtual Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge

September 10, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
MI United States + Google Map

Join us for the 7th annual Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge event! This year, we have made the decision to go virtual, for everyone's safety and comfort. The virtual event will make use of the backdrop of the beautiful Blue Bridge, so you’ll still be able to enjoy awesome views — from the comfort of your own home. All proceeds benefit biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education at Van Andel Institute. Be sure to have handy a yoga…

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B93 Country Kicks Cancer — Matt Stell

September 17, 2020 @ 6:00 PM
The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Our friends at B-93 and The Intersection have teamed up to fight cancer! For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to Van Andel Institute to support cancer research happening right here in West Michigan!

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Hybrid Michelle Lunn Hope Golf Benefit

September 18, 2020 - September 27, 2020
Scott Lake Country Club, 911 Hayes Rd NE
Comstock Park, MI United States

Join us for a Hybrid Michelle Lunn HOPE Foundation Golf Benefit. Due to COVID-19, We have made the decision to cancel our normal golf tournament on September 20, 2020, and instead provide a virtual tournament.  This way no large crowds gather, but you are still able to play golf with your foursome during a select time frame. It’s our way of keeping our golf tournament alive and keeping everyone safe, through social distancing, while still enjoying a day of golf while helping…

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October 2020

26.2 Mile Challenge for Hope benefiting Van Andel Institute

October 1, 2020 - November 1, 2020

What is the 26.2 Mile Challenge for Hope? A virtual run/walk challenge is like a traditional race, except participants complete the miles entirely on their own schedule. There is no required location nor a mandatory time of day in which to complete the event. We hope to challenge participants to get outside to stay active and healthy. Our challenge is 26.2 miles for hope. You can run or walk, and once you complete your registration, the next step is to…

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Quotes for a Cause

October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Van Andel Institute Purple Community is teaming up with Sheldon Weiss and Farm Bureau Insurance for Quotes for a Cause! This ongoing promotion provides a donation back to Van Andel Institute for every quote someone secures from Sheldon. Click here to read about the program or connect with him directly for more information at: Sheldon Weiss Owner & Multi-Line Agent | The Sheldon Weiss Agency 3061 Macatawa Dr SW Ste B | Grandville, MI 49418 Office: 616.288.3492 Fax: 616.719.1350

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Bee Brave 5K

October 10, 2020 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Shagbark Farms, 7500 Alaska Ave. SE
Caledonia, MI 49316 United States
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Bee Brave is more than just a few events throughout the year to raise money for local breast cancer research. Throughout the last twelve years, it has grown to become a community of likeminded individuals who are passionate about raising breast cancer awareness, supporting fighters, and honoring those whose battle has ended. It has become a haven of hope for those who need it, a home to share their courageous stories in, as well as a place to celebrate the…

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November 2020

“Dear Essential Workers” – Book Proceeds to Benefit Van Andel Institute

November 12, 2020 - December 31, 2020

“Dear Essential Workers,” is a thank you note to the heroes and helpers of COVID-19 in the form of a children’s book. While most children are taught that first responders are heroes, COVID-19 has highlighted others who play a pivotal role in our community. The intention of this book is to help educate kids on who those workers are, how they help and the importance of expressing gratitude to them. The author, Lauren Sugarman Moscov, is teaming up with Purple…

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Everything AB – Apparel to benefit Van Andel Institute

November 30, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Van Andel Institute Purple Community is proud to partner with AB on a new line of apparel to benefit VAI’s research and education programs. AB created these pieces after working with the Institute to coordinate and DJ our virtual events this fall. He was inspired by the relentless attitude of VAI scientists and staff and the continuous research and K–12 and graduate education happening at the Institute. These pieces keep that “non-stop” mentality in mind. Ten percent of the proceeds…

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April 2021

Virtual Silent Auction

April 19 - April 30
Website banner for the Van Andel Institute Purple Community Student Ambassador Program Virtual Silent Auction - Open between April 19 and April 30, 2021

April 19-30, 2021 The 2021 Student Ambassador Program Virtual Silent Auction will open at 5 p.m. on April 19 and remain open until 5 p.m. on April 30, giving you two weeks to consider the items and make your bids! All proceeds from this entirely student driven fundraiser will benefit biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education programs at Van Andel Institute. Donors like you play a key role in VAI’s success and story. With your commitment and generosity, we…

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May 2021

Purple Community Virtual Griffins Game

May 7 @ 7:00 PM

Van Andel Institute is excited to host our 9th annual Grand Rapids Griffins Purple Community Game at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021. This year, the event will be held virtually! Register today to receive more information about the virtual event, how to view the game and details on our online merchandise sale and auction! When you register for more information, you will be entered to win a prize pack that will include limited-edition, co-branded Griffins and VAI Purple…

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