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November 2020

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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9th Annual Bee Brave Golf Outing

May 15
Thornapple Pointe, 7211 48th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 495012 United States

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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Duncan Lake Middle School Cancer Walk

May 21 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Duncan Lake Middle School will be hosting their annual Cancer Walk on Friday, May 21 from 10 am to 3 pm. This dedicated team of students, staff and faculty have come together this year to make this year even more exciting! They have added a virtual silent auction that will run from May 13 – May 20. Check out the items below, along with this year's cancer walk shirts! Silent AuctionShirts

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July 2021

Robinette’s Wine Run 5K

July 17 @ 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery, 3142 4 Mile Road NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 United States

Like Running or Walking? Love Wine? This race is for you!  Join us on Saturday, July 17th, 2021 at 9:00am for an exciting new event that features the amazing scenery and landscape of Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery!  Whether you are looking to run, walk or just enjoy the wine this race is a sure thing for a great time and an incredible experience!  This race is timed and scored by J3 Timing.  Results will be posted at www.J3Timing.com. Registration includes: A race t-shirt, souvenir wine…

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August 2021

Van Andel Institute Purple Community Whitecaps Game – 50/50 Raffle Night

August 5 @ 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
LMCU Ballpark, 4500 W River Drive NE
Comstock Park, MI 49321 United States

Join Van Andel Institute for our Purple Community Whitecaps Game - 50/50 Raffle Night! We are currently in need of 12 volunteers to help with raffle ticket sales through the 7th inning. Parking and food vouchers will be provided. If you are interested in signing up, please email purplecommunity@vai.org and include the event name in the subject line. We’ll be happy to get you signed up for the game!

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September 2021

Standup for the Cure – In-Person Event

September 4 @ 8:30 AM
Ross Park, 82 Randall Rd
Norton Shores, MI 49441 United States

Standup for the Cure will be hosting an in-person event on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Ross Park in Muskegon beginning at 8:30 a.m. Space will be limited in order to maintain a safe gathering, and registration will be required for entry. Although this will be smaller than past in-person events, it will still be a festival-style, family friendly event for paddlers of all levels. Click the button below to join the VAI team and receive a complimentary entry**! Register Now…

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Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge

September 9 @ 7:00 PM
The Blue Bridge, 301 Fulton St. West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Join us for a pop-up class with Pure Barre! For the 8th year in a row, we will lift, tone, burn, and FUNdraise for Van Andel Institute on the iconic Blue Bridge! Bring a yoga mat, towel, water bottles for weights/hydration, and most of all — bring your friends! This pop up opportunity is great for the Pure Barre fanatics but even better for those who are NEW to Pure Barre and want to learn more, all while contributing to…

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14th Michelle Lunn Hope Golf Benefit

September 19 @ 11:00 AM
Scott Lake Country Club, 911 Hayes Rd NE
Comstock Park, MI United States

Please join us for the 14th Annual Michelle Lunn Hope Charity Golf Outing to benefit blood cancer patients. We are looking forward to a wonderful day of golf at Scott Lake Country Club. Our goal is to raise funds needed to help in the fight of blood cancers. Proceeds from this event will benefit Van Andel Institute to help fund research, provide scholarships and help with the needs of the community to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the…

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