The Malik Report
by George Malik on 02/09/12 at 04:09 AM ET
Of very important charitable Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins-related note over the next few weeks:
The Grand Rapids Griffins are hosting a special game to benefit cancer research on February 16th:
Nothing rhymes with “purple,” but nearly everything at Van Andel Arena will be in sync with the color associated with cancer survivors on Saturday, Feb. 18, when the Grand Rapids Griffins host their first-ever “Purple Game” to benefit the Van Andel Institute (VAI).
When fans arrive for the 7 p.m. contest against the Peoria Rivermen, they’ll notice a host of purple touches that will create awareness and unique experiences throughout the night, including:
• Purple jerseys that will be worn by the Griffins, autographed and auctioned to the public in the Fifth Third Bank Vault restaurant after the game, with proceeds benefiting VAI;
• 10,000 purple T-shirts that will await fans in their seats;
• 2,500 white and purple rally towels that will be given away at the turnstiles;
• Purple polo shirts worn by the Griffins’ staff;
• Purple concession items such as cotton candy, sno cones, popcorn and cupcakes;
• Purple VAI logos embedded in the arena’s ice surface;
• Purple game production elements, including songs, videos and LED graphics.
Four-year-old Clayton Kendall, a two-time cancer survivor from Grant, Mich., will drop the ceremonial puck before the game, and a salute to cancer survivors will take place during the first intermission. During the second intermission, one-of-a-kind speed painter Dan Dunn will take center ice to create a portrait of a famous personality that will be auctioned at a later date through VAI.
Fans who’d like to attend the game and support fundraising for cancer research can order their tickets online and use a special promotional code that will allocate $3 of their ticket price to VAI. Visit griffinshockey.com/promocode and enter the code “purple.” One hundred percent of the funds raised through the Purple Game will go directly to laboratory research at VAI.
From now through Feb. 18, the Griffins are “purpling out” their web site, Facebook page and Twitter page to call attention to this special night. The team is also offering prizes – including an overnight stay at the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott – to fans who change their profile picture to a “Purple Game” badge, or who post on its wall or tweet about the game.
“We are delighted to team with the Griffins for such an exciting event and for such an important cause,” said Love Collins III, VAI’s vice president of development and communications. “This Purple Game supports vital, local cancer research at Van Andel Institute, and is a great way of celebrating survivors, honoring loved ones lost to the disease, and providing hope to patients and families both locally and worldwide.”
Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996, Van Andel Institute is an independent research and educational organization based in Grand Rapids, dedicated to preserving, enhancing and expanding the frontiers of medical science, and to achieving excellence in education by probing fundamental issues of education and the learning process. VARI, the research arm of VAI, is dedicated to probing the genetic, cellular and molecular origins of cancer, Parkinson and other diseases and working to translate those findings into effective therapies. This is accomplished through the work of over 200 researchers in 18 on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe. VARI is affiliated with the Translational Genomics Research Institute, (TGen), of Phoenix.
The Red Wings are taking part in a different but no less important charitable initiative this weekend, albeit via a very different route, as noted by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation’s director, Anne Hayes:
Detroit Red Wings, Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop bring back Red Wings Donut
The special vanilla dip donut with red and white sprinkles available soon at Detroit-area restaurants
The Detroit Red Wings and Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop are pleased to announce the return of the “I Love the Red Wings” Donut, a specially-themed Vanilla Dip donut decorated with red and white sprinkles. The Red Wings Donut will be available in all Detroit-area Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop restaurants beginning February 10 through 14.
Proceeds from the sale of the special team donut will benefit The Detroit Red Wings Foundation. The Red Wings Foundation provides funds and resources to worthy causes that contribute to the growth of the sport of hockey.
Since the “I Love the Red Wings” Donut was launched in 2010, more than $22,000 has been raised for the Red Wings Foundation. This year local Tim Hortons owners have set a goal of raising another $20,000 from donut sales.
“We are thrilled to be able to help support our Detroit professional sports teams, including the Red Wings,” said Walter Bender Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop local owner. “The team’s support of the growth of hockey is a mission that would make our founder and namesake, Tim Horton, proud.”
Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is the official coffee of the Red Wings and the official coffee served at Joe Louis Arena. The limited-time-only Red Wings Donut retails for $.85.
New in 2012, Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is a presenting sponsor for the Red Wing’s first ever outdoor practice on February 18 at Clark Park. Fans interested in winning tickets can enter online at: http://www.detroitredwings.com/timhortonsclarkpark.
And this might sound a little strange, but the Birmingham Patch’s Laura Houser reports that Danny Cleary’s going to raise money for the Red Wings Foundation in an incredibly unconventional manner:
Chen Chow Brasserie will be teaming up with Detroit Red Wing Dan Cleary as part of the restaurant’s Celebrity Sushi Program.
The $14 Cleary crab roll will be Chen Chow’s special sushi roll for February and will be available throughout the month. Proceeds will be donated to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, which assists a wide variety of charitable activities and programs throughout Michigan and Metro Detroit. Past grant recipients include: the Salvation Army STRIVE Hockey Program, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association One Goal Program and the Far Conservatory of Therapeutic Arts in Birmingham.
Since November 2011, Chen Chow has partnered with a local, regional or national figure on a monthly basis to feature a signature sushi roll in support of their charity of choice.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Chen Chow and it’s not often enough that you see local businesses make community engagement such a priority, so when Tracy (Wilson, Chen Chow general manager) asked me to participate it was a no-brainer,” Cleary said. “I’ve followed the program from the periphery and I think it’s a great vehicle through which to give back in a fun way.”
The Cleary crab roll features avocado and cucumber wrapped in sesame soy paper. It’s topped with spicy crab salad, baked and served warm.
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