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October 16, 2017
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Grand Rapids Griffins players wear purple jerseys during the annual Purple Community game, a cancer research fundraiser for the Van Andel Institute. Photo via fb.com

Griffins hockey players will be at several Italian restaurants this week — but they won’t be eating.

Instead, the team will be trading in their jerseys for aprons at Uccello's Ristorante locations on Wednesday between 6-8 p.m. for the 11th edition of the Tip-A-Griffin fundraiser.

Griffins players, coaches and staff will be serving tables during the fundraising window.

“It is a fun way to meet the players and to help out the Griffins Youth Foundation,” said Jake Engel, corporate sales account manager, Grand Rapids Griffins.

The fundraiser will feature raffle items, such as Griffins memorabilia, ticket packages and various gifts from sponsors. Griffins personnel will also auction off their signed aprons.

The Griffins Youth Foundation promotes academic excellence, community involvement and a healthy lifestyle for youth in West Michigan. The foundation also enhances the lives of young people through hockey and ice-related sports.

Groups of Griffins will be dispersed to each Uccello's location, and the serving lineups may change:

Caledonia
(8256 Broadmoor SE)

John Bernal, athletic trainer
Luke Esposito
Todd Nelson, head coach
Bruce Ramsay, assistant coach
Dominik Shine
Evgeny Svechnikov

Grand Rapids
(2630 East Beltline Ave. SE)

Colin Campbell
Jared Coreau
Corey Elkins
Mike Knuble, assistant coach
Brian Lashoff
Robbie Russo
Ben Simon, assistant coach
Ben Street

Grandville
(3940 Rivertown Pkwy. SW)

Turner Elson
Tom McCollum
Dylan McIlrath
Ryan Sproul
Andrew Stegehuis, assistant equipment manager
Dominic Turgeon

Rockford
(19 N Main St.)

Matt Carey
Matt Ford
Joe Hicketts
Axel Holmstrom
Eric Tangradi

Standale
(4787 Lake Michigan Dr.)

Tyler Bertuzzi
Mike Borkowski
Filip Hronek
Matt Lorito
Dan Renouf
Dylan Sadowy
Brad Thompson, equipment manager

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