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GRIFFINS SET FOR THIRD ANNUAL "PUMPING GAS" FUNDRAISER

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins usually spend their evenings filling the net and pumping their fists in celebration. But next Tuesday, Nov. 15, Griffins players and staff will fill tanks and pump fuel for fans as part of the team’s third annual Pumping Gas fundraiser at three local Marathon / J & H Family Stores locations.

The event, a benefit for Kids’ Food Basket, will feature 18 Griffins players, coaches and staff volunteering their time to pump gas for customer donations from 5-8 p.m. at three Marathon stations (all players and times subject to change):

Plainfield Marathon – 2171 Plainfield Rd. NE, Grand Rapids
o 5-6:30 p.m. – Andrej Nestrasil, Jordan Pearce, Tomas Tatar
o 6:30-8 p.m. – Travis Ehrhardt, Landon Ferraro, Francis Pare

Jenison Marathon – 8407 Cottonwood Dr., Jenison
o 5-6:30 p.m. – Curt Fraser, Gustav Nyquist, Trevor Parkes
o 6:30-8 p.m. – Louis-Marc AubryWillie Coetzee, Brian Lashoff

Walker Marathon – 3434 Remembrance Rd. NW, Grand Rapids
o 5-6:30 p.m. – Joakim Andersson, Brent Raedeke, Brad Thompson
o 6:30-8 p.m. – Greg Amadio, Mitch Callahan, Logan Pyett

Fans can also enter a raffle at any of the three locations for prizes including a Detroit Red Wings-signed team helmet, two Griffins-signed hockey sticks, four Griffins ticket certificates, a VIP tour before a Griffins home game, two Zamboni rides and three $50 Marathon gas cards.

Kids’ Food Basket is a force for attacking childhood hunger in greater Grand Rapids. Having begun over eight years ago by serving 125 kids each school day through their sack supper program, they now serve over 3,700 kids each day. Sack suppers are evening meals that provide 1,000 calories and five food groups – nutrition that’s critical to the development of kids’ brains and bodies. For more information, visit kidsfoodbasket.org.

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