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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins’ popular Tip-A-Griffin fundraiser returns for its 11th edition on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m., when team players, coaches and hockey staff will trade in their jerseys for aprons to help serve and wait tables at all five Uccello’s Ristorante locations in West Michigan.

Each of the five locations will feature a raffle with items that include Griffins memorabilia, ticket packages and various gifts from sponsors. Griffins personnel will wear aprons that will be signed and auctioned off at the end of the event. Beloved mascots Griff and Finn will make appearances at select locations.

Donations and raffle proceeds will benefit the Griffins Youth Foundation. In its previous 10 versions, Tip-A-Griffin raised nearly $85,000 for various local charities. 

The Griffins will be dispersed to each location as follows (lineups subject to 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

Established in 1995, the Griffins Youth Foundation promotes academic excellence, community involvement and healthy lifestyles among the youth of West Michigan, enhancing their lives through hockey and ice-related sports. For more information about the Foundation, please visit