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Hockey, Hops & Hope Returns March 14

Mar 07, 2023
Written By: Andrew Streitel

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins and Easterseals MORC are partnering for the ninth annual Hockey, Hops & Hope, a wine and craft beer tasting fundraiser that will be held Tuesday, March 14 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Fox Acura showroom (4330 29th St. SE).

Griffins players and coaches will serve a variety of wine and craft beer samples to guests at the event, which will feature music, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction, with funds supporting Easterseals MORC.

The event is sponsored by Amway, EOTECH, Flagstar Bank, Acrisure, Fox Acura, Imperial Beverage and Art of the Table. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $50 per person (or $80 for two) at or by phone at (616) 942-2081. All proceeds from this event will go directly to benefit Easterseals MORC programs and services.

We are pleased to partner with the Grand Rapids Griffins once again on this amazing event,” said Easterseals MORC CEO Brent Wirth. “It’s exciting to see the team rally around our mission to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities in our communities.”

"Hockey, Hops & Hope is a unique event with an awful lot of fun involved. Our players and coaches look forward to this event every year and it has become a staple of our community outreach," said Steve Ritsema, Griffins senior corporate sales and account manager. "We take great pride in working closely with [director of development and community relations] Denise Durkee, Brent Wirth and others who, with their passion for Easterseals MORC, inspire us in our desire to assist in raising money and awareness for this great cause."

About Easterseals MORC
Since 1920, Easterseals MORC has been the indispensable resource helping to define and change the way people live with, and view, disability. As a leader in addressing the disabilities of the 21st century that affect one in four individuals and their families, Easterseals MORC empowers more than 21,000 people annually to live more independent lives.

Whether the challenge is behavioral, physical, social or intellectual, Easterseals MORC adapts to the unique needs of each person. Through a continuum of services including, but not limited to, early childhood intervention, substance abuse services, occupational therapy, senior services, long-term supports for individuals with intellectual disabilities and recreational programs including the Miracle League of Michigan and Miracle Dance, Easterseals MORC creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can thrive in their own communities.

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