The Grand Rapids Griffins are hosting their fourth annual Purple Community Game to benefit Van Andel Institute on Friday evening.

Van Andel Institute

The Griffins are hosting the San Antonio Rampage and getting all purpled up to boost Van Andel Institute's Purple Community.

Through the Purple Community Game, the Griffins and Purple Community provide an opportunity to donate to biomedical research, with every dollar directed to research labs at VAI. The game time for the American Hockey League matchup is 7 p.m. EST at Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton Street in Grand Rapids.

The Purple Community’s mission is to support biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute (VAI) through grassroots fundraising and awareness-building events.

This year’s Purple Community Game includes:

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The Griffins will wear special purple accented jerseys to be autographed and auctioned after the game, with proceeds benefiting VAI.

In addition, fans can enjoy other purple elements, ranging from concession items to songs and graphics during the game.

Upper-bowl tickets are available for $10 for the Purple Community Game.

The Griffins are offering a limited Purple Pack package for $23, with two lower-level center-ice tickets and the chance to be part of the Griffins High Five Tunnel during starting lineup introductions.

With it being a Friday game, $2 hot dogs and $2 domestic drafts are available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. while supplies last. Also, purple beer is to be available at select locations, including the D-Zone, along with purple cotton candy, slushies, donuts and assorted desserts.

The Griffins have purpled out their websiteFacebook page and Twitter and game day Twitter accounts to call attention to the special night.

Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996, Van Andel Institute is an independent research organization 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. This is accomplished through the work of more than 200 researchers in more than 20 on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships spanning the globe.

The Griffins also have home games this weekend at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Rampage and at 5 p.m. Sunday agains the Chicago Wolves.

Grand Rapids Griffins 2014 Purple Community Game highlights

Grand Rapids Griffins and Van Andel Institute