Charity Partner

MINI on the Mack is not only a fun event, it is an event for a CAUSE. This year, we are proud to be teaming up with Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community, to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease research happening in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premiere research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 360 scientists, educators and staff.

Purple Community is Van Andel Institute’s grassroots community awareness and fundraising program that connects individuals, schools, teams, and businesses to the resources needed to join the fight against cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases.

Individualized tools and customized assistance are available to create events and programs that help raise funds for cancer, Parkinson’s and other disease research at Van Andel Institute.

When you fundraise through Purple Community, your efforts go further. Thanks to a generous endowment from Jay and Betty Van Andel, every dollar of every donation goes directly to the cause – that’s 100% HOPE! When you give to Van Andel Institute through Purple Community, you are giving hope to countless individuals and families all over the world that have been touched by cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases being research at VAI.

To learn more, visit Van Andel Institute Purple Community . To learn more about Parkinson’s disease research happening at Van Andel Institute, click here. 


As part of our partnership with MINI on the Mack, we invite attendees to take their participation to the next level, by setting up a fundraising page and encouraging their friends and family to support their efforts!

Purple Community and MINI will have exclusive merchandise that can be EARNED through your fundraising commitment! Each person that raises at least $100 to support Parkinson’s disease research at Van Andel Institute will receive this limited edition MINI on the Mack t-shirt!Click here to set up your official page. 

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For questions on our charity partnership and how you can get involved, contact Ashley Owen, Senior Event Coordinator – Purple Community, at or 616-234-5390.



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