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Otsego Purple Community Week

Purple game tshirt logo reads "We Are Purple"

Otsego Public Schools is gearing up for it’s 5th Purple Community Week
to support cancer research at Van Andel Institute!

Fundraising is underway for Otsego's 5th Purple Community Event to support Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids. This year, Otsego will shed the blue and gold and go purple for one week to raise awareness and money for cancer research, celebrate those who battled cancer and come together as a community for a common cause. There are so many special events and special ways to get involved in this effort, and with Purple Community, 100% of proceeds go directly into the research labs which focus on cancer research, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and others.

Over the last four events at Otsego, our community has raised almost $72,000. The goal this year is to reach $100,000 in total giving. “We Are Purple” is this year's theme and we want to turn the town purple! Purple is the color VAI connects with survival and this is a cause that can connect us all.


You don’t have to purchase anything to be a part of this effort. Also new this year is a way to make a straight donation to Otsego’s Purple Community Event. You can find the link at our Purple Community Event Webpage.  

Be a part of the Community Night Kids’ Carnival

For a $100 donation, any business or organization is invited to set up a booth at our kids’ carnival. This drew hundreds of kids in 2016 and we’re hoping to match the participation this year! While kids play carnival games or have fun in bounce houses, parents and families can learn more about our community partners at the booths. Booth details are in the above sponsorship link.See sponsorship details here and below. You can also pay online here.

T-Shirt / Accessories

A purple event comes with a purple t-shirt! This year, it’s a baseball style t-shirt with a new logo for this year’s event. T-shirts are just $10 for YS-AXL, 2XL are $13. Sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets and more are also on sale for $1 - $3. Online orders are now closed, but the shirts will be available at the events.

Honoring loved ones on a Jersey

During Purple Community Week, the Otsego Varsity soccer, volleyball, football, tennis and cheer teams will wear special purple jerseys and shirts that will honor a loved one impacted by cancer. Players and community members have sponsored those jerseys and choose the name that goes on the backs of them. 

Share Your Journey

Thank you to the Community Shoppers Guide for gathering special stories from those in the area impacted by cancer. They shared their journey with cancer to hopefully help others in the fight.

Turning Otsego Purple

New this year are banners on the light posts downtown Otsego that honor a loved one who has battled cancer. Look for those in downtown Otsego through September.

Otsego Purple Week
Event Calendar

Monday, September 24th

  • Varsity Soccer, 6:00pm
  • Tennis match, 4:00pm

Wednesday, September 26th

  • Pizza Hut Dine to Donate night! 4-9pm

Thursday, September 27th

  • Varsity Swim, 6:00pm
  • Varsity Volleyball, 6:00pm

Friday, September 28th

  • Community Night & Kids Carnival, 5:30pm - 7:00pm (approx. ending time)
  • Varsity Football, 7:00pm (short ceremony prior to kick-off)

Saturday, September 29th

  • Cross Country Bulldog Invite, 8:30am