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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins and Easter Seals Michigan are teaming up for the fifth annual Corks, Pucks and Brews, a wine and beer tasting fundraiser to be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Goei Center.

Griffins players will serve over 100 varieties of wine and craft beer samples to guests at the event, highlighted by live music, hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. Items up for bid include a Chicago Cubs package consisting of four suite tickets, food and parking for an upcoming game; an autographed Dylan Larkin jersey; Red Wings tickets, Griffins packages, two tickets to the Elton John concert at Van Andel Arena on March 23; beauty packages; product baskets; wine and beer tours; gift cards and more.

"When our players are talking about an event weeks in advance, you know it must be something special, and this one sure is,” said Bob Kaser, Griffins vice president of community relations and broadcasting. "We take so much pride assisting, in a small way, an organization that for nearly 100 years has been doing great things for millions of children and adults in need."

Flagstar Bank returns as the presenting sponsor of the event. “We’re thrilled to team up with Easter Seals and the Griffins,” said Laura Borden-Priest, West Michigan Market Manager for Flagstar. “Flagstar has been involved and invested in the Grand Rapids community since 1997 and because we are headquartered in Michigan, this event is one more way to show our commitment to the community.” 

The Goei Center is located at 818 Butterworth St. SW. Tickets are on sale now for $50 (or two for $80) at or by phone at (616) 942-2081. All proceeds from the event will benefit Easter Seals Michigan programs and services right here in West Michigan.

Easter Seals Michigan is the leading nonprofit provider of services for individuals with disabilities, behavioral health illnesses, emotional impairments, autism and other special needs. Founded in 1920 and spanning the entire state of Michigan, Easter Seals has been helping those with special needs, and their families, live better lives for over 90 years. Through therapy, training and education, Easter Seals reaches over one million children and adults through their nationwide network of 450 service sites.