Friday, September 16, 2011

Michigan State, the Not So Pure Michigan Video

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Here at Michigan Expats, we're big fans of John Kerfoot's (Not So) Pure Michigan parody videos. A year after taking on UofM fans in this classic spoof, Kerfoot kicks off the 2011 football season with his Michigan State parody video.

Again, Kerfoot is spot on and we'll toast to the Spartans (Beat Notre Dame) and "Spartan girls...they're Pure Michigan."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Michigan Party - October 15, 2011

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A year ago, reader Dax de la Monta, sent us an email about a Michigan theme party he hosted in New York. It was a big hit and aligns perfectly with our mission here at to discuss and celebrate what we love about Michigan, that Dax, Mr. Sig, and I decided to try and expand the concept to Michigan Expats everywhere.

We picked October 15 because Michiganders already have a great reason to get together as Michigan and Michigan State battle at Spartan Stadium that afternoon for the Paul Bunyan-Governor of Michigan Trophy.

You can RSVP and invite other through the Michigan Party Facebook Event Page. However, not only do we want to get as many people to respond to event page as possible, we want to help Michiganders coordinate, plan, and throw an awesome Michigan Party themselves and share that with us so we can share it with other Michigan Expats. Consider us your source for your own Michigan Party.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Michigan Remembers 9/11: Photos from the West Michigan Healing Field

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It was a beautiful and solemn tribute in honor of the victims of the horrific attacks of September 11, 2011. This weekend, 3,200 America flags covered a hill at Canonsburg Ski Area, just north of Grand Rapids, MI.

The power of the memorial is not only the sea of American flags (93 rows of 3'x5' flags, but in the brief biographies attached to the flags honoring the victims by listing their name, hometown, age, a brief biography, and where they tragically lost their lives (flight #, WTC, or Pentagon).

It is a powerful tribute. Particularly, when reading the short biographies and fully grasping how these innocent men, women, and children were murdered and robbed of growing up, getting married, or meeting unborn children.

The Healing Field memorial is not unique to West Michigan. The idea originated in Sandy, Utah by Colonial Flag who helps organize temporary memorials across the country. You can visit their website to locate a Healing Field coming to your area as well as purchase fields to help support the memorial.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pink Arrow Pride Pictures

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Wow. I finally got to attend a Pink Arrow game at my high school alma mater last Friday and I was blown away by the community involvement, support, and inspiration of the day's events. 

It is indeed an event. Gates opened at 2:30 in the afternoon before the schedule 7:00PM kick-off and both a soccer game and volleyball match were played in the stadium before the football game. 

Roughly 7,000 attended the game and almost every single one wore this year's Pink Arrow Force IV t-shirt sold at a local store and at the high school. The t-shirts are a large part of the project. Sold for $15, all of the proceeds benefit the Pink Arrow Force project and charities, and the t-shirts serve as tickets into the game (over 7500 t-shirts have been sold). For an additional fee, individuals can have a name(s) listed on the back of a friend or family member who has battled cancer. 

It's amazing to see how many t-shirts had names printed on the backs, and how many people even in a small community are impacted by the disease. It is an emotional experience that goes above and beyond just a football game. I am extremely proud of the Lowell community and football team who puts on the event without any administrative costs and had raised over $700,000 in the first three years and is likely to pass the million dollar mark this year with the proceeds going to support cancer research, scholarships, and local families battling in need.

I hope you enjoy the photos and the positive story from Lowell. As I posted last weekend, the NBC "Today Show" was there filming a segment, and I intend to post that as soon as it becomes available.