Event Details

Do you remember the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie that you got (or still get) from competing in your favorite sports? The Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals give people of all abilities a chance to be their best. Each year, more than 500 athletes and their families from across the state travel to Grand Rapids to compete in the State Basketball Finals. These athletes treasure their opportunity to stand in the spotlight.

"It feels great! It feels like I'm accepted," says Special Olympics Michigan basketball player, Luke Stevenson. "Some people who don't have disabilities like us think we can't do things like them. But we can. We really can!"

Join the Secchia, Jandernoa, Korte, and Custer families at the Athletes Like Audrey luncheon where all proceeds will help to build a sustaining fund for the State Basketball Finals to ensure that athletes of all abilities can continue competing for generations to come.

The luncheon is named for Audrey Jandernoa, daughter of Carl and Kelly Jandernoa and granddaughter of Mike and Sue Jandernoa. Audrey passed away in January of a strong virus and the #RedGlassesMovement has been created to spread Audrey's message "Live boldly, Love big, Pass it on".

Event Details

JW Marriott Grand Rapids
International Ballroom
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Registration
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Luncheon Program

Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for eight tickets plus a table sponsorship. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact:

Krista Avery
Sr. Director of Development
(616) 583-1543

Checks can be made out to Special Olympics Michigan and mailed to:
Special Olympics Michigan
1239 76th Street SW, Suite E
Byron Center, MI 49315

Additional partnership opportunities available: Click here for more information

Honorary and Founding Chairs

Peter Secchia

Mike and Sue Jandernoa


Scott Custer

Carl and Kelly Jandernoa

David and Angela Korte


Juliet Dragos

Live Auction

Jason Lamoreaux

Athletes Like Audrey Committee

Leadership Donors

The following donors have given generously over the years in support of the Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals Endowment—thank you for your contributions.

Founding Partner: $500,000+

Peter and Joan Secchia

MVP: $250,000+

Mike and Sue Jandernoa

Hall of Fame: $100,000+

The Meijer Foundation

All-Star: $50,000+

Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation

Wolverine Worldwide Foundation

Dreamer's Club: $25,000+

The Family of Richard and Linda Antonini

Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation

Dave & Carol Van Andel Foundation


Ceremonies Club: $10,000+

ADAC Automotive

Nancy and Jim Ayres

The Currie Foundation

Custer, Inc.

Dean Transportation

Cheri DeVos

Rick and Suzanne Lasch

David P. Mehney

Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation

RDV Corporation

The Shine Foundation

Trion Solutions, Inc.


Special thank you to the hundreds of donors throughout Michigan who continue to support the basketball endowment.

For gift planning or to make a gift, please contact Krista Avery at (616) 583-1543 or Krista.Avery@somi.org