Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Virtual Dinner & Award Presentation


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Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Virtual Dinner & Award Presentation

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Dinner and Award Presentation recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Van Andel Institute’s mission through volunteer service and philanthropic efforts. This award celebrates the extraordinary efforts of philanthropists, volunteers and advocates whose undeniable generosity and tireless determination support VAI’s ability to improve the health and enhance the lives of current and future generations.

This year’s invitation-only event will be held virtually. Guests will be treated to virtual live entertainment, an exclusive video presentation, delectable food and beverage for at-home celebrations, and remarks given by Carol Van Andel and this year’s award recipients.

The evening will also welcome the newest members to VAI’s Leadership and Legacy Societies for 2020 and 2021. This honor celebrates individuals, schools, organizations and businesses who have contributed significantly to benefit the Institute’s biomedical research and science education programs.

The Leadership Society recognizes those who have raised more than $10,000 cumulatively, and the Legacy Society celebrates those who have raised more than $100,000 cumulatively. The names of those inducted into both societies are etched into wood blocks that line the walls of the Institute’s lobby.

Registration for the food and beverage package will remain open until 5 p.m. on April 14.

Please note, this is an invitation-only event.



Founders Society

Legacy Society

Leadership Society




2021 Recipients: The Dave and Karen Custer Family • Dr. Juan and Mary Olivarez • Preusser Jewelers • Bee Brave • Otsego Public Schools

2020 inductee

Farmer Family Foundation

2021 inductees

James and Shirley Balk

Canary Foundation

Jerry and Karen DeBlaay

José Pedro Freitas

Michigan State University – College of Human Medicine

George and Linda Sharpe and Family

Thomas and Mary Stuit

2020 inductees

Eagles for Eric

The Intersection (Country Kicks Cancer)

LAX vs. Cancer

Ray and Nancy Loeschner

Timothy and Kimberly Long

Neurofibromatosis Michigan

Tom and Greta Newhof

Juan and Mary Olivarez


Spectrum Health

2021 inductees

Dennis and Barbara Adama

Don and Bridget Bittner

Douglas and Joan Budden

Crystal Flash

Arlin and Emma Disselkoen

Harvey Automotive

Mark and Valerie Henderson

Holland Stitchcraft Inc.

Bill and Starr Humphries

Carl and Kelly Jandernoa

Wilbur and Sharon Lettinga

Mary Free Bed Hospital & Rehabilitation Center

Mike Schaap Builders

Kyle Norberg

David Smith and Peggy Child Smith

Geoff and LeeAnne Widlak

Les and Jane Wong

2020 inductees

Jeffrey and Cheryl Baker

Paul Becker and Eve Rogus

Franco and Alessandra Bianchi

Theodore and Betsy Boelema

Michael and Deborah Crum

Tom and Tracy Curran

Defeat MSA Alliance

Robert and Allison DeVilbiss

Aaron and Afton DeVos

Dan and Viki Distin

Goldman Sachs

Joseph and Elizabeth Junewick

The Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc. Charitable Fund

Kerkstra Precast, Inc.

King Street Charitable Trust

Making the Turn Against Parkinson’s

Michelle Crumback Jewelry

MOJO Foundation

Richard and Paula Nelson

Robert and Lorraine Nyhoff and Family

Jill and Ken Peirce

Rongey Family Benevolence Fund

Fred and Kathy Rozema

Trinity Health

Standup for the Cure

Suburban Landscapes

David and Sandra Turner

Maria Van Til

Michael and Gayle VanGessel


Jim and Mary Workman

6:30 – 7 p.m.

Honoree Slideshow Featuring a playlist by DJ AB

7 – 7:45 p.m.

Welcome remarks by Maranda

Leadership & Legacy Society Inductees

Remarks by Carol Van Andel

Presentation of Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Awards and Video Presentations

7:55 p.m.

Closing remarks by Maranda

8 p.m.

Event Ends

Dessert Trio

• Limoncello Yeast Cake (yeast cake soaked in limoncello syrup, Chantilly cream)

• Chocolate Bomb (dark chocolate sphere filled with raspberry chiboust and angel food cake imploded with dark chocolate sauce)

• Greek Yogurt Cheesecake (caramel brittle garnish and honey blackberry reduction)


Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.


April 22
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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