Jun. 2, 2023
6:00 pm  -  10:00 pm ET

Around the World 2023

Get ready to kickstart your summer with a glass of wine and local food at Van Andel Institute’s 12th annual Around the World on June 2. Hosted by VAI’s JBoard Ambassadors, Around the World features curated selections from artisan wineries, bringing you the finest tastes from Michigan and beyond. Pair your glass with a variety of offerings from local food trucks and enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening. All proceeds from this event benefit Van Andel Institute for Education’s K–12 programs, which are bringing curiosity, creativity and critical thinking to classrooms across the globe.

If you’re ready to start the summer months with delicious drinks and delectable cuisine alongside a network of young professionals, we’ll see you at Around the World.

Suggested attire is summer casual. Complimentary valet parking is available at the main entrance of VAI.

Thank you to our incredible 2023 sponsors!

Host Committee:

Blake Crabb

Mike Hemmingsen

Sarah Jones

Rachel Mraz

Kyle Van Andel

Sydney Vucelich

  • 6:00 PM Event begins
    – Guest arrival, strolling cocktail hour, live entertainment by AB, food trucks available in circle drive
  • 7:00 – 7:25 PM Brief remarks and program
    – Welcome remarks by Michelle McKormick
    – Remarks by Rachel Mraz and Blake Crabb, JBoard co-chairs
    – Van Andel Institute for Education Experience
    – Closing remarks by Terra Tarango, Chief Education Officer
  • 8:30 PM Van Andel Institute for Education interactive activities and wine pull raffle ends
  • 8:30 – 10:00 PM Live entertainment by AB continues
  • 10:00 PM Event ends

Event Details

Venue: Van Andel Institute 333 Bostwick Ave. NE Grand Rapids

Contact Info:

Email: Sarah Rollman

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Title Sponsor

Champagne sponsors

  • David and Carol Van Andel Family Foundation

  • Jerry and Suzanne Callahan

  • Mimi Cummings

  • Jeffrey and Kate DeLongchamp

  • Brian DeVries and Barbara Pugh

  • Element Four logo

Chardonnay sponsors

  • Blake Crabb

  • Matt and Sarah Jones

  • KM Online Marketing Logo
  • Tripp and Katie VanderWal