May. 31, 2024
6:00 pm  -  10:00 pm ET

Around the World 2024

Food, artisan wine and a passionate community — the perfect combination to welcome the summer season. Join Van Andel Institute’s JBoard Ambassadors for the 13th annual Around the World on May 31 for a delectable evening featuring regional and national wine and craft beer, along with the best local food trucks and live entertainment. All proceeds from this event benefit Van Andel Institute for Education’s field trip programs, supporting high quality experiences for students and teachers alike.

  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm Guest arrival, strolling cocktail hour, live entertainment by AB, food trucks available in circle drive
  • 7:00 - 7:25 pm Welcome remarks by Michelle McKormick
  • Remarks by Blake Crabb, VAI JBoard Co-Chair
  • Van Andel Institute for Education Experience
  • Closing remarks by Terra Tarango, Director and Chief Education Officer, Van Andel Institute for Education
  • 8:30 pm Wine pull raffle ends
  • 9:00 pm Food truck service and silent auction ends
  • 10:00 pm Event ends

Thank you to our incredible 2024 sponsors!

Brindle & Blonde
Hair care gift basket.

Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse
Goodie bag including one month of unlimited yoga.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Five passes for daily admission.

Grand Rapids Symphony
Two tickets to concert of your choice.

Love’s Ice Cream
$50 gift card.

Marathon Runner Fuel
Includes Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook, tote bag, assorted Local Epicurean pasta packages, and water bottle.

Marathon Runner Swag
Includes 26 Marathons book by Meb Keflezighi, training journal, his + hers Nike shirts, “Sparkly Soul” branded running headband, bath crystals, “Goodr” polarized sunglasses, and VAI Marathon Team items.

Nothing Bundt Cakes
Certificate for 10” decorated cake.

Old World Olive Company
4-pack (200 ml) sampler.

Pickleball Package #1
White “Pickleball Vibes” tote, 2 “mav pro” pickleball paddles, set of 3 pickleballs, visor, and hat.

Pickleball Package #2
“Peace Love Pickleball” tote, canvas pouch, 2 pickleball mugs, notepad, hat, coaster set, beverage mixing sticks, coozies, set of 3 pickleballs.

Romence Gardens
Two $100 gift cards.

Siren & Proper
Lash and brow package.

Stitch and Heart
Men’s custom-made sport coat.

Van Andel Institute for Education
Children’s birthday party experience.

Vivid IV Health
Two $300 gift cards.

Wicked Pro Events – Bourbon Gift Basket
Includes Redemption High Rye, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark, Breckenridge, Basil Hayden’s, Brother’s Bond, Angel’s Envy and Bulleit Bourbon.

Wicked Pro Events – DJ Package
This package includes 4 hours of DJ time, all sound and lighting equipment, and complete set-up and tear-down.

Event Details

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

Contact Info:

Email: Sarah Rollman

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Champagne Sponsors

  • Jerry and Suzanne Callahan

  • Element Four logo
  • Brian DeVries and Barbara Pugh

Chardonnay Sponsors

  • Blake Crabb

  • Jeffrey & Kate DeLongchamp

  • Matt and Sarah Jones

  • Tripp and Katie VanderWal