9th Annual Around the World®


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9th Annual Around the World®

June 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

When warm weather returns to Michigan there’s no better place to be than outside enjoying fine wine, craft beer and global cuisine with good friends.

Celebrate the beauty of the spring season and join Van Andel Institute’s JBoard Ambassadors at Around the World. Enjoy an impressive tasting menu, featuring selections from artisan wineries and some of Michigan’s best craft beer purveyors, while sampling globally-influenced small plates and appetizers. AB will provide live entertainment throughout the evening. All proceeds from Around the World support Van Andel Education Institute’s (VAEI) initiatives:

• Inquiry-based lessons: Lessons that help teachers utilize a process of scientific inquiry so students learn through curiosity-driven discovery and hands-on data analysis.
• Innovation in education award: A $5,000 award for a teacher with the best idea for developing curiosity, creativity and critical thinking in the classroom.
• Field experiences: Teachers bring their class to VAEI to experience an inquiry-based lesson, meet with a scientist, and transfer their learning back to their classroom.

If you love Michigan’s burgeoning culinary scene, and networking with movers and shakers in Grand Rapids, you’re not going to want to miss this event. Suggested attire is casual chic. Complimentary valet parking is available at the main entrance of VAI, adjacent to Crescent Park.

Registration Sponsorship


Food Menu

Wine List

Silent Auction

Host Committee


6:00 pm: Event starts

6:45 pm: Live Entertainment break for brief remarks from Michelle McKormick, Chad Bassett and Rachel Mraz, and Terra Tarango

7:00 pm: Remarks end and event continues

8:30 pm: Silent Auction Close

10:00 pm: Event ends

Divani chef’s taco bar

Kona Shaved Ice
Ninja Cherry, Pina Colada, Blue Raspberry, Lucky Lime, Monster Mango, Groovy Grape, Blue Cotton Candy, Island Rush, Strawberry’d Treasure, Tigers Blood and Orange Ya Happy

Love’s Ice Cream
Cookies and Cream, Salted Carmel, Madcap Coffee, Fresh Mint Chip (vegan)

Let Us Cater featuring Yesterdog
Hotdogs, buns, Yesterdog chili, kraut, pickles, onions, cheese and condiments

Reserve Wine & Food
Mini muffaletta with Kennebec potato chips.
“CLT”: crispy chicken, lettuce, tomato, basil aioli and chapa bread with Kennebec potato chips

ROAM by San Chez Bistro
Elote — grilled corn dusted with chili powder, served with a side of our house made elote sauce

Late night gourmet bite-sized pizza


Filus Malbec

Trivento Cabernet/Malbec Blend

Serbal Viognier

Trivento White Orchid

Toro de Piedra Chardonnay

Australia/New Zealand

Jacob’s Creek Moscato

Jacob’s Creek Bourbon Barrel Aged Shiraz

Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc

Matua Pinot Noir Rose

Unparalleled Sauvignon Blanc


Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc

La Crema Pinot Gris

Calista Pinot Noir

Hartford Russian River Chardonnay

Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Cabernet


Chateau Cantelaudette Graves Blanc

Croic Unoaked Chardonnay

Le Jade Viognier

Wolfberger Pinot Blanc

Picpoul de Pinet


Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio

Bertani Due Uve

Sella & Mosca Vermentino

Sella & Mosca Cannonau

M. Chiarlo Barbera D’Asti


Chateau Grand Traverse Dry Riesling

Chateau Grand Traverse Ship of Fools

St. Julian Sweet Nancie Peach Sparkling

Domaine Berrien Syrah

Domaine Berrien Unoaked Chardonnay


Silver Totem Cabernet

Williamette Valley Pinot Gris

Treasure Hunter Full Quiver Cabernet

La Crema Williamette Valley Pinot Noir

Williamette Valley Riesling


Les Trois Rose

Freixenet Rose Prosecco

Raeburn Russian River Rose

Williamette Whole Cluster Pinot Noir Rose

Pierre Olivier Sparkling Rose


El Cortijillo Blanco La Mancha

Montebueno Roja

Unparalleled Rioja

Noster Priorat

Freixenet Brut


Saint Hilaire

Gruet Blanc de Noir

La Luca Prosecco

Domaine Carneros Brut

Perrier Jouet Gran Brut

Donated by Amway Grand Plaza and Grand Rapids Symphony
Grand Rapids Symphony Night Out Experience — includes two complimentary tickets available for any Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Concert, Fox Motors Pops Concert, or D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops lawn seats and Plaza Dreams overnight accommodations at the Amway Grand Plaza.
Value — $332

Donated by Balanced Health
#1 Balanced Health Exam and X-rays — includes a certificate for a new patient consultation, muscle scan, posture analysis and x-rays.
Value — $205

Donated by Balanced Health
#2 Balanced Health Exam and X-rays — includes a certificate for a new patient consultation, muscle scan, posture analysis and x-rays.
Value — $205

Donated by Barracks 616
Shooting package for two — includes one-hour range time, one box of 9mm ammo, and eye and ear protection.
Value — $80

Donated by Bowdie’s Chophouse
An experience for eight people at Bowdie’s Chophouse – Saugatuck. Learn how to craft and drink Bowdie’s signature cocktails with their Director of Beverages, Kenton Grassmid.
Value — $150

Donated by Cascade Rental Center and Home & Company
Complete YETI® Tundra® Haul package — includes a YETI Tundra Haul cooler, two 10 oz. YETI wine tumblers, two 20 oz. YETI Rambler® tumblers, two 14 oz. YETI Rambler mugs and two YETI Colsters®.
Value — $609

Donated by Clique Lanes
Clique Lanes Party for up to 40 people — includes eight lanes and two hours of bowling.
Value — $450

Donated by Coiffeteria Salon
Coiffeteria Salon Package — includes one mani/pedi, facial and KPS facial products.
Value — $400

Donated by Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Family Day Experience — includes one-time admission for two adults and two children to Frederik Meijer Gardens and four GA/carousel ride passes to the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
Value — $79

Donated by Funky Buddha and Alkalign Studios
Studios Package — includes one month of unlimited classes to Funky Buddha and Alkaligh Studios and swag.
Value — $324

Donated by Grand Rapids Gymnastics
Grand Rapids Gymnastics Birthday Party Package — includes a two-hour birthday party for you and up to 10 guests.
Value — $220

Donated by Greyline Brewing Co.
Greyline Brewing Co. Night Out Package — includes two $150 gift cards, two sweatshirts and two koozies.
Value — $390

Donated by Jeffrey Richards Salon
Jeffrey Richards Salon Package — includes a $150 gift card for services and $150 worth of Aveda products.
Value — $300

Donated by John Ball Zoo
Behind-the-scenes aquarium tour and penguin feeding for two. Zoo admission is included.
Value — $140

Donated by JW Marriott Grand Rapids
Spa Escape Package — includes a one-night stay in one of the water view bedrooms, 50-minute couple’s massage, $50 in jbucks to use at six.one.six or Mixology, and complimentary parking.
Value — $424

Donated by Mike and Rachel Mraz and Divani
Frederik Meijer Gardens Concert Series — includes two VIP tickets to Tash Sultana on September 8 and two bottles of wine.
Value — $296

Donated by Mike and Rachel Mraz and Divani
Frederik Meijer Gardens Concert Series — includes two VIP tickets to Big Head Todd and the Monsters + Toad the Wet Sprocket on June 20 (sold out show!) and two bottles of wine.
Value — $270

Donated by Mike and Rachel Mraz and Retro Boat Rentals
Enjoy a two-night stay in the heart of Saugatuck! Located above the Mitten Brewing Company – Saugatuck, dozens of restaurants, shops, bars and activities are located just a short walk away. Once you get settled, cruise on over to Retro Boat Rentals for a two-hour boat rental up and down the Kalamazoo River. After your cruise, enjoy food and drinks at the Retro Boat Rentals dock!
Value — TBD

Donated by Kendra Osowski
Crystal Mountain Penthouse Condo — includes two-night stay for up to four people and ski lift tickets. Dates negotiable for 2019–2020 ski season.
Value — $1,000

Donated by Kendra Osowski
Four tickets to Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals on August 9, 2019, 7:10 p.m. at Comerica Park. Includes parking pass. Seats are in section 135, row 10.
Value — $396

Donated by Pop Scholars
Four tickets to a Pop Scholars improv show of your choice.
Value — $50

Donated by Pumpernickels
Pumpernickels – Saugatuck mixology and tasting class for 10 including delicious samples.
Value — $200

Donated by Reserve Wine & Food
Chef’s tasting with wine pairing for two.
Value — $200

Donated by Siren & Proper
Siren & Proper package — includes t-shirt, mug, makeup bag, $150 gift card, Revita brow and lash sample, Young Blood makeup and brow/lash boost.
Value — $450

Donated by Terra Tarango
Wine and Design Package — includes a personalized Art Party for four. Choose from a variety of art styles and mediums and receive personalized instruction as you and your friends create masterpieces and memories, with wine and appetizers for inspiration!
Value — $300

Donated by Van Andel Education Institute
Birthday Party at Van Andel Education Institute. A two-hour birthday party your child will never forget! Animal interactions, science demonstrations and engineering challenges. For ages 6–13, 15 people maximum.
Value — $500

Event Co-Chairs

Chad Bassett

Rachel Mraz

Event Committee

Aaron DeVos

Alyssa Nance

Kendra Osowski

Alex Schrotenboer

Kyle Van Andel

Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.

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Champagne Sponsors

Chardonnay Sponsors

Pinot Noir Sponsors

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June 1, 2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Crescent Park
Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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