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.
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
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
Trivento Cabernet/Malbec Blend
Trivento White Orchid
Toro de Piedra Chardonnay
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
Gruet Blanc de Noir
La Luca Prosecco
Domaine Carneros Brut
Perrier Jouet Gran Brut
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 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 Grand Rapids Symphony
Grand Rapids Symphony Experience — includes two complimentary tickets to any Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Concert, Fox Motors Pops Concert or D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops lawn seats.
Value — $132
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 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 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
Kyle Van Andel
Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.