Couture for a Cure 2018


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Couture for a Cure 2018

October 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

The 2018 Couture for a Cure event is SOLD OUT. Please contact Sarah Rollman at Sarah.Rollman@vai.org if you would like to be added to the waiting list in case any general admission seats open up.

Join us for a runway fashion presentation by Leigh’s and a personal appearance by designer Lourdes Chavez along with an exclusive preview of her Spring ’19 collection. Hats from milliner Christine A. Moore will compliment Chavez’s designs during the presentation. Experience Artistry’s new products and on trend looks at the Artistry Beauty Bar and on the runway. All proceeds benefit biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute. Complimentary valet parking available. Cocktail attire suggested. 

Guests are invited to Leigh’s on October 12 for a Christine A. Moore pop-up shop where they can purchase hats for the upcoming Hope on the Hill Gala — Run for the Roses.




Ticket Details and Seating Map

Designer — Lourdes Chavez

Milliner — Christine A. Moore

Chance Auction



6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Event begins
Cocktails &  strolling dinner
Chance auction tickets on sale, photo booth and Artistry beauty lounge open

7:45 p.m.
Runway Seating Opens
Bars close and chance auction tickets sales end

8:00 p.m.
Welcome by program emcee Candace Matthews, Amway Regional President – The Americas

8:05 p.m.
An update on Van Andel Institute by Carol Van Andel, Executive Director of The David and Carol Van Andel Family Foundation

8:15 p.m.
Introduction of the fall fashion presentation by Rebecca Wierda, President of Leigh’s
Exclusive look at the 2019 spring collection of Lourdes Chavez featuring hats by Christine A. Moore

9:00 p.m.
Runway fashion presentation ends
Late night snacks & cocktails
Photo booth is open and Artistry Beauty Lounge re-opens until 10pm

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
After party with live entertainment by AB

Please, note there are several seating options for Couture for a Cure. Click on the image to view the seating chart. The following options are available through registration:

Reserved riserLocated in the riser sections at both ends of the runway. Chairs are reserved with guest names. Please note, only a limited number will be sold. SOLD OUT.

General admission
: Located in the second, third and fourth rows along the runway. Please note, reserved seats are not available for general admission. SOLD OUT.
VIP: Located in the first row along the runway and in the riser sections. Reserved with guest names. Please note, only a limited number will be sold. SOLD OUT.


Lourdes began designing beautiful clothing after her graduation from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising specializing in couture design. Lourdes was born and meant to be a designer but is equally a talented pattern maker and sewer which serves to enhance her entire process. Her career began with two prestigious houses in Los Angeles but her true talent and creativity blossomed when she opened her own house in December of 1997. Lourdes has been creating amazing designs with each collection and developing into a world class designer who has been honored and received numerous awards by the State of California, City of Hope, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and the Fashion Group International to name a few. Today, Lourdes Chavez is a multi-million dollar company with accounts at the finest specialty stores and boutiques in the nation.



Established in 1994, Christine A. Moore MIllinery is based in New York City on 34th Street between the Fashion and Accessories districts. Although Christine designs a wide range of women’s and men’s collections, she is best known for her explosive racing styles for the Kentucky Derby, two of which are in the Kentrucky Derby Museum. In 2009, she partnered with Churchill Downs and Mattel to design the official Barbie Derby hat. Her hats were used in the 2009 official Kentucky Derby poster. She has designed both the Oaks and Derby hats for Kentucky’s former first lady Jane Beshear, and Preakness hats for the past two mayors of Baltimore. Christine has been on the “Today Show” live from Churchill Downs six times, where NBC calls her the “milliner to the triple crown.” Her hats have graced many magazine covers including InStyle with Katy Perry and Vanity Fair with Jennifer Lopez, to name a few. Her hats have been on many television shows including, “Nashville,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Carrie Diaries” and “Horseplayers.”

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Spa and Salon Package
Value – $480
Overnight accommodations for two, $50 food and beverage gift card, $200 spa gift card for use during your stay, access to Fitness Center and complimentary self or valet parking.

Ann Teliczan
“Everywhere 107” Fine Art Canvas Luna Print by Ann Teliczan
Value – $1,250

Supreme LX Regenerating and Eye Crèmes
Value – $560

Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery
Smooth & Refyne Makeover
Value – $2,000
Winner receives a customized treatment with our Master Injector using Dysport, Restylane Refyne & Restylane Defyne, & Skin Better Intensive Lines Treatment.

Cheeky Strut
Gift Basket
Value – $300

Christine A. Moore Millinery
Carine silk taffeta bound diamond horsehair disk with 2 silk petal flowers and coque feathers by
Value – $420

Shopping Experience
Value – $1,500
Leigh’s will treat you and three friends to an exclusive in store experience, first including skincare consultation, makeup application and refreshments. Next, you will meet with Leigh’s Merchandise Manager, Deb Clark, for a private overview of the season’s hottest fashion trends and how they can be interpreted into your own style. Leigh’s has also included 4 – $100 gift cards in this package. They will be giving back 10% of your group’s purchases to Van Andel Institute. To complete the experience, enjoy dinner at any Gilmore Collection restaurant with an $100 gift card.

Lourdes Chavez
Custom Piece
Value – $2,750

M.C.L Design
Elegant pair of M.C.L Design earrings featuring .83CT Sapphires and 32.3CT of Semiprecious Stones on .925 Sterling Silver
Value – $1,095

Modern Day Floral
Modern Day Floral Experience
Value – $1,500
An ultimate home dinner experience: certificate for fresh floral, rental linens, rental chairs, rental tablescape and candlelight, etc. included.

Renewal Skin Spa
Salt Facial Package
Value – $250

Siren and Proper
Gift Basket
Value – $1,225

Vintage to Vogue
Blue goldstone beads hand tied with navy leather enhanced with a Swarovski crystal bail and vintage antique brass bauble necklace handcrafted by
Value – $200


Pork Carnitas – smokey pulled pork, flour tortillas, fresh pico de gallo, roasted tomato salsa, chimichurri and fresh cilantro


Dessert bar – White Chocolate Mousse, Blueberry Strussel, Spiced Apple Rangoons


Build your own Mac n’ Cheese bar

Garlic-Ginger meatballs with toasted sesame seeds

Mini beef wellington

Parmesan French fry martini with garlic aioli

Poached shrimp with avocado and lime

Roasted mushrooms on pita chip with cucumber raita

Smoked salmon crostini with lemon and dill

Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella skewer

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Chocolate chip, white chocolate raspberry, lemon, red velvet, and gluten free chocolate chip cookie bundtinis

Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails

Apple blossom, shot of Gray Skies Apple Brandy with cider, ginger and autumn spices, coated in cocoa butter

Gin cured Salmon Rosette with Sturgeon caviar, pickled onion crème, brioche toast and dill blossom

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

Presented By

Title Sponsor

Hairstylist Sponsor

VIP Party Sponsors

After Party Sponsors

Vintage Sponsors

Runway Sponsors

Restaurant Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsors


October 11, 2018
6:00 pm
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