Oct. 12, 2023
6:00 pm  -  11:00 pm ET

Couture for a Cure 2023

This event is SOLD OUT.

Couture for a Cure is back on October 12th for its 18th year, bringing together fashion, fun and philanthropy in support of Van Andel Institute’s mission.

Co-hosts Carol Van Andel and Rebecca Wierda will guide you through a one-of-a-kind fashion show by Leigh’s, along with the unique presence of this year’s featured designer, SIMKHAI. Founded in 2010 by designer Jonathan Simkhai, the studio takes inspiration from architects and sculptors, blending progressive construction techniques with intimate hand-detailing to create truly special garments. The runway will feature the latest products from Artistry™, with opportunities for guests to experience the latest in skincare and cosmetic innovation at the beauty bar.

Along with unforgettable fashion, the evening will feature a strolling cocktail hour, a silent auction, and a thrilling after-party featuring live entertainment from AB. Guests will receive exclusive gift bags featuring exclusive items from Artistry™ and event sponsors.

All proceeds directly fund biomedical research and science education programs at the Institute.

Suggested attire for the evening is cocktail attire.
Complimentary valet at the main entrance.

Thank you to our incredible 2023 sponsors!

  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm Event begins:

    - Cocktail reception

    - Artistry™ beauty bar experience opens
  • 6:50 pm Guests make their way to their seats
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm Dinner is served
  • 8:00 pm Program begins:

    • - Welcome by Kyle Van Andel
    • - An update on Van Andel Institute by Carol Van Andel, Executive Director of The David and Carol Van Andel Family Foundation
    • - Van Andel Institute video presentation
    • - Remarks by Rebecca Wierda, President of Leigh’s
    • - Leigh's fall runway fashion presentation
    • - Exclusive look at the Holiday/Resort 2024 Collection of SIMKHAI
  • 9:00 pm Runway fashion presentation ends
  • 9:00 - 11:00 pm After Party with AB
    *The Artistry™ beauty bar experience remains open
  • 11:00 pm Event ends

Event Details

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

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!





  • Chuck and Christine Boelkins


  • Dan and Sherry Bowen

  • Dave and Donna Hockstra

  • J.C. and Tammy Huizenga

  • Bill and Starr Humphries

  • Brian DeVries and Barbara Pugh

  • Trinity Health Logo
  • Kurt and Madelon Hassberger and Brian and Colleen Walker


  • Jeffrey & Kate DeLongchamp

  • Gallagher Logo
  • Patti Griswold

  • Jeffery Roberts Design

  • Jana Hall

  • Paul and Sheryl Haverkate

  • Dr. Peter and Veronica Jones

  • Alanna Rynders

  • Jack and Lori Skoog

  • Scott and Jan Spoelhof

  • Sharon Van Dellen

  • Mike and Gayle VanGessel

  • Vicky Weller