Oct. 13, 2022
5:30 pm  -  11:00 pm ET

Couture for a Cure

Join co-hosts Carol Van Andel, Rebecca Wierda and Kelli Templeton for the 17th annual Couture for a Cure —  an evening full of fashion, fun and philanthropy in support of Van Andel institute’s mission!

This year’s intimate event will feature a one-of-a-kind fashion show by Leigh’s along with a special look at the Fall/Winter 2022 collection from world-renowned Italian brand Max Mara. Founded in 1951 by visionary Achille Maramotti and recognized today for its timeless sensibility and luxurious fabrics, Max Mara is available in 2,600 locations in more than 100 countries worldwide. Artistry™ skincare and makeup will grace the runway, with opportunities for guests to experience these on-trend products at the beauty bar.

The event will feature a strolling cocktail hour, a silent auction full of incredible items, a seated dinner and the long-awaited return of the after-party featuring live entertainment from DJ AB. Guests will be gifted swag bags with specially curated items and sponsors will receive exclusive benefits and VIP gifts from Artistry. All in attendance will have access to a one-of-a-kind shopping experience featuring fashionable looks from Max Mara. Guests will receive a gift card for the Max Mara Shopping Experience, and 10 percent of all sales will be donated to VAI!

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

Suggested attire for the evening is Cocktail Attire.

4:00 – 5:30 pm

VIP Party for sponsors and sponsor guests only.

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Max Mara shopping experience
Artistry beauty bar experience
Strolling cocktail reception

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Seated dinner begins
Music by DJ AB and sponsor slideshow

8:00 pm

Welcome by program emcee Kelli Templeton, Chief Marketing Officer, Amway
Remarks 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 and Max Mara fashion presentation

9:00 pm

Runway fashion presentation ends

9:00 – 11:00 pm

Afterglow with DJ AB
Max Mara shopping experience and the Artistry beauty bar experience remain open

11:00 pm

Event ends

Passed hor d’oeuvres

Crab cake with saffron aioli
Spinach stuffed mushroom cap
Rare flank steak on seasoned crostini with a delicate mustard mousse

Family Style Apps

Trio of dips with toasted baguette and lavash


Salad of kale and baby red chard, roasted butternut squash, candied walnuts, radish, and cider honey vinaigrette


Seared salmon, purple and sweet potato hash, with tomato-balsamic sauce and chimichurri


Vanilla bean cheesecake with roasted peach compote and ginger shortdough cookie

Title:Description:Value: Donated By:
Exclusive Leigh's experience packageLeigh’s will treat you and three friends to an exclusive in-store experience. First, Leigh’s makeup artists will pamper you with a skincare consultation and makeup application as you enjoy lovely refreshments. Next, you will meet with Leigh’s Merchandise Manager, Deb Clark, for a private overview of the season’s hottest trends and how they can be interpreted into your own personal style. Then, shop to your heart’s content! Leigh’s has included four $100 gift cards in this package for your shopping enjoyment, and 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 a $100 gift card! Date to be mutually agreed upon.$1,500Leigh's
Max Mara Smooth Leather Shoulder Bag Max Mara Smooth Leather Shoulder Bag in color Earth. Made from supple leather, this bag features a top zip fastening, stitched with double felled-seams, a main compartment with an interior slip pocket and a zipped pocket, an adjustable shoulder strap, protective feet and and finished with the Max Mara logo on the front. Made in Italy.$1,240Max Mara
Artistry basket #1Renewing Foaming Cleanser, Renewing Softening Toner, Renewing Reactivation Cream, Renewing Reactivation Eye Cream, Firming Ultra Lifting Cream, Studio Skin Tanning Water Lt/Md, Studio Skin Tanning Water Md/Dp, Artistry 14 Night ResetGo Vibrant Lipstick (three shades), Go Vibrant Clear Lip Balm.$602Artistry
Artistry basket #2Renewing Foaming Cleanser, Renewing Softening Toner, Renewing Reactivation Cream, Renewing Reactivation Eye Cream, Firming Ultra Lifting Cream, Studio Skin Tanning Water Lt/Md, Studio Skin Tanning Water Md/Dp, Artistry 14 Night ResetGo Vibrant Lipstick (three shades), Go Vibrant Clear Lip Balm.$602Artistry
Cheeky Strut luxury haircare basketLuxury haircare basket includes products, silk pillowcase, scrunchies, brushes, and curling iron. $550Cheeky Strut
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Bed, Bottle and Beef Bed, Bottle, Beef — an overnight stay at the Amway Grand Plaza, a bottle of wine and a $100 gift card to be enjoyed at Ruth’s Chris.$500Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Siren and Proper gift basketExclusive Siren & Proper gift basket includes: RevitaLash products, Siren & Proper
makeup bags, eyelash curler, shirt, YoungBlood eyeshadow and gift card.
RevitaBrow Brow Growth Serum four month supply
Siren & Proper gift card
RevitaLash white makeup bag
RevitaLash eyelash curler
Siren & Proper shirt
RevitaLash Mascara
Siren & Proper lash wand
RevitaLash black makeup bag
RevitaBrow Brow Mascara, dark brown
YoungBlood Eyeshadow
$450Siren and Proper
Vintage to Vogue charm necklace Delicate charm necklace with Swarovski crystal, freshwater pearl and black CC heart zipper pull.$428Vintage to Vogue
Great Lakes Bagworks bag collection (5)A set of five bags from Great Lakes Bagworks — three totes and two accessory bags made with laminate sailcloth. The largest bag with the mesh bottom is the Grand Haven Beach bag.
The next largest is the Lake Superior tote.
The smaller one is the Lake Michigan tote.
The boxy toiletry bag is the Charlevoix toiletry bag.
Finally the last zipper bag is the Saugatuck cosmetic pouch.
$330Great Lakes Bagworks
Ethos Day Spa packageGift box including our Signature Bath Robe, a gift card for an Ethos Body Scrub, and a trio of our mini Spa Mist Sprays.$253Ethos Day Spa
Coiffeteria packageExclusive Coiffeteria Salon basket includes one Aveda paddle brush, one Aveda Shampowder, one Aveda foam reset, one Aveda heat relief, and one shampoo and style with Savannah.$170Coiffeteria
Design 1 Salon and Spa Pretty Woman PackageExclusive Design 1 Salon and Spa "Pretty Woman Package." Includes haircut and blow out with brush work, Signature Pedicure, and Signature Manicure.$155Design 1 Salon and Spa

Event Details

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

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!



VIP Party Sponsor

  • Brenda Rinks


  • Chuck & Christine Boelkins


  • Mimi Cummings

  • Gallagher Logo
  • Dave & Donna Hockstra

  • Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation


  • Patti Griswold

  • Jana Hall

  • Paul & Sheryl Haverkate

  • Humphries Development

  • Dr. Peter & Veronica Jones

  • Margaret Klopcic

  • David and Angela Muilenberg

  • Shawn & Sarah Platt

  • Brian DeVries & Barbara Pugh

  • Sharon Van Dellen

  • Michael & Gayle VanGessel