Hope on the Hill Gala


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Hope on the Hill Gala

October 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

On October 25, 2018, we invite you to join Van Andel Institute for the 18th annual Hope on the Hill Gala — Run for the Roses. Get decked out in your finest derby attire, sample delightfully indulgent cuisine, sip on hand-crafted artisan cocktails, and partake in the best live music and entertainment outside of the Bluegrass State. All proceeds from Hope on the Hill directly benefit the Institute’s biomedical research and science education programs. Complimentary valet parking available.
Kentucky Derby chic attire suggested. 

Evening Agenda

Host Committee


Chance Auction

Live Auction

Restaurant Menus


6 pm

Cocktails & Strolling Dinner

7 pm

Video Presentation

Live Auction featuring Meyer May House Dinner Package for 10

Paddle Raise for Research

Light Balance Performance #1

8 pm

Video Presentation

Paddle Raise for Research

Light Balance Performance #2

9 pm

Dessert & Dancing

Live Entertainment by AB

Carol Van Andel Committee Chair
Jill Bielema
Lori Cook
Jennifer Ederer
Julie Fox
Peggy Greydanus
Sue Jandernoa
Deb Kinney
Vicky Ludema
Eve Rogus
Therese Rowerdink
Susan Stafford
Anne Zimmerman
Jane Zwiers

Light Balance

The light goes out and you are left alone with yourself, armed only by imagination. The atmosphere of magic, light, dance and music gets into you, makes you believe in what is happening on a stage. Colorful images of neon world remains in mind for a long time. This is Light Balance. A team of talented, young dancers, designers, programmers, and choreographers.

Our performances are separate stories which makes you believe in the impossible. Along with heroes of incredible show you will visit a magical world and romantic dream, feel yourself like a legendary knight!

We are continuing to develop and win world audience by experimenting with new genres and styles of light show. Our tools are glowing costumes based on the so-called “Cold neon” — special wire coated with luminescent material. Each suit is made by hand and is a complex multichannel light system. Management is performed by the unique wireless controllers of our own design patented in Ukraine. Special application on the PC makes perfect synchronization of music and lighting effects to the millisecond!

Simon G. Earrings
Donated by Preusser Jewelers
by designer Simon G. from his organic collection, a pair of 18Kt. rose and white gold diamond earrings with a delicate floral and vine motif
Value – $4,400

Haworth Black FERN chair
Value – $1,525

CityFlats Beer City Package
Enjoy one night stay at CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids, one CityFlatsHotel Howler with your choice of craft beer, two Beer City USA pint glasses, a Beer City USA map and complementary parking
Value – $199

Grand Rapids Public Museum Archival Tour and Dinner
Includes appetizers and drinks
Value – $1,000

Signed Jason Hanson Detroit Lions jersey
Size: L
Color: White
Value – Priceless

Basket of Bubbles
Value – $150

California Wine Tour Basket
Value – $150

Wines Around the World Basket
Value – $150

(2) Grand Traverse Resort 18 – hole rounds of golf with cart
Value – $125

(2) Grand Traverse Resort 18 – hole rounds of golf with cart
Value – $125

Grand Traverse Resort Private Lesson
Value – $125

University of Michigan vs. Penn State football tickets
November 3rd Row 64 Seats 8 and 7 at Michigan Stadium
Value – $290

Michigan State University vs. Rutgers football tickets with parking pass
November 24th 50 yard line Row 33 Seats 13 and 14 at Spartan Stadium
Parking included at Breslin Center
Value – $300

Watermark golf package for 4 plus cart
Value – $300

Equine Center for Therapeutic Riding
Wrangler Birthday Party at Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding’s year- round facilities for up to 12 individuals for 3 hours. Head out on the trail or ride in our climate controlled indoor arena. Enjoy crafts, grooming and painting ponies, cake and ice cream with a fun to go package for each guest! Highlights of entire event caught and saved on CD. • 3 hour party at Equest Center for up to 12 guests, • Decorations, Cake, ice cream, crafts, and take home bag provided, • Horseback riding (Can be adapted for different ages & occasions)
Value – $600

Metal Art Studio ring
Ladies 14k green gold ring with one pear shape Apple Green Tourmalie and five flush-set round diamonds
Value – $4,250

Grand Meadows Farm – Farm to Table Beef Package
Two halves of naturally raised, locally grown, antibiotic and hormone free farm to table beef. Cut to your specifications.
Value – $4,000

Westside Beer Tour
Westside Beer Tour for four – Exclusive trip to explore Westside breweries with behind the scenes access. Transportation is included. Dates to be coordinated with John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman of Mlive’s Best Series
Value – $400

BLiS Basket
Bourbon infused products, truffle oil and spice rubs
Value – $300

Meadowview Farm Polo Package
4 introductory polo lessons and 4 practice “chukkers”
Value – $550

Kentucky Trail Whiskey and Cigar Package
Cigars donated by Tuttle’s Select Cigars & Tobaccos
Value – $350

Victorinox Swiss Army Women’s ‘Victoria’ Watch
Donated by Siegel Jewelers
Gold Tone Dial and Stainless Steel Bracelet
Value – $550

Northern Michigan Wine Weekend Getaway with Leelanau Cellars
Donated by Leelanau Cellars
2 night stay in 3 bed/3 bath condo, accommodates three couples. Includes gift basket and free wine tasting
Value – $1,400

Modern Day Floral and The Everyday Chef & Wife Dinner Package
Treat your guests to an intimate and warm evening with an exquisite 6-course meal created by The Everyday Chef & Wife. Jason and Kate are classically-trained in the culinary arts, and specialize in using local, made-from-scratch ingredients. They will walk you and your guests through each course of the event – explaining what you are about to enjoy, and how it was lovingly made. Your table will be set with a magnificent fresh floral centerpiece and flickering candlelight, couture linens, fine china, flatware, and glassware from the team at Modern Day Events and Floral.
Value – $2,500

“An Evening at the Meyer May House, A Dinner Party for 10”

We look forward to sharing an architectural treasure with you and your guests.  It is our intent to create a unique and memorable experience, an evening you and your guests will cherish.

Enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner, a unique dessert and the red and white Meyer May House privately labeled California wines.  The Meyer May chefs will provide a variety of selections to assure something for every palate.

A docent will be nearby to give guided tours of Meyer May House and weather permitting, the veranda will be open for a lovely setting of conversation and relaxation.

Dinner parties can be accommodated on most any Friday evening throughout the year. The House Manager will work with you to select a date and review menu plans.

Donated by Steelcase Inc., a private dinner party evening like this is not available except through unique charitable events and less than a handful are allowed to be given each year to the local community.

While open to the public on a weekly basis for tours, the Meyer May House is not open to catered events, receptions or weddings.

“The Derby Diamond” ring by Michelle Crumback Jewelry – Grand Rapids Premier Diamond and Fine Jewelry Broker

Lady’s 14kt. White Gold Custom Designed Diamond Ring, created specifically for the “Hope on the Hill” Gala. This ring is made by some of the finest craftsmen in the jewelry industry, containing 147 sparkling high-quality round diamonds, for a total diamond weight of 2.30 carats. This spectacular ring has eight rows of diamonds and several unique depths, emulating fashion, sophistication and distinguishing beauty while complimenting her jewelry portfolio, this custom designed diamond ring will become one of her treasured beautiful jewelry pieces. Perfect for every day or a special event at the Van Andel Institute. Let’s work together helping to sustain change and transform our community one act of HOPE at a time.


Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Charcuterie display with assorted meats & cheeses with chutney, honey & breads

Late night sliders


Smoked whitefish dip with naan bread

Goat cheese crostini with cranberry compote


Quinoa Salad ­— arugula, roasted cauliflower, sweet potato, red onion, toasted pistachios & cilantro-parsley vinaigrette


Late night pizzas

Kitchen 67

Steak & Bacon Bites — tender sirloin hand sliced with melted bleu cheese sauce & applewood smoked bacon

Bird in Hand Chicken Sandwich — natural chicken breaded with Founders Red’s Rye batter & seasonings, mayo & chopped lettuce on a buttery brioche bun


Lobster & Shrimp Cakes — Maine lobster, shrimp & fresh herbs with a house remoulade sauce

Smoked Salmon Canapés — cold smoked salmon with lemon-caper-dill sauce on a water cracker

Reserve Wine & Food

Marcona almonds

Spanish olives

Pâté maison with pickles, assorted mustards & baguettes


French green bean salad with truffled crème, pickled shallot & sauce gribiche

Slows Bar BQ

Smoked pulled pork



Gluten-free almond macaroonies

Decadent Southern-style bourbon balls

The Chop House

Lobster bisque

Mini Desserts


Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders – brioche, house-made pimento cheese, smoked turkey, bacon tomato bruschetta & parmesan crust with herbs

Bourbon Balls – bourbon, walnuts, chocolate, vanilla wafer & powdered sugar

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

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October 25, 2018
6:00 pm
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Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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