Hope on the Hill Gala 2015

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Hope on the Hill Gala 2015

October 29, 2015 @ 6:00 pm EDT

Phantom of the Opera – Unmasking the Mysteries of Disease

Black tie attire, masks encouraged. Complimentary valet parking at  Institute entrance.  Sample cuisine from Grand Rapids’ finest restaurants and catering companies. Sip martinis mixed on bars of chiseled ice. Enjoy live entertainment by Forte Tenors and dance the night away in Club Hope. And the best part? You’re helping us to fight disease and to educate the scientists of tomorrow, and giving 100% to research, discovery & hope!Forte- website Forte is a classical crossover-operatic pop sensation and arguably the most successful group to be launched off of America’s Got Talent. Josh Page, Sean Panikkar and Hana Ryu, solo artists in their own right, combine their individual talents to create one incredible, multicultural vocal force. Their debut album rose to number two on the Amazon Best Sellers list, and their new album, The Future Classics, includes the hit single Game of Thrones, which has gone viral on YouTube. With their ability to bring classical power to modern music, Forte is poised to remain as the top tenor group in the United States.    

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Live Auction Packages

ModernDayModern Day Floral Ultimate Home Dinner Experience – Set the date with your closest family and friends to treat them to the ultimate home dinner experience with the use of an elegant set of our fine bone china and tableware, luxurious textured linens and napkins, beautiful rental chairs, and of course, an opulent and exquisite European-designed floral arrangement. This package is valued at $1,500 and is designed for a service of 8 guests total. Value: $1,500 preusserPreusser JewelersPreussersEarrings Preusser Jewelers has donated a pair of Ladies 18Kt white gold earrings which are set with color enhanced pink princess cut diamonds which weigh 1.31 carats for the pair.  They are accented with a combined 144 white diamonds which = .87 carats total weight, and are set in halos around the pink diamonds and accent the under carriage. Value: $6,000 GR-Outdoor-Logo_300GR Outdoor GR Outdoor Digital Billboard Campaign – Promote your business for 8 weeks on any one of GR Outdoor’s 30 available digital billboards and receive up to 1,332,752 impressions. You can change designs, run multiple messages and choose a strategy that meets your needs throughout your advertising campaign. The package includes complimentary creative design and delivers a whopping 75,600 eight-second ads in 8 weeks. You may also choose to cobrand with Van Andel Institute to show your organization’s support for local disease research and science education initiatives. Go digital! Value: $6,400 A Night Out with The Phantom of the Opera Enjoy a night out in downtown Grand Rapids with private transportation, dinner and drinks before Broadway Grand Rapids’ The Phantom of the Opera. This package includes tickets, dinner and drinks at Reserve, and transportation for 6 guests. This package is valued at TBD.


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Preusser Jewelers has donated a beautiful 18Kt. white gold pendant which is set with a color enhanced oval shaped pink diamond weighing .52 carats. It is accented with 48 round brilliant cut diamonds, which also extend onto the infinity style bail. These equal .20 carats. It hangs on a 16” 14Kt. white gold rollo style chain. Value $4975.00 We will be pre-selling raffle tickets for $100 a piece. Tickets can be purchased by calling or emailing Laura Freel, Laura.Freel@vai.org, 616.234.5757. You need not be present to win.  

Restaurant Menu Items

The Chop House:

Lobster Bisque
Mini Desserts


Braised Pork: with sour apples and pecan maple syrup
West African Peanut Soup

Amway Grand Plaza:

Chef-carved Slow-roasted, basted breast of turkey
Chef-carved rosemary-scented roast boneless leg of lamb

Twisted Rooster:

Pulled pork crostini: house-made pulled pork topped with crispy noodle cole slaw

Twisted Mac: cavatappi noodles, bold 5 cheese blend, house smoked chicken, sweet peas, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, with baked cheddar bread crumbs and fried parmesan

Osteria Rossa:

Meatballs: beef, pork, basil, parmesan, olive oil, San Marzano tomato sauce


Lobster Shrimp Cakes: Maine lobster, shrimp, fresh herbs with a house remoulade sauce
Smoked Salmon Canapes: Cold smoked salmon with lemon caper dill sauce on a water cracker


Gourmet cheese fondue station featuring a wide assortment of meats, breads, and vegetables to entice any appetite


Char Crusted Ahi Tuna with thai chile glaze, wasabi mayo, and asian slaw
Houlihan’s Original Potato Soup: with bacon, scallions, and cheddar

Slow’s BBQ:

Pulled pork

Bar Divani:

Roasted yellow pepper hummus hors d’voures
Beef and pork meatballs in wild mushroom cream


Trout lox, fennel, pickled grape, yuzu crème friache, rye
Parsnip Soup, pickled honey crisp apple, puffed barley, ginger


Joyful Almond Macaroons: a decadent dessert of coconut, almonds and cream filling with a drizzle of dark chocolate ganache


Contact Sarah Murphy Lamb at 616-234-5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.    

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October 29, 2015
6:00 pm EDT
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Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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