Hope on the Hill Gala

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Hope on the Hill Gala

October 27, 2016 @ 6:00 pm EDT

Join us as we celebrate Van Andel Institute’s 20th Anniversary!

Sample cuisine from Grand Rapids’ finest restaurants and catering companies. Enjoy live entertainment and dance the night away in Club Hope. And the best part? You’re helping to support our biomedical research and science education programs and giving 100% to research, discovery & hope! Roaring Twenties (cocktail) attire is encouraged.  

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Entertainer – Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

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LandauPress1Since wowing the America’s Got Talent judges with his interpretations of classics by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and walking away with the grand prize, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. has released his Columbia Records debut That’s Life (the CD hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and was produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell), and has performed all over the country, from the California State Fair to the New York’s famous Apollo Theatre, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to the Marina Civic Center in Florida and all points in between. Landau also performed his first ever concerts with two complete symphony orchestras and visited Asia for the first time, as the headliner at a special charity benefit at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai China for AEG Live.

Landau has also co-authored a book with award-winning writer Rick Robinson chronicling Landau’s All American success story–America’s Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr: From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star–and recorded a besting selling Christmas album, Christmas Made for Two.


6PM Strolling dinner For a full listing of menu offerings please visit the restaurant menu tab. 7PM Remarks by David Van Andel, Chairman and CEO Video presentation Paddle raise with Maranda & Tony Gates Landau Eugene Murphy Performance #1* 8PM Candy bar opens 8PM Remarks by David Van Andel, Chairman and CEO Video presentation Paddle raise with Maranda & Tony Gates Landau Eugene Murphy Performance #2* 9PM – 12AM Late night snacks available Dancing in Club Hope with live entertainment by DJ Jared Sykes of Sykes Entertainment Chance auction tickets sales end at 9pm 9:30PM Chance auction winners announced by Maranda & Tony Gates in Club Hope *All guests have been pre-assigned a show time. You will find your designated show time printed on the right hand corner of your name tag.

Donated anonymously.  Enjoy a 7 night stay at a Spring Creek Ranch condominium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Value: $4,000 The Crown Jewel Spa & Salon Indulge in the Duchess makeover which includes a moor mud wrap and bath, a facial, kerastase hair treatment and style, and a pedicure. Value: $450 Preusser Jewelers Take home a 18k white gold ring with a tanzanite center and two beautiful half diamonds on either side. Accenting the shank are brilliant round prong set diamonds. The piece as a .24 caret total weight. Value: $5,000 New Holland Brewing Experience a tour of the New Holland Brewing productions campus, plus a $100 gift card (for 6 adults). Value: $190 Long Road Distillers Take a tour of the distillery and enjoy a tasting of their spirits (for 10 adults). Value: $100 Gray Skies Distillery Enjoy a tour of Gray Skies Distillery for 12 people. The tour will show how Gray Skies brings in whole local grains and turns them into Bourbon whiskey 100% on site at their production facility in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The Bourbon making process takes years but the tour is about 45 minutes and includes a free tasting of all spirits at its conclusion. The tour is available any Saturday between 1-9 PM. This package also includes a bottle of Gray Skies Barrel Finished Hopped Gin. Value: $150 Modern Day Private Party Design Host the ultimate home-dinner experience with the use our fine bone china, tableware, linens, rental chairs, letterpress stationery and an exquisite European-designed floral arrangement. Value: $1,500 Overnight Stay & Play Package Enjoy a one-night stay at the Little River Casino and Resort and a $25 food voucher. Plus, a one night stay at FireKeepers and buffet for two. Value: $494 Hotel Walloon This package includes a four-night stay in a one bedroom suite at Hotel Walloon, one $100 gift card to Tulips high-end retail, one $150 gift card to Vogue Salon and Spa, dinner for two at the Walloon Lake Inn with a bottle of wine ($75 value max for the wine), breakfast for two at Barrel Back Restaurant and a full-day boat rental from Tommy’s Water Sports. Value: $4,300 Brothers Leather Supply Brothers Leather will be donating a full-grain, vegetable tanned, vachetta leather messenger bag and growler bag. Value: $470


Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Pork belly mashed potatoes with pan jus, topped with pickled onion
Pork crackles served in bowl tchotchke made/constructed ala minute in front of guests


CitySén Lounge
Marinated and roasted shrimp with jalapeno cocktail sauce

The Chop House
Lobster Bisque and mini desserts

Caprese skewers, hummus shooters and chocolate mousse shooters

The Great Gatsby fried chicken with BBQ sauce

Chef Brech Catering
FOODesign by Chef Brech
Caprese skewers, hummus shooters and chocolate mousse shooters

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck
Thai style pumpkin soup with coconut, green curry and mint
Chinois chicken salad with spicy ginger dressing, napa cabbage, wontons and scallions


Lobster shrimp cakes with maine lobster, shrimp, fresh herbs with a house remoulade sauce
Smoked slamon canapes with cold smoked salmon with a lemon caper dill sauce on a water cracker

Cauliflower soup with harissa oil
Chicken liver deviled eggs, pickled green strawberry, marcona almonds, amaranth, fennel

Slows BarBQ
BBQ pulled pork, Slow’s mac & cheese



Assorted tartines including: Nduja, buscetta and crispy garlic; avacado, feta, tomato and chia seed; smoked salmon, everything cream cheese and pickled onion dill; three pig tartine: tordu, prosciutto mousse, candied bacon, pork crackling and cherry moustarda

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






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October 27, 2016
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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