Hope on the Hill Gala


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Hope on the Hill Gala

October 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

From the very first moment you enter, you’re taken deep into a world of thrilling spontaneity, fanciful characters and an imaginative world of surreal delights — You’re in a place unlike anything you’ve seen before — You’ve entered A Night in Wonderland!

Join Van Andel Institute for the 19th annual Hope on the Hill Gala and become Alice, the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat or the elusive White Rabbit. When you enter A Night in Wonderland, it’s time to let your imagination run free and travel into a colorful playland of whimsy and amazing amusements.

Enjoy delectable cuisine from Grand Rapids’ finest restaurants, sip creative, artisan cocktails served on hand-carved bars of chiseled ice, partake in live entertainment and dance the night away amongst the magical creatures of Wonderland!

All proceeds from Hope on the Hill directly benefit the Institute’s biomedical research and science education programs.

Complimentary valet parking available. Colorful cocktail chic attire is suggested.

Registration Sponsorship

Evening Agenda

Host Committee


Live Auction

Chance Auction

Restaurant Menus


6:30 pm

Cocktails & Strolling Dinner

7:30 pm

Video Presentation

Live Auction

Paddle Raise for Research

Piff the Magic Dragon Performance #1

8:30 pm

Video Presentation

Paddle Raise for Research

Piff the Magic Dragon Performance #2

9 pm

Dessert & Dancing

Live Entertainment by AB

Jill Bielema
Lori Cook
Jessica Cook
Jennifer Ederer
Lynette Ellis
Julie Fox
Peggy Greydanus
Deb Kinney
Vicky Ludema
Eve Rogus
Therese Rowerdink
Susan Stafford
Carol Van Andel
Anne Zimmerman
Jane Zwiers

Piff the Magic Dragon

The star of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track.

With over 100 million online views, sold out shows across the US and Canada and a residency at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip now extended throughout 2018, Piff the Magic Dragon has proved he’s here to stay.

Joined by Mr Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua™, the dynamic duo have performed all over the world in iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the O2, London and Sydney Opera house. He was the opening act for Mumford & Sons on their 17 date UK tour and graces the cover of their Grammy award winning album “Babel”.

Call him unique, call him an icon, whatever you call him, Piff will leave you asking…

“How are you going to top a guy in a dragon suit?” (New York Times)

Donated by Frederik Meijer Gardens, The Everyday Chef and Wife, and Modern Day Floral
Tea Party for 12 in the tea house at the Japanese Gardens at Frederik Meijer Gardens. This includes a ceremony with the tea master with lunch to follow. The Everyday Chef and Wife will provide lunch with fresh floral centerpiece, couture linens, fine china and flatware from the team at Modern Day Floral.
Value — $5,000

Donated by Michelle Crumback Jewelry
“The Wonderland” ring custom designed specifically for this special event by Michelle Crumback — Grand Rapid’s Premier Diamond and Fine Jewelry Broker.

Do you “wonder” where this Tahitian Pearl was created? The French Polynesian Islands!

Symbolizing hope, this rare exotic 12MM Tahitian Pearl with its playful shimmers of green, gold, blue, lavender and pink surfaces will enchant your evening. One hundred high quality, stunning diamonds set in 18KT white gold with a spiral design enhance this precious Tahitian Pearl.

Worn by royals and nobles alike, throughout centuries, “The Wonderland” ring will be cherished in your family for generations.

This spectacular ring is inspired to sustain change and help to transform lives in our community and around the world.

Michelle Crumback Jewelry — presents “The Wonderland” Tahitian & Diamond Ring!
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Video of the ring.
Value — $7,500

Donated by Modern Day Collective and Greencrest Manor Estate
Women’s Wellness Retreat at Greencrest Manor Estate

Step away with seven of your closest friends for a one-of-a-kind experience, a beautiful blend of both creativity and wellness . . . its the perfect girlfriends getaway!

You will come away from this retreat revived and refreshed in the best way possible.

Accommodations for up to eight.

Day 1
Champagne Brunch Upon Arrival
Hands on Floral Design
Afternoon Massages
Wine Tasting & Dinner on the Veranda

Day 2
Morning Yoga Stretch
Light Breakfast
Music and Watercolor Painting
Lunch on the Terrace

Value — $10,000

Donated by Adrian Butler
The Ultimate House Party with AB — features four hours of ultimate entertainment with AB
The first hour features a playlist followed by three hours of interactive DJ-ing and musical requests. Date must be mutually agreed upon by AB and winner.
Value — $4,000

Donated by Carol Vermeulen
Real diamond star from India on Keisha Baroque pearl and labradorite necklace paired with an additional Keisha Baroque pearl and labradorite necklace.
Value — $700

Donated by Centre for Plastic Surgery
Cold cream lip balm, original foot peel, intensive hand crème, AHA/BHA cream and cleanser, TNS Illum. Eye, Vitamin CE Complex and 20 units of Botox.
Value — $592

Donated by Coppercraft Distillery
Cocktail creation class for 10 people.
Value — TBD

Donated by Custer Inc.
New Black James SILQ Chair
Value — $1,230

Donated by Dixon Interior Design
Enjoy the beauty of the Grand Teton Mountains from the deck of your condominium. Ski the great terrain of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. With 2,500 acres of legendary inbounds terrain, over 4,000 feet of vertical rise, 459 inches of average snowfall each winter, and unparalleled backcountry access, Jackson Hole offers a truly unique winter experience. Dine in world-class restaurants, shop the quaint town of Jackson or relax at the onsite spa. You will enjoy your stay at this community on the Butte, overlooking the majestic Teton Mountains.
A two-bedroom, two-bath condominium that sleeps 4–6, puts you in the center of a natural vista. November 2019–April 2020.
Pictures: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Value — $3,350

Donated by Haworth
New Black and Gray Zody chair with 4-D adjustable arms, back lock, forward tilt, and height adjustable.
Value — $1,188

Donated by Hotel Walloon
A two-night stay at Hotel Walloon. Enjoy the charm and hospitality of the nineteenth century along with the comforts of every modern amenity.
Value — $700

Donated by iHeart Media
Two tickets to University of Michigan vs. Ohio State University — November 30, 12 p.m. start time. Section 43/Row 64 at Michigan Stadium.
Value — $360

Donated by John Ball Zoo
Red panda encounter for two. Feed and interact with red pandas. Zoo admission is included.
Value — $520

Zookeeper for a half-day for one. Zoo admission is included.
Value — $135

Behind-the-scenes bear close encounter for two #1. Zoo admission is included.
Value — $120

Behind-the-scenes bear close encounter for two #2. Zoo admission is included.
Value — $120

Under the Sea with penguin encounter for up to five #1
One person will have the chance to get on the deck to feed the penguins with a zookeeper. Others may participate in the Under the Sea area.
Value — $285

Under the Sea with penguin encounter for up to five #2
One person will have the chance to get on the deck to feed the penguins with a zookeeper. Others may participate in the Under the Sea area.
Value — $285

Donated by The Inn at Bay Harbor
One-night stay for two. Includes breakfast in the morning.
Value — $222

Donated by The James Salon
Oliver Thomas Tote, including a $150 gift card and Kevin Murphy products: Doo Over, Session Hair Spray, Angel Wash and Angel Rinse.
Value — $400

Donated by Julie A. Fox
Two tickets to Michigan State University vs. University of Maryland — November 30, start time TBD. Section 24/Row 33 at Spartan Stadium. Parking pass and ultimate tailgating cooler included.
Value — $200

Donated by Julie A. Fox
A night in and cooking for two — features T-fal pan set and $50 Downtown Market gift card.
Value — TBD

Donated by Meijer
Meijer Health and Wellness Basket featuring FITBIT watch, exercise ball and equipment, headband, towel, Meijer snacks and more.
Value — $350

Donated by Meijer
Meijer Family Movie Night Basket featuring Roku, DVDs, blanket, popcorn, movie candy and more.
Value — $350

Donated by Metal Art Studio
Sterling silver large oval post earrings.
Video of the earrings.
Value — $323

Donated by Metal Art Studio
Vermeil (gold over sterling silver) large oval post earrings.
Video of the earrings.
Value — $323

Donated by Nonna’s: The Trattoria and Barracks 616
Date night — dinner for four at Nonna’s, along with one-hour range time for two including 9mm box of ammo and eye and ear protection.
Value — $280

Donated by Northport Security
A professional electronic countermeasures examination of your residence (up to 5,000 square feet) or business (up to 10 offices and Board Room) for eavesdropping devices.
Value — $3,000

Donated by Notos Old World Italian Dining
Notos Special Chef’s Dinner for two in the Notos Dining Room. The executive chef team will prepare a special five-course authentic Italian menu for you and your guest.
Value — $250

Donated by Republic National Distributing Company
Queen of Hearts Wine Basket
Host a wine tasting worthy of royalty with four bottles of red wine and three bottles of brut, and stock your bar with premium maraschino cherries to top off your favorite cocktails.
Value — $100

Donated by Republic National Distributing Company
White Queen Wine Basket
Take a step through the looking glass with the White Queen’s favorite wines. This basket includes five bottles of white wine, two bottles of brut, and two bottles of Prosecco.
Value — $100

Donated by Republic National Distributing Company
Painted Roses Wine Basket
This wine basket is for those with an appreciation for both red and white, and includes two bottles of rosé, one bottle of red, one bottle of white, two bottles of brut, and one bottle of Prosecco.
Value — $100

Donated by Reserve Wine & Food
A dinner for two.
Value — $120

Donated by Stafford’s Hospitality
Enjoy a one-night stay at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge in Alanson, MI. Alanson offers endless family activities and is just minutes away from Harbor Springs, Petoskey and ski areas.
Value — $189

Donated by Tamara’s Cooking Classes, LLC.
Hands-on cooking class for eight people; menu choices are unlimited. For 20 years, Tamara’s Cooking Classes has taught hands-on classes in the Oak Lane Kitchen. In just one class you will get the tools and techniques to prepare several dishes. Classes are 2–3 hours, during which you will receive tips, techniques, recipes and a full meal.
Value — $1,000

Donated by Vintage to Vogue
“Wonderland Blue” hand-tied sea glass beads and baroque pearls enhanced with a vintage pewter drawer pull and blown glass sphere
Value — $258

Donated by Whitecaps Community Foundation
April/May Whitecaps Luxury Suite. Includes 25 tickets and four parking passes. Concessions not included.
Value — $900

Donated by John and Annie Zimmerman
Mad Cocktail Basket
Rabbit Hole Kentucky Straight Whiskey, Absolut Juice Apple Edition, Grande Absente and HPNOTIQ.
Value — $225

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Barbacoa street tacos — shredded beef, pickled jalapeño and red pepper, melted gruyère cheese, and cilantro crema


Sausage tortellini

House-made berry cake served with berry sauce

Butchers Union

Salmon crudo “Old Fashioned” — bourbon cured smoked salmon, caramelized orange, peach purée and brown butter crumble

BU meatballs — freshly ground local beef and pork, creamy polenta, stewed blistered tomato sauce, shaved parmesan and scallions


Smoked whitefish dip, and asiago and spinach dip, with an assortment of breads and fresh cut crudité


Wild mushroom risotto — portabella, cremini and oyster mushrooms, roasted butternut squash, zucchini and Parmigiano-Reggiano

Belgium chocolate flourless tarte with raspberry purée

Kitchen 67

Steak ‘n Bacon Bites — Tender sirloin hand sliced with melted bleu cheese sauce and applewood smoked bacon

Bird in Hand Chicken Sandwich — Voted #1 Sandwich in America to “Try Before You Die” by the Huffington Post — natural chicken breaded in Founders Red’s Rye batter and secret seasonings, heavy mayonnaise and crispy fresh chopped lettuce ribbons served on a buttery brioche bun


Lobster and shrimp cakes — Maine lobster, shrimp and fresh herbs with a house remoulade sauce

Smoked salmon canapes — cold smoked salmon with lemon, capers and dill

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Chocolate chocolate chip, white chocolate raspberry, red velvet, pumpkin spice and gluten free chocolate chip cookie

Reserve Wine & Food

Assorted tea sandwiches:

Egg salad

Ham and swiss

Turkey, cheddar and apple

Cucumber and fromage blanc

Country ham and pimento cheese

Slows Bar BQ

Pulled pork mac-n-cheese with sauces: Sweet BBQ, Apple BBQ, South Carolina Mustard, Spicy BBQ, North Carolina Hot

Sweetie-Licious Bakery

Cheshire Cake Bites

Queen of Hearts Linzer Tarts

Alice’s Almond Macaroonies (GF)


Lamb meatballs — S&S lamb, peperonata, harissa yogurt, pickled beet and raisin, spicy (GF)

The Chop House

Lobster Bisque

Mini Desserts

Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails

French Onion Boules — caramelized onions, gruyère, demi-glace, black truffle and basil

Apple Tartlets — streusel with crème anglaise

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

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October 24, 2019
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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