Hope on the Hill Gala

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Hope on the Hill Gala

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 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, imaginative, cocktail chic attire is suggested.

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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)

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
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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