Hope on the Hill Gala


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Hope on the Hill Gala

October 28 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join Van Andel Institute for the 21st annual Hope on the Hill Gala — Mission: Made Possible, and get ready to jump into action against Parkinson’s, cancer and more of the most elusive diseases threatening human health today. It is an especially exciting year for us, as we celebrate our beloved Institute’s 25th anniversary.

Enjoy an air of mystery, black tie attire, and plenty of surprises around every corner. It will be a well-deserved celebration of the often-unsung heroes who, for the past 25 years, have helped make great strides at the Institute: our donors, our community, and the scientists and educators they support.

This excitement-filled evening will feature delectable cuisine, artisan cocktails, live entertainment, and more! All proceeds benefit biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education programs at the Institute.

VAI is continuing to monitor applicable health and safety guidelines and will update the event format if necessary. Any changes will be noted here.

Please note: Proof of vaccination will be required for those wishing to attend this event in person. Masks also will be required throughout the event and may only be removed when eating or drinking.

For those who cannot or do not wish to attend in person, a virtual livestream of the event will be offered.

More information about providing proof of vaccination will be sent closer to the event date. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Portrait of Svet.Svet

Svet is one of a kind talent who has been featured on the biggest show on the planet, America’s Got Talent! As an internationally recognized Electro Violinist, Svet, merges his talent on the violin along the musical styles of today! “You’re that good of a violin player, I dare to say the best I’ve heard!” – Howard Stern Svet was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 29. He believes that music saved his life and he dedicates his work to adults and children who are fighting the disease. Bio: Born and raised in Bulgaria, Svet has played the violin since the age of 3 and constantly evolving within his talent. Coming to America, Svet was exposed to new styles of music such as hip hop and dance. He was immediately drawn to breakdancing and Salsa where he excelled as a performer. After graduating from The University of Rochester, Svet began merging his skills on the violin with the sounds of today and magic was born. Performing and transforming himself into the song, Svet is unique that he not only plays the violin, but he adds a third dimension, dance! Svet has performed with superstars such as Jamie Fox, Kanye West, Shaquille O Neil and Jay Z while also constantly touring, visiting Children’s Hospitals and performing for the kids. Svet is a cancer survivor. In 2016 he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain tumor which is more common in children and only about one in two million adults such as Svet. Surgeons had no choice, but perform a 4 hour brain surgery on him to save his life. After the surgery, Svet woke up eager to get back on his feet and the next day, he went out front of Strong Memorial Hospital and played “Let it be” by The Beatles. His video went viral and touched the hearts of millions, once ABC World News made a story on his perseverance.

Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.

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October 28
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States