Winterfest Celebration

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Winterfest Celebration

February 17 @ 6:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST

Join us for Van Andel Institute’s 17th annual Winterfest Celebration at Cascade Hills Country Club on Thursday, February 17 — an evening full of culinary creations, delectable drinks and exceptional entertainment, all in support of VAI’s groundbreaking Parkinson’s disease research.

Guests will be treated to a seated dinner and will have the chance to bid on amazing silent auction packages. All proceeds from Winterfest — one of the Institute’s most popular fundraising events — directly benefit Parkinson’s research at the Institute.

Thanks to your continued support, VAI scientists, along with national and international organizations and collaborators, can continue making discoveries that may lead to new ways to diagnose and treat this devastating disease.

Smart casual attire is suggested. Complimentary valet parking will be available at both club entrances.

Registration for the event will close on February 7 at 5 p.m.

Registration Sponsorship

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. Vaccination cards and photo IDs will be required for entry and checked at the door upon your arrival. For this year’s event, we are allowing only vaccinated guests to attend VAI events. Unfortunately, this does not include exceptions for antibodies tests or negative tests.

Masks will be required throughout the event and may only be removed when eating or drinking. We will provide a virtual option for those who can’t or don’t wish to attend in person. Our top priority is keeping our research and education initiatives going strong, and we appreciate your support in these efforts.



Event Committee


6–6:30 p.m.

Event begins

Entertainment for guest arrival

Guests escorted to their tables

6:30 p.m.

Seated dinner begins

7–7:45 p.m.

Evening Program begins

Welcome remarks by George Sharpe Jr.

George Sharpe Jr. introduces David Van Andel, Chairman and CEO, Van Andel Institute

Remarks by David Van Andel

Van Andel Institute research update

Video presentation

Paddle Raise

Closing remarks by George Sharpe Jr.

7:45–8:30 p.m.

Guests enjoy dessert, cocktails and live entertainment

9 p.m.

Event ends

House salad

Filet mignon and chicken grille duo plate

Five-ounce chargrilled filet mignon with button mushrooms and red wine demi-glace
Four-ounce garlic herb rubbed chicken breast, vegetable wild rice pilaf and steamed asparagus

Portobello mushroom risotto (Vegan Option)

Chargrilled balsamic marinated portobello mushroom cap, parmesan risotto, heirloom tomato confit, spinach, pickled shallot and basil pesto


Coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate

Passed hors d’oeuvres

Hummus parmesan cup
Bacon wrapped water chestnut
Crab stuffed mushrooms

Event Chairs

George & Missy Sharpe

Event Committee

Rob & Dawn Arnoys

Robert & Katie Barcelona

Sally Murdock

Ron Rutkowski

Geoff & LeeAnne Widlak

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

Title Sponsor

Crystal Sponsors

Snowflake Sponsors

Winter Sponsors


February 17
6:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST
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Cascade Hills Country Club
3725 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 United States