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July 2021

JBoard Member Mixer

July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mraz Residence, 333 Lakeside Drive
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

Enjoy the summer season and connect with Grand Rapids’ top young professionals at Van Andel Institute’s JBoard Member Mixer! We invite you and a guest to indulge in delectable food and fun summer cocktails in the company of fellow JBoard Ambassadors and VAI scientists and educators. As this event will take place outdoors on the lawn, summer chic attire and comfortable shoes are suggested. Please note, this event is invitation only.  Registration Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more…

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August 2021

Curiosity Hour

August 19 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Van Andel Institute for Education, 216 N Division Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Van Andel Institute for Education welcomes you! Who doesn’t love a good science experiment? Join us for Curiosity Hour, where Van Andel Institute for Education will host an event full of science demonstrations that are fun to watch and can be recreated on your own at home. Our team’s fun-loving spirit and mad science skills will make for an evening to remember. VAI is continuing to monitor applicable health and safety guidelines and will update the event format if necessary.…

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September 2021

2021 VAI Golf Outing

September 13
Wuskowhan Players Club, 16111 Blair St
West Olive, MI 49460 United States

Please join us Monday, September 13, for Van Andel Institute’s 14th annual golf outing. Held at the majestic Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive, Michigan, this year’s event will feature a scramble tournament, lunch, dinner and brief award presentation. The structure of the day also will take into account applicable health and safety guidelines. Proceeds benefit biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education at VAI. VAI is continuing to monitor applicable health and safety guidelines and will update the event…

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October 2021

Couture for a Cure

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Carol Van Andel, Rebecca Wierda and Candace Matthews invite you to join them for the 16th annual Couture for a Cure — an evening full of fashion, fun and philanthropy in support of Van Andel Institute’s mission! This intimate event will feature a one-of-a-kind runway fashion presentation by Leigh’s along with a special look at the Fall 2021 collection of designer Veronica Beard. Guests will be treated to a special virtual appearance by Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard,…

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Hope on the Hill Gala

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

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,…

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November 2021

A Conversation about Pancreatic Cancer hosted by Carol Van Andel

November 10 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Despite incredible advances in cancer detection and treatment, pancreatic cancer continues to pose a particular challenge to physicians and patients because it often doesn’t have obvious early symptoms. By the time the disease is found, it is typically quite advanced, complicating treatment and leading to poorer patient outcomes. Thanks to new breakthroughs, there is hope. Join us for A Conversation About Pancreatic Cancer — Hosted by Carol Van Andel, an event that will highlight the latest advances in pancreatic cancer…

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Gaming for Hope

November 13 - November 14

Gaming for Hope is a 24-hour gaming marathon that will be held virtually, beginning at 10 a.m. November 13 to November 14, 2021. All proceeds from the event will support Van Andel Institute’s biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education programs. Gaming for Hope will include: A Streaming Marathon Tournaments: FIFA 21 on PlayStation 4 (Single Player), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) Featured streamers: Several streamers will be featured throughout the event…

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