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June 2022

Around the World

June 3 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 10:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Join Van Andel Institute’s JBoard Ambassadors on June 3 for the 11th annual Around the World — Grand Rapids’ official kickoff to summer! Enjoy a fantastic tasting menu, featuring selections from artisan wineries and some of Michigan’s best craft beer purveyors, while sampling globally influenced small plates and appetizers. AB will provide live entertainment throughout the evening, and 100% of proceeds exclusively benefit Van Andel Institute for Education’s K–12 education programs. If you’re ready to kick off the summer season while networking…

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Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute

June 16 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute Have you ever wanted an insider look at what happens at VAI? Please join us for Behind the Scenes at Van Andel Institute to get an exclusive look. As a loyal supporter of VAI, you are invited to this special opportunity, featuring a compliementary lunch and a walking tour of VAI’s world-class facilities, led by VAI Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Sam Pinto. This event is invitation only. Complimentary valet at the…

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Design & Discovery

June 23 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 10:00 pm EDT
Haworth, 1 Haworth Center
Holland, MI 49423 United States

Join Haworth and Van Andel Institute on June 23 for Design & Discovery. Merging the inspiration of modernist furniture design with the elegant shapes and colors of contemporary fashion, Design & Discovery will excite your imagination and showcase the power of the creative spirit. This exclusive event will take place at the legendary Haworth headquarters and showroom in Holland, Michigan, and will feature a runway show by Leigh’s in the atrium, hors d’oeuvres, artisan cocktails and complimentary swag bags. Guests will be treated…

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July 2022

Jboard Member Mixer

July 27 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT
333 Lakeside Drive, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Make the most of the summer season while you connect with Grand Rapids’ top young professionals at Van Andel Institute’s JBoard Member Mixer! We invite you and a guest to indulge in delicious food and fun seasonal cocktails in the company of fellow JBoard Ambassadors and VAI scientists and educators. A few VAI postdoctoral fellows will also be there to mix and mingle, and to share their experiences and insights into the Institute’s current work. As this event will take…

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August 2022

Curiosity Hour: Fairy Tales Gone STEM

August 10 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Think fairy tales have nothing to do with science, technology, engineering and math? Think again! Join us for Curiosity Hour where you and your family immerse yourselves in the fairy tales and curiosity alike. Come use your coding skills to program a rescue robot to locate and then guide a lost character to safety; design a rocket capable of landing in a world far, far away; and meet and greet our special characters such as Cleopatra the bearded dragon, Garrus…

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September 2022

2022 VAI Golf Outing

September 12 @ 10:00 am EDT
Wuskowhan Players Club, 16111 Blair St
West Olive, MI 49460 United States

Unfortunately, the Van Andel Institute Golf Outing for 2022 is now sold out. We still have tee sponsorships available if you would like to participate but these don’t include a foursome of golf for the day. Please join us Monday, September 12, for Van Andel Institute’s 15th annual golf outing. Held at the splendid Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive, Michigan, this year’s event will feature a scramble tournament, lunch, dinner and brief award presentation. Proceeds benefit biomedical research and…

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October 2022

Couture for a Cure

October 13 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 11:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Carol Van Andel, Rebecca Wierda and Kelli Templeton invite you to join them for the 17th annual Couture for a Cure — an evening full of fashion, fun and philanthropy in support of Van Andel Institute’s mission! This year’s intimate event will feature a one-of-a-kind runway fashion presentation by Leigh’s along with a special look at the Fall 2022 collection from world-renowned Italian fashion brand Max Mara. Founded in 1951 by the late visionary Achille Maramotti and recognized today for…

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Hope on the Hill and the Chocolate Factory

October 27 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 11:00 pm EDT
Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Join Van Andel Institute for the 22nd annual Hope on the Hill Gala, and help us find the golden ticket against Parkinson’s, cancer and more of the most elusive diseases threatening human health today. Hope on the Hill and the Chocolate Factory will be a sweet celebration of the heroes who, year after year, help make great strides at the Institute: our donors, our community, and the scientists and educators they support. This whimsical evening will feature a seated dinner…

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