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2021 Annual Report

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This is the 2021 Annual Report for Van Andel Institute.

The Howard Miller

The Howard Miller Company: Community support with global impact When the Miller family learned that Jay and Betty Van Andel planned to establish a biomedical research and science education facility in Grand Rapids, they immediately saw the potential for it to have a global impact on human health. “My father, Jack H. Miller, knew and respected Jay and Betty,” recalled Howard “Buzz” Miller, chairman and CEO of the Zeeland-based Howard Miller Company, which specializes in heirloom clocks, cabinets and a variety of furnishings. “He believed in their vision for Van Andel Institute, and our company quickly re-directed our philanthropic donations from an out-of-state research facility to the Institute.” Twenty-five years later, the Howard Miller Company and the Miller family continue to be among VAI’s most ardent supporters. Their annual gifts help the Institute fulfill its mission of enhancing the lives of current and future generations through inspired science education and innovative research programs into diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. (ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT) JACK H. MILLER & HOWARD “BUZZ” MILLER “Part of our company’s legacy is how we share our resources with others. We’re both humbled and proud to help Van Andel Institute continue to make its mark on our world.” Howard “Buzz” Miller Howard Miller Company’s values are deeply aligned with VAI’s. Both share a passion for community, so it was a natural fit for the company to support publicfacing events that help community members learn more about the work happening in VAI’s labs and classrooms. “Not every research facility opens its doors and allows audiences to get up-close and personal with its scientists and educators,” Miller said, noting that this chance to learn first-hand about VAI’s work allows people to learn and grow personally, and brings a layer of transparency to the research process. 46

PHILANTHROPY “I know my father is gratified to see the progress made not only at VAI, but also along the entire Medical Mile,” Miller said. “Grand Rapids has a great deal to be proud of, and the Institute’s research has far-reaching, global impact. For those of us who are always seeking ways to make a change, that’s the best of both worlds — to make a difference in West Michigan, and at the same time, to create dynamic changes across the world in the battle against disease.” Pillars of the community, the Howard Miller Company and the Miller family have a long history of giving back. We are grateful they have been at our side over the last quarter-century, helping us transform lives through discovery and provide hope for a healthier future. 47

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