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25th Anniversary Highlights of Hope

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This is the 25th anniversary edition of Highlights of Hope, published in Fall 2021.

2000 Van Andel Institute

2000 Van Andel Institute for Research holds its first scientific symposium 2001 VAI holds first Hope on the Hill Gala This signature event celebrates those who have helped make big strides at the Institute: donors, the community, and the scientists and educators they support. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE | 25 YEARS 2001 Dr. Gordon Van Harn appointed director of Van Andel Institute for Education Dr. Van Harn joined Education’s Board of Trustees in 2000 and served with distinction as director from 2001 to 2009. Under his leadership, Education expanded its programs across new spectrums of learning, including graduate education in cellular and molecular biology. Van Harn passed away on April 3, 2018. 2003 VAI hosts its first cohort of undergraduate interns DR. GORDON VAN HARN JAY VAN ANDEL BETTY VAN ANDEL 2004 This year sees the passing of VAI Founders Jay and Betty Van Andel Founders Jay and Betty Van Andel left behind an impactful legacy for their family and for the city of Grand Rapids. Both Jay and Betty Van Andel were born in Grand Rapids, in 1924 and 1921, respectively, and attended Grand Rapids Christian High School, followed by Calvin College. Jay Van Andel went on to co-found Amway Corporation in 1959 along with childhood friend Richard DeVos, and Betty put her passion into her work as a teacher and her philanthropic efforts while unwaveringly supporting her husband’s work. Wed in 1952, the pair enjoyed more than 50 years of marriage. Through the Jay and Betty Van Andel Foundation, they contributed to the work of nonprofits, hospitals, schools and other worthwhile organizations, including VAI. Betty Van Andel passed away on Jan. 18, 2004, at age 82, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Jay Van Andel passed away later that year, on Dec. 7, 2004, at the age of 80. Their passing saddened the family and so many others, and they have been sorely missed. 14 In 2021, VAI boasted a 30-student cohort in the Summer Internship Program. 2004 The first external estate gift is received at VAI 2004 VAI hosts in Grand Rapids the annual meeting of the Association of Independent Research Institutes, of which it is a member AIRI is an association of independent, not-for-profit biomedical and behavioral research institutes whose mission is to enhance its members’ ability to improve human health and advance knowledge. 2000 – 2004

LIFE BY ARTIST DALE CHIHULY VAI FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS COUTURE FOR A CURE, 2006 2005 Chihuly unveils Life sculpture at VAI Following the passing of his wife and fellow VAI Co-Founder Betty Van Andel in 2004, Jay Van Andel commissioned worldrenowned artist Dale Chihuly to create a towering sculpture in Betty’s memory. The sculpture, titled Life, features 1,100 hand-blown glass spheres composed in a form which conjures the DNA double helix. The 14-foot, 1,200-pound work spirals down from the ceiling of the Institute’s lobby. It was installed and dedicated in October 2005 during the Celebration of Hope gala, and serves as a reminder of VAI’s mission to improve human health. Artwork © 2021 Chihuly Studio / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2005 Van Andel Institute Graduate School is founded and receives charter from the State of Michigan to confer master’s and Ph.D. degrees 2005 Education launches weekend science programs Student and teacher programming sits at the heart of Van Andel Institute for Education’s goal to inspire the next generation of problem-solvers. In 2005, VAI brought students’ loved ones into the fold with the launch of Out-of- School K–12 Science on Saturday programs, known today as Science on Saturday. The idea was simple: Instead of confining science education to weekdays, Science on Saturday opened up the weekends as a new world of possibility and familial involvement in the learning process. Each student brought a parent or guardian with them to the event, during which they worked together to solve fun, meaningful science problems. This teamwork added a powerful dimension to students’ experience with the program; adult participants learned a thing or two themselves and got to enjoy helping their bright, inquisitive students solve scientific problems in a laboratory setting. 2006 Carol Van Andel, executive director of the David and Carol Van Andel Family Foundation and wife of VAI Chairman and CEO David Van Andel, introduces the inaugural Couture for a Cure fashion presentation The dream of Carol Van Andel and Leigh’s founder Rebecca Wierda, Couture for a Cure showcases extraordinary fashion while raising support for the Institute’s research and education initiatives. The glamorous event was first held at Leigh’s when VAI was just a young organization, and is now held at the Institute. Each fall, guests are treated to exclusive looks from Leigh’s and the year’s featured designer. In 2006, the designers were Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, of the critically acclaimed Ruffian label. As the Institute’s stature has grown internationally, Couture has evolved from a small fundraiser into West Michigan’s top fashion event. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE | 25 YEARS 2005 Winterfest Celebration, one of VAI’s signature events, is held for the first time It is one of our most popular fundraising events, and throughout the life of the event, sponsors, donors and guests have helped raise more than .5 million in support of Parkinson’s research at the Institute. Up next: A look at VAI Events 2005 – 2006 15

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