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2007 Annual Report

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Celebration of Hope Over

Celebration of Hope Over seven years, Van Andel Institute’s annual gala event, Celebration of Hope, has been the venue for several significant unveilings and announcements, starting with the VAI grand opening at the first event in 2000. In 2001, VAI Chairman and CEO David Van Andel announced that the facility’s grand hall would be named the “Cook-Hauenstein Hall” in honor of founding trustees Peter C. Cook and Ralph W. Hauenstein. VAI dedicated “Life,” a 14-foot, glass sculpture created by world-famous artist Dale Chihuly, in 2005. Commissioned by VAI founder Jay Van Andel to memorialize his wife and cofounder, Betty Van Andel, the work still spirals from the ceiling of the VAI lobby, reminiscent of the DNA double helix. In 2006, David Van Andel unveiled a plaque to hang in the Institute honoring Dr. Christian Helmus, a physician and member of the Van Andel Research Institute Board of Trustees who died in 2006 after a long battle with liver cancer. At the most recent Celebration of Hope in 2007, Dr. Randy Hillard, associate provost for Human Health Affairs at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, announced the creation of the David Van Andel Life Sciences Achievement Award. The award will be bestowed annually upon a scientist or clinician who has made significant discoveries in translational research, an entrepreneur who makes significant progress in commercializing a life science discovery, an advocate for life sciences research and commercialization, or a philanthropist whose contributions have enhanced translational medicine or life sciences research. < Top: Guests at the 2007 Celebration of Hope, Bottom left: Emmy awardwinning comedian Dennis Miller entertains guests in 2006, Bottom right: Dale Chihuly’s “Life” was unveiled at the 2005 Celebration of Hope Van Andel Institute

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