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2015 Fall Highlights of Hope

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FALL 2015 VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE’S HIGHLIGHTSof HOPE VAI Takes Its Mission to the National Stage Men’s Health the Focus at First Annual Get in the Game Event Men’s health was the focus of Van Andel Institute’s Get in the Game event held July 15. Guests joined men’s health experts at the Institute for an evening of inspiration, information and hope. Van Andel Research Institute scientists Drs. Cindy Miranti and Xiahong Li were among a group of presenters who discussed prostate cancer research and men’s health topics. The audience also had the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with a panel of experts from VARI, Spectrum Health Medical Group and the Born Preventive Health Care Clinic. Current Washington Redskins and former MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins delivered the evening’s keynote address. Get in the Game was made possible thanks to generous sponsors including Doug Meijer, the Battershall Family, Berger Chevrolet and the Hilton Family. Keynote speaker Kirk Cousins Van Andel Institute National Initiative (VAINI) events continue to take the Institute’s message of hope to new and vibrant audiences around the country. Thanks to lifestyle publication giant Modern Luxury and the generous support of hosts in each city, the Institute held a number of successful events. Guests had the opportunity to learn about the innovative biomedical research and science education initiatives taking place at the Institute. The events also gave VAI scientists and education experts the chance to network with leaders in business, philanthropy and the arts. A very special thank you to: Dallas: Derek and West Michigan native Lena Alley; Blake and Tom Stephenson Chicago: John Carroll, president of the Eastern Division and group publisher of Modern Luxury Los Angeles: Chris Gialanella, group publisher of Angeleno; Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, philanthropists and art patrons Aspen: Alan Klein, publisher of Aspen Magazine; Nathaniel and Sheila Crosby, Lloyd and Susan Miller. If you’re interested in hosting or attending a VAINI event in your city, contact Sarah Murphy Lamb at Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Grassroots Fundraising Gets Creative at Tempting Tables When is a table setting more than the sum of its parts? When the table setting is part of the biennial Tempting Tables event! First organized in 1996, Tempting Tables is a grassroots, creative table setting event that raises funds to support breast cancer research. The event features elegantly decorated and concept tablescapes and collections, each with a unique theme and presentation. Tempting Tables is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who are passionate about fighting breast cancer. The organizers of the event are especially interested in the impact biomedical research can have on breast cancer therapies, and in 2013 Van Andel Research Institute’s Dr. Carrie Graveel addressed the event’s organizers. Over the past five years, Tempting Tables has contributed more than ,000 to Dr. Graveel’s research into novel therapies for breast cancer. The 2015 Tempting Tables event takes place Oct. 14-18 at the Holiday Inn in Muskegon, Michigan. There is a high tea luncheon, patron preview and seminar scheduled for Oct. 14, and viewing hours are available on the Tempting Tables website. Are You Interested in Supporting Tempting Tables? If you’re interested in volunteering, sponsoring or participating in this year’s Tempting Tables event, visit for more information. 10 | Van Andel Institute Highlights of Hope Van Andel Institute Highlights of Hope | 11

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