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2015 Fall Highlights of Hope

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FALL 2015 VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE’S HIGHLIGHTSof HOPE Breweries Stand Together to Battle Cancer and Parkinson’s Craft breweries are partnering with Van Andel Institute’s (VAI) Purple Community this fall during Hops for Hope to raise funds for cancer and Parkinson’s disease research. When patrons at participating breweries order a “purple” beer, the brewery will donate a portion of proceeds to the Institute. The sale of special edition Hops for Hope growlers also supports the cause. Giving Back “It’s good to give back to the community,” said Bob Bonga, owner of the family-owned and operated Jaden James Brewery in Kentwood, Michigan. “I watched my wife’s mother go through Parkinson’s. It’s a long, hard fight, and it affects quite a few people in many ways.” All proceeds raised at the Jaden James Brewery during Hops for Hope will support Parkinson’s disease Atwater Brewery and Applebee’s in Holland, Michigan, recently teamed up to support cancer research at VAI through the Purple Community Hops for Hope initiative. Leading up to the event, Applebee’s employees had a friendly competition to see who could raise the most money through donations from patrons and a car wash. “Our employees had a blast participating, knowing they helped a great cause,” Applebee’s bar manager Corina Nelson said. research at VAI in honor of Bonga’s mother-in-law. Justin Ewald, Purple Community associate and Hops for Hope event organizer, is overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and generosity the program is receiving from craft breweries in Michigan. “It’s amazing to see people who are passionate about their craft coming together to support research into cancer and diseases such as Parkinson’s,” Ewald said. “We are incredibly grateful for all of the support this program has received." It’s Personal Joe Rudnick, co-owner of Tapistry Brewing, decided to participate for a second year in Hops for Hope because for him, the fight against cancer is personal. Rudnick lost his father to a cancerous brain tumor. During the event held on July 9, Applebee’s donated 20 percent of all food and nonalcoholic beverage sales to Van Andel Institute. That evening, Atwater Brewery, founded in Detroit in 1997, took over Applebee's beer taps and unveiled a new craft beer brewed especially for the event. The event marks the beginning of a fruitful partnership between the Institute and a beloved Detroit business. “We love giving back to great organizations such as “It’s good to give back to the community. I watched my wife’s mother go through Parkinson’s. It’s a long, hard fight, and it affects quite a few people in many ways.” Bob Bonga “My father was 59; he had just retired and he jogged five miles per day. This cause is close to my heart for obvious reasons,” said Rudnick. “If there’s a silver lining in all of this it would be to educate others.” Businesses or individuals interested in participating in Hops for Hope can send inquiries to justin.ewald@vai.org. APPLEBEE’S AND ATWATER BREWING GET THEIR PURPLE ON! Van Andel Institute, and this is just the beginning of our relationship with them,” Atwater Brewery owner Mark Reith said. “The team had a great time coming up with our specialty crafted beer for this event.” Thank you to the teams at Atwater Brewing and Applebee’s Holland for such a memorable event! Thank YOU for Your Generosity! Leadership & Legacy, Van Andel Institute’s donor appreciation reception, took place June 9 at the Institute. The event marked its four-year anniversary, recognizing 35 new inductees to the Leadership Society and five inductees to the Legacy Society. Donors in the Leadership Society have given ,000 or more, while donors in the Legacy Society have given 0,000 or more cumulatively. Of the five Legacy Society inductees, two were moving from the Leadership Society and three were new to the society. Among the Leadership Society recipients were the KiMe Fund, a Tennessee foundation that supports innovative Parkinson’s disease research; iHeart Media, specifically B-93 FM’s Country Kicks Cancer event; and Neiman Marcus for their Art of Fashion and Research partnership. These three companies, among many other companies and individuals, are providing Van Andel Institute with vital partnerships that help increase the impact of the Institute’s mission. Find Out How You Can Get Involved! Reach out to a Van Andel Institute Development representative today to help support dynamic biomedical research and science education initiatives. Your partnership ensures that Van Andel Institute will continue to discover new ways of diagnosing and treating cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, and educating the scientific leaders of tomorrow. Call 616-234-5030 for information on how your generosity can make a difference. LEGACY 0,000+ • Blanche E. Ash Trust • Chuck and Christine Boelkins • Foundation for Advanced Cancer Studies LEADERSHIP ,000+ • B-93 FM - iHeart Media • Biogen Idec • Charles and Pamela Brickey In memory of Shane Brickey • Wayne and Theresa Brown • Patrik and Lena Brundin • Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church • Kelley Cawthorne • CityFlatsHotel • The Color Run • Covenant Christian High School • Czech Asset Management, L.P. • Detroit Red Wings • Jack and Mary DeWitt • Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Foundation • Ellis Parking Company • Dr. James and Gail Fahner • Hannapel Orthodontics Deanna Hatmaker, Tim Feagan, Carol Van Andel, David Van Andel, Lindsey Machacek Barile • Bea A. Idema • The Stephen M. Coffman Charitable Trust • Ilitch Charities • KiMe Fund • Michelle Lunn Hope Foundation • McDonnell Investment Management, LLC • Medtronic Inc. • Mika Meyers, PLC • Miles for Memories - Calhoun County • Louis H. & Nancy A. Moran II • Neiman Marcus • Regal Financial Group, LLC • Sanders Foundation • six.one.six • Teva Pharmaceuticals • U.S. Bank • Donna Van Haren • VWR Charitable Foundation • Western Collegiate Hockey Association • Women’s Lifestyle Magazine 6 | Van Andel Institute Highlights of Hope Van Andel Institute Highlights of Hope | 7

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