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2015 Winter Highlights of Hope

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WINTER 2015 VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE’S HIGHLIGHTSof HOPE “Behind the Mitten” Radio Program Gives Its Support to Hops for Hope “Behind the Mitten” became the latest media partner to embrace Purple Community’s Hops for Hope fundraiser. Hosts Amy Sherman and John Gonzales recently featured the program, in which breweries donate one dollar for each pint of “purple” beer purchased, while taping their weekly radio show at North Peak Brewing Company and at Sundance Grill locations. “It has been great to partner with Purple Community for their special Hops for Hope fundraiser this fall. It has to be the easiest and most fun way to raise money to fight cancer that I have ever seen! And custommade for John and me!” Sherman said enthusiastically. “All you have to do is drink beer all around the state, and one dollar from each pint goes to Van Andel Institute where 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to fighting cancer. So cool!” Thank you, “Behind the Mitten,” for spreading the word about Hops for Hope! Visit for more information about where to find a “purple” beer near you. John Gonzales, Mike Lloyd, Amy Sherman ABOUT “BEHIND THE MITTEN” “Behind the Mitten” is a podcast and radio show hosted by Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez. Devoted to beer, food and more, Sherman and Gonzalez discover the best restaurants and latest craft beer news across the state of Michigan. About Chef Amy Sherman Amy Sherman is also the host of the “Great American Brew Trail,” a television show that shares the ins and outs, ups and downs and amazing tastes of the American craft beer scene. Amy gets the inside story on some of America’s most popular breweries, one pint at a time. About John Gonzalez (Gonzo) John Gonzalez is a journalist, baseball coach, Believer, husband, “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol” fan and pop culture diehard. Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge— Pure Barre Grand Rapids’ second annual total body workout class on Grand Rapids' very own Blue Bridge was bigger and better than ever, with more than 120 participants and thousands of dollars raised. Proceeds from the event support cancer and Parkinson’s disease research at Van Andel Institute. Thank you to Kiersten Kemp of Pure Barre Grand Rapids and Jill Bromley of Lolë and their fabulous, flexible teams for their dedicated support. Pure Barre participants work out for a great cause Purple Gear for Holiday Cheer Want to give a great holiday gift that also gives back? Visit and shop Purple Community’s online store. Turn your closet purple with a variety of products, ranging from Contigo Kangaroo water bottles to cooling performance long-sleeve crews and stadium blankets. All profits from every sale go directly to biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute. Thank You! 10 | Van Andel Institute Highlights of Hope Van Andel Institute Highlights of Hope | 11

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