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2015 Winter Highlights of Hope

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WINTER 2015 VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE’S HIGHLIGHTSof HOPE Golfing Fore A Very Good Cause Thanks to title sponsor Merrill Lynch, The Veldheer, Long, Mackay & Bernecker Group, the Eighth Annual Van Andel Institute Golf Outing was a sold-out success! More than 100 golfers teed off at the picturesque Wuskowhan Players Club and enjoyed excellent weather during play. Thanks also to host committee members Carol Van Andel, Tim Long, Dave and Beth VanPortfliet, and Brian and Lori Vander Baan for organizing such a wonderful day to raise funds for the Institute! Third Annual Building Hope A Night to Support Van Andel Institute Unlike prior years that highlighted new construction, this year’s Building Hope event offered an exclusive peek at one of the historically significant Wilcox estates. The 1920s Spanish Revival style home was extensively renovated so that old world splendor now meets modern convenience, and guests were invited to step back in time to enjoy a gorgeous autumn evening, strolling dinner and a live string quartet. Van Andel Research Institute’s Dr. Jeff MacKeigan discussed his team’s work on rare pediatric diseases, including the Institute's Pathway of Hope initiative, which focuses on tuberous sclerosis complex. The event was made possible by the vision and support of title sponsors Mike Schaap Builders and Jeffery Roberts Design. Supporting Dynamic Science Education—One Stitch at A Time Title sponsor Amway and the Leigh’s team presented the 10 th anniversary Couture for a Cure fashion show to benefit Van Andel Institute. Guests were invited to have their makeup done at the Amway Artistry Beauty Bar, sip champagne and have their photos taken in a photo booth. Designer Dan Sharp’s luxury outwear collection graced the runway, as did highlights from Leigh’s collection. Both VIP tickets and sponsor opportunities sold out, and the event had a massive crowd—no doubt in part due to those amazing swag bags for a great cause! 6 | Van Andel Institute Highlights of Hope Van Andel Institute Highlights of Hope | 7

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