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2016 Fall/Winter Highlights of Hope

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EVENTS VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE GOLF OUTING 2016 Van Andel Institute’s ninth annual Golf Outing brought dozens of donors and friends of the Institute together for a day of golf, philanthropy and hope. Special guest Tim Tebow toured the Institute on the day of the event and had the opportunity to visit with David and Carol Van Andel, as well as Associate Director of Research Dr. Patrik Brundin. During the event, Tebow spoke powerfully about his personal faith, and his interest in Parkinson’s disease research. “It was extremely inspiring to visit the Institute, meet David and Carol Van Andel and Dr. Brundin, and learn about the Institute’s innovative approaches to Parkinson’s research,” Tebow said. “It’s always a good feeling to support people who are trying to make the world a better, more hopeful place.” Sponsorships for the Golf Outing were at an all-time high, led by Merrill Lynch, which has served as the event’s Title Sponsor for seven years. “The Institute’s mission is very important to Merrill Lynch,” said Tim Long, managing director and global institutional consultant for Merrill Lynch, and VAI Board of Governors co-chair. "We are proud to be a part of the Institute's effort to fight cancer, Parkinson's and other diseases." Next year’s Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive, Michigan. This annual event sells out every year, but you can reserve your foursome or sponsorship now by contacting Sarah Rollman at sarah.rollman@vai.org. “It was extremely inspiring to visit the Institute, meet David and Carol Van Andel and Dr. Brundin, and learn about the Institute’s innovative approaches to Parkinson’s research. It’s always a good feeling to support people who are trying to make the world a better, more hopeful place.” - Tim Tebow THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTIVE SPONSORS TITLE SPONSOR The Veldheer, Long, Mackay & Bernecker Group of Merrill Lynch DINNER SPONSOR Lighthouse Insurance Group RECEPTION SPONSOR US BANK LUNCH SPONSORS Dan & Lou Ann Gaydou John & Nancy Kennedy GOLF CART SPONSORS Belwith Products Eileen DeVries Family Foundation Grand Rapids Christian Schools Priority Health Rowerdink Inc. The Sharpe Collection Thomas & Mary Stuit Townsquare Media Dave & Beth Van Portfliet Brian & Lori Vander Baan Wells Fargo Bank PRIZE SPONSOR Steve & Kathryn Bandstra CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR Standard Lumber (TOP) DR. PATRIK BRUNDIN, TIM TEBOW, CAROL AND DAVID VAN ANDEL; (BOTTOM) TIM LONG, TIMOTHY MYERS, STEVE SPOELHOF AND PHIL VOGELSANG. (LEFT) ALEX MCNAMARA AND TIM TEBOW. TEE SPONSORS Berends, Hendricks & Stuit Insurance Agency Crystal Clean Auto Detailing Foot & Ankle Specialists Life EMS Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 10 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

(LEFT) RACE DIRECTOR PAT RINGNALDA AND FRIENDS AT THE 5K. THE 2016 BEE BRAVE 5K Hundreds of West Michigan runners and walkers laced up their shoes and brought incredible energy to the ninth annual Bee Brave 5K on Oct. 8. As always, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event go directly to the labs at Van Andel Institute (VAI) to support breast cancer research. “The Bee Brave 5K has supported the fight against breast cancer since its inception, and has not only been an incredible financial success, but has formed an unshakable sense of community among participants,” said Ringnalda. “I found this same powerful sense of togetherness at a Purple Community event last year and felt compelled to translate the funds raised into local dollars that benefit breast cancer research at Van Andel Institute, right here in West Michigan.” A celebration of brave women and families affected by cancer, the Bee Brave 5K included music, door prizes, an award ceremony—and most importantly, a sense of comradery that comes from sharing an important goal. This annual event is a memorable event that serves as a source of strength for participants long after race day. RUNNERS AT THE NINTH ANNUAL BEE BRAVE 5K. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 11

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