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2017 Fall Highlights of Hope

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EVENTS CAROL VAN ANDEL ANGEL OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS Van Andel Institute (VAI) honored donors and volunteers at the fifth annual Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Dinner and Award Presentation on April 27, 2017. Held every spring, the event celebrates individuals and organizations who have demonstrated excellence and made significant contributions to Van Andel Institute’s mission through volunteer service and commitment. This year, awards were presented to Susan Jandernoa, Timothy Long, Mike and Sue Lunn, Peter and Joan Secchia and John Zimmerman. Susan Jandernoa serves as a member of the Hope on the Hill Gala planning committee and has helped make this special event one of the most popular fundraisers in West Michigan. Timothy Long serves as co-chair for the Institute’s Board of Governors and is a dedicated Institute advocate. Mike and Suzanne Lunn founded the annual Michelle Lunn Golf Outing in honor of their daughter Michelle, and proceeds from the outing benefit research at VAI. Grand Rapids-based business leaders and philanthropists Peter and Joan Secchia are two of the Institute’s most passionate supporters. John Zimmerman serves as the liaison between VAI and Fifth Third Bank, a relationship that has included 16 years of sponsorship for the Hope on the Hill Gala. The event also welcomed new members of the Institute’s Leadership & Legacy Societies, who were inducted during the awards ceremony. The Leadership & Legacy Societies honor individuals, schools, organizations and businesses who have contributed significantly to benefit the Institute’s biomedical research and science education programs. The Leadership Society recognizes those who have raised more than ,000 cumulatively, and the Legacy Society is an honor given to those who have raised more than 0,000 cumulatively. 2017 Legacy Society Bluewater Technologies Duncan Lake Middle School Rottman Family Charitable Foundation West Ottawa Purple Power 2017 Leadership Society BD's BBQ Bee Brave 5K RunWalk The Campbell Family Mathew & Jennifer Fahrenkrug Gazelle Sports Dan & Magee Gordon Paul & Sheryl Haverkate Stephen Klotz McAlvey Merchant & Associates Jack H. Miller Modern Day Floral Mike & Rachel Mraz Tim & Denise Myers NVINT Tom & Brenda Rinks Serendipity Media, LLC George & Missy Sharpe Dr. Liam R. Sullivan & Linda Zarzecki Taconic Charitable Foundation The Crown Jewel Spa & Salon Todd Wenzel Automotive David & Beth Van Portfliet Williams Kitchen & Bath Eric & Shawna Xu (TOP, DOWN, LEFT TO RIGHT) DAVID AND CAROL VAN ANDEL AND ANGEL OF EXCELLENCE AWARDEES TIM LONG, PETER AND JOAN SECCHIA, SUSAN JANDERNOA, MIKE AND SUE LUNN AND JOHN ZIMMERMAN. 12 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

BOARD OF GOVERNORS DINNER The annual Board of Governors (BOG) Dinner brought together members of the BOG, JBoard Ambassadors and Van Andel Institute’s leadership on May 9, 2017. Chairman and CEO David Van Andel, Van Andel Research Institute’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Peter Jones, Associate Director of Research, Dr. Patrik Brundin and Van Andel Education Institute’s Director and Education Officer, Terra Tarango highlighted recent accomplishments and outlined the Institute’s strategic vision for the future. The Board of Governors and JBoard include the Institute’s most dedicated and passionate supporters. Their efforts on behalf of the Institute are an undeniable source of support, and their leadership continues to help shape the Institute’s path forward into the future. For more information about the Board of Governors, contact Patrick Plackowski at 616.234.5030. (TOP, DOWN, LEFT TO RIGHT) DAVID VAN ANDEL SPEAKING; BOG DINNER GUESTS; TERRA TARANGO SPEAKING; CHRIS BARTNIK, PAT RINGNALDA, AMY VERVARAS AND JEFRA GROENDYK. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 13

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