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2018 Fall/Winter 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 sixth annual Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence dinner and awards presentation in April 2018. The annual event celebrates individuals and organizations who have demonstrated excellence and made significant contributions to Van Andel Institute’s mission through volunteer service and charitable commitment. During the 2018 event, Angel of Excellence Awards were presented to Duncan Lake Middle School, Jeffery Roberts, Therese Rowerdink, Susan Stafford and West Ottawa Purple Power. The event also welcomes new members of the Institute’s Leadership and Legacy Societies. Both societies honor individuals, businesses and organizations who have made significant contributions to the Institute’s biomedical research and science education programs. The Leadership Society recognizes those who have given more than ,000, and the Legacy Society is an honor bestowed to those who have given more than 0,000 cumulatively. • First National Bank of Michigan • Margaret Fondren • GVSU DIII Hockey Fights Cancer • Haworth, Inc. • Ted & Amy Heilman • Paul & Rosemary Heule • Independent Bank • James H. Bouwhuis Memorial Golf Outing • Blake & Mary Krueger • Mari J. Meyer Pancreatic Cancer Trail Run for Hope • Jack Nichols • Priority Health • Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge with Lolë • The Bank of Holland • Traverse City Hockey Fights Cancer Game TCW vs. TCC • Traverse City West Football • Alvin & Hylda Tuuk • Brian & Lori Vander Baan • Allen & Nancy VanderLaan • Jim & Jane Zwiers 2018 Legacy Society Inductees: • Bee Brave 5K • John & Judy Spoelhof Foundation • Lighthouse Group • Meijer • Neiman Marcus • Southside Ice Arena – Hockey Fights Cancer • Tempting Tables 2018 Leadership Society Inductees: • AT Media Studio • Patrick & Kristine Brady • Cisco Michigan Partner Community • Bill & Marilyn Crawford • Jeffrey & Mary Dixon • Eagles for Eric • Eileen DeVries Family Foundation (STARTING AT THE TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT) THERESE ROWERDINK, SUSAN STAFFORD & CAROL VAN ANDEL; RYAN GRAHAM; JEFFERY ROBERTS & CAROL VAN ANDEL; CAROL VAN ANDEL & MEMBERS OF WEST OTTAWA PURPLE POWER. 12 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

AROUND THE WORLD Around the World, a signature special event for the Institute’s JBoard Ambassadors, was held in June 2018. More than 250 JBoard members, Institute donors and special guests gathered together on a beautiful spring night atop the Medical Mile in Grand Rapids’ Crescent Park. The night featured global cuisine, craft cocktails and a variety of wines from around the world. This year’s Around the World event raised important funds for Van Andel Education Institute’s inquiry-based science education programs including lessons and field experiences for students as well as an innovation in education award for educators. Around the World is one of many JBoardsponsored special events that benefit the Institute’s biomedical research and science education programs. Since 2009, the JBoard has given young professionals a way to lend their time and talent to support the Institute’s mission. Interested in joining the Institute’s JBoard? Visit or contact Sarah Rollman at (STARTING AT THE TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT) AB; VAN ANDEL RESEARCH INSTITUTE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS; RACHEL MRAZ & CHAD BASSETT; KAITLYN DISSELKOEN SWAN; SARAH TUPPER, ABBIE BENTON, MOLLY CHELOVICH & KATHY TUPPER. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 13

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