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2018 Spring/Summer Highlights of Hope

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EVENTS 12 TH ANNUAL

EVENTS 12 TH ANNUAL COUTURE FOR A CURE More than 600 people celebrated the creative energy of fashion and purposeful philanthropy at Van Andel Institute’s (VAI) 12 th annual Couture for a Cure. The event, presented by Leigh’s and title sponsor Amway, put guests right next to the runway and directly supported the Institute’s pediatric cancer research. The event was conceived by Carol Van Andel and Rebecca Wierda, owner of Leigh’s, as a way to leverage the duo’s passion for fashion in order to benefit the Institute’s important mission. Couture for a Cure has continued to establish itself as West Michigan’s premier fashion event— attracting some the world’s most creative fashion designers. In October 2017, Los Angeles-based fashion duo Creatures of the Wind highlighted their Fall 2017 collection, featuring bohemian-chic designs and playful sensibilities. Leigh’s also showcased new trends in women’s fashion, rounding out a night of splendor and impactful fundraising. “One might wonder what fashion and science have to do with one another, but it’s not a stretch to see the parallels. Both rely on inspiration, hard work and a contagious creative energy. Both invest in the power of the human heart and hand,” Carol Van Andel said. MODELS ON THE RUNWAY 8 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

(STARTING AT THE TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT) CAROL VAN ANDEL SPEAKING; REBECCA WIERDA, SHANE GABIER & CAROL VAN ANDEL; VIOLINIST RITSU KATSUMATA. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 9

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