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2021 Spring/Summer Highlights of Hope

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The 2021 Spring/Summer edition of Van Andel Institute's Highlights of Hope donor publication.

CONGRATULATIONS to David

CONGRATULATIONS to David & Carol Van Andel for their inclusion among the 2020 Grand Rapids Business Journal Grand Rapids 200 honorees. EVENTS Though numerous events at Van Andel Institute took on a different, virtual look in much of 2020, their impact did not waver. All proceeds from VAI events benefit biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education at the Institute, and help support our mission of unleashing innovations that will improve health and enhance lives for generations to come. Read on for more about the exceptional, enlightening and even dazzling events that brought together our community of supporters in Grand Rapids, West Michigan and beyond in support and celebration of our beloved Institute. CAROL & DAVID VAN ANDEL 16 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

Curiosity Hour The fun-loving spirit and science skills of the Van Andel Institute for Education team were brought into homes across West Michigan and beyond during August’s Curiosity Hour. Held virtually for the first time, the 2020 event featured creative science demonstrations that attendees could easily follow along with from the comfort of home — including microwave lightning, paper bridges, elephant toothpaste and dancing oobleck. The fun culminated with an edible science experiment featuring a makeyour-own pizza — ingredients courtesy of Grand Rapids’ own Amore Trattoria Italiana. uriosity A COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE AT VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION Special thanks to the Title Sponsor: Crystal Flash. (STARTING FROM THE TOP, GOING DOWN) INGREDIENTS FOR A FUN, EDIBLE EXPERIMENT — PIZZA!; THE HAZLEWOOD KIDS PREP THEIR PIZZAS FOR THE OVEN VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 17

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