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2022 Spring/Summer Highlights of Hope

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This is the 2022 Spring/Summer edition of Van Andel Institute's Highlights of Hope donor publication.


EVENTS Hope on the Hill Gala As the culminating event of our 25th anniversary, the 21st annual Hope on the Hill Gala marked a quarter century of progress at the Institute with a night of glamour, mystery and support of VAI’s mission. Guests broke out their best black-tie attire to celebrate those who, for the past 25 years, have helped make great strides at the Institute: our donors, our community, and the scientists and educators they support. The event included a seated dinner of delectable cuisine and artisan cocktails, live entertainment from AB and world-class electroviolinist Svet, and presentations from Institute leaders on VAI’s history, breakthroughs and dreams for the future. Thank you to our Title Sponsor, Fifth Third Private Bank. 20 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

Thank you to all donors and guests who supported us through our virtual events in 2021, including: • VAI Forum on Depression & Inflammation • Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Virtual Dinner & Award Presentation • Grand Rapids Griffins VAI Purple Community Game • Board of Governors Annual Dinner • Around the World • VAI Public Lecture Series • Virtual Coffee Connection Events While we wish we could have seen more of you in person in 2021, we are so happy you were able to join us in some capacity to celebrate VAI’s research and education efforts from the last year — and the last quarter century. (STARTING AT TOP LEFT, GOING CLOCKWISE) SENATOR MARK HUIZENGA & KRIS HUIZENGA, BILL & MARY JACKSON, RUSTY & JENN MERCHANT & MAUREEN WATSON-BOLGER & MATT BOLGER (FAR RIGHT); DAVID & CAROL VAN ANDEL; JAKE KENNARD & KATE ZWIERS & NICOLE & DAVID ZWIERS; SVET; DAVID VAN ANDEL; ENTRYWAY TO THE EVENT; DJ AB VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 21

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