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Get Your Tickets Now for the Dance Fundraiser of the Year!

Dancing for a VARI Good Cause

Location: JW Marriott, Grand Rapids
Date: April 29, 2011
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Arthur Murray Dance Studios (Grand Rapids) have teamed up with the Van Andel Institute to “dance for a ‘vari’ good cause”! Watch local celebrities compete in the ultimate dance-off. And, as a special treat, Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska of Dancing With the Stars will give two spectacular performances. All proceeds benefit disease research and science education at Van Andel Institute.

Cocktail Attire

Spotlight: special guest Stars Alec Mazo & Edyta Sliwinska:

Alec Mazo is best known for being the winner of the first season of “Dancing with the Stars” with Kelly Monaco. He has toured with “Dancing with the Stars” and was featured in the fitness section of the new book. He is a 5 time US National Finalist. Edyta Sliwinska was born in Warsaw, Poland. She started to dance when she was 10 years old. Edyta became a successful ballroom dancer in Poland and achieved a world-class status representing Poland on International competitions all over the world. Read more…

Local Celebrity Dancers Include:

Bill Simonson, host of “The Huge Show”
Val Lego, reporter and host of “Healthy You” on WZZM 13
Ellen Tailor, on-air personality from 105.3 HOT FM and 97.5 NOW FM
Rachel Mraz, Vice President of the DeVries, Freeburg & Mraz Group at Merrill Lynch and Co-Chair of VAI’s J-Board
Patrick Miles, Jr., attorney at Dickinson Wright
David Van Andel, chairman and CEO of Van Andel Institute

Registration / Ticket Options

* Individual Admission includes 1 ticket per person to the event
* VIP Admission includes 1 ticket per person to the event, reserved seating, and admission to the VIP Party prior to the event start (Limited Number Available)
* Cha Cha Cha Sponsor includes 4 tickets to the event, reserved seating, plus name recognition on all event materials
* Salsa, Samba, Mambo Sponsor includes 10 VIP level tickets, VIP reception, meet & greet with dancers and Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska, plus additional name recognition on all event materials

Please contact Sarah Lamb at Van Andel Institute at 616-234-5712 or via email if you have any questions. Sponsorship Opportunities (download PDF) are available.

Evening Agenda

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
VIP Reception

VIP Ticket Holders, Sponsors

Meet and Greet with Alec and Edyta including photos

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and two drinks per person

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Doors Open for General Ticket Holders

Heavy hors d’oeuvres served

Cash bar

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dance Performances by our contestants and a special performance by Alec Mazo & Edyta Sliwinska

10:15 p.m.

Dancing for a VARI good cause winners announced

10:15 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Music by Soundscape Artist Todd Ernst