8th Annual Couture For A Cure Bigger Than Ever!

How do you fit 535 people....here it is!
How do you fit 535 people….here it is!
Dynamic Duo Deb Clark and Patrick Plank
Dynamic Duo Deb Clark and Patrick Plank
Carol Van Andel gives an update on science education at VAI.
Carol Van Andel gives an update on science education at VAI.
Rebecca Wierda....let's talk trends!
Rebecca Wierda….let’s talk trends!
Jasmine Jones shows us a little Pretty in Punk!
Jasmine Jones shows us a little Pretty in Punk!
Emily Rankin, Brinslee Dykstra and Ashley Cole...wow!
Emily Rankin, Brinslee Dykstra and Ashley Cole…wow!
What a great pic of Chereita Smith!
What a great pic of Chereita Smith!
Captivated audience!
Captivated audience!
A little cat walk!
A little cat walk!
The beautiful Jordan Carson and Ashley Cole behind the scenes.
The beautiful Jordan Carson and Ashley Cole behind the scenes.
Rebecca and Gabrielle Wierda
Rebecca and Gabrielle Wierda..of course I have to post a picture of my daughter…it was her 15th birthday that day!
All eyes were on Anna DeBoer in this stunning Carolina Herrera.
All eyes were on Anna DeBoer in this stunning Carolina Herrera.
Molly Ma in Cynthia Rose.
Molly Ma in Cynthia Rose.
Jessica Hilzey in Cynthia Rose
Jessica Hilzey in Cynthia Rose
Sydney Van Till in spring '14 Cynthia Rose
Sydney Van Till in spring ’14 Cynthia Rose
Anna DeBoer and Jasmine Jones in Cynthia Rose
Anna DeBoer and Jasmine Jones in Cynthia Rose
Cynthia Rose takes the runway for a standing ovation.
Cynthia Rose takes the runway for a standing ovation.

Last year I thought it was the best that it could be and then….I watched this year’s Couture for a Cure in amazement as it once again surpassed last year’s bar (which was set very high)!  We had a record crowd of 500+.  We raised more money than ever before (stay tuned for exact numbers) for the cutting edge research and science education that occurs at the Van Andel Institute.  And, the energy and buzz in the room was extraordinary as our models took the runway with fall fashion that we have in store (styled to perfection thanks to our runway stylist extraordinaire, Patrick Plank).  The applause, the pictures being snapped (by professional photographers as well as those attending), the complete engagement of our audience made for an event that was….phenomenal!  I am so very proud of my team and each person’s contributions.  To put together a show of that caliber is definitely a collaboration of many talented individuals.  A special shout out to our creative genius Patrick Plank…wow, Patrick, you did it again!  Cynthia Rose…kudos to you for being our guest designer and showcasing your holiday ’13 and spring ’14 collections for the second part of our runway show.  Thanks to the team at the Van Andel Institute; you are wonderful to partner with and always committed to excellence.  Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who attended….we are appreciative of the support you show to our event.  We are honored that we can provide the “fun” that inspires you to give to such a worthwhile organization as VAI.  We look forward to seeing you next year for our 9th annual Couture for a Cure!

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