Jay and Betty Van Andel Legacy Awards

Last evening, the Grand Rapids Public Museum celebrated a legacy of leadership at the third annual Jay and Betty Van Andel Legacy Awards. David and Carol Van Andel and Dan and Lou Ann Gaydou hosted the event that honored three community leaders for their impact upon West Michigan.

Award recipients included Steele and Mary Taylor, who were presented the Jay and Betty Van Andel Lifetime Achievement Award; James B. Fahner, MD, received the Dave and Carol Van Andel Leadership Award; and Sam Cummings, was this year’s “Casey” Award winner, named for Casey Wondergem.  The award recipients were selected for their personal leadership within the community, their commitment to advancing the Grand Rapids Public Museum and their demonstration of character in inspiring others.

The evening of celebration featured a strolling dinner party, award presentation and admission to the Museum.  Guests also enjoyed a preview of BIG STUFF from the Permanent Collection which opens to the public on November 12.

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Gala coverage: Tim Motley / Stellafly Social Media
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