Leaders of Tomorrow Gala

Save the date for the 4th Annual Leaders of Tomorrow Gala on Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Premiere Fundraising Event

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – January 15, 2015 – West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) is hosting its fourth annual Leaders of Tomorrow Gala at the Amway Hangar located at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s Keynote speaker is Colonel Mark Tillman. Col. Tillman was chosen as the nation’s 12th Presidential Pilot and served as commander of Air Force One for eight years under President George W. Bush. The recently retired colonel was responsible for “the flying White House” throughout both of Bush’s terms and has edge-of-your-seat stories to share about keeping the President safe on Sept. 11, 2001 and clandestinely flying the President in and out of Iraq on Thanksgiving 2003. Joining Col. Tillman on the stage will be former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Joseph Hagin II, as well as a special surprise guest introduction.

The event will also showcase the newly renovated and expanded Amway hangar along with a variety of aircraft for guests to view. Additionally, WMAA students will demonstrate remote control aircraft in flight and robots they designed and constructed for team competition.

WMAA is a tuition-free public charter high school that was founded in 2010 by Dick DeVos. Located on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, WMAA is currently educating over 500 students in grades 9-12. The goal of this one-of-a-kind academy is to provide a unique education that expands the horizons of our students. WMAA’s vision is to provide a rigorous educational program through an aviation focus, preparing students for college achievement, career success, and engaged citizenship. Students may choose career goals ranging from flight, engineering/STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and aviation business to technical services. Current students come from over 40 different school districts throughout the West Michigan region, plus international, out- of-state, and home-school situations. WMAA encourages and embraces this diversity and accepts the challenge of providing a quality educational experience for all.

This gala celebration is an important event for West Michigan Aviation Academy, as the proceeds will provide assistance for enhanced aviation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and other activities, which go beyond the support provided by state funding. This assistance includes off-site aviation/engineering-related visits, annual capstone trips, flight experiences, engineering equipment, and new student orientation. Other supported programs include robotics teams, flight simulators, summer soaring experience, and WMAA’s Cessna 172.

For more information on the event visit us at www.westmichiganaviation.org or contact Meggan George for advance story leads, interviews, photo opportunities at mgeorge@westmichiganaviation.org