Leaders of Tomorrow Gala

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

Gala information will be released in December 2014

The Premiere Fundraising Event

West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) is hosting its third annual Leaders of Tomorrow Gala at the Amway Hangar located at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Keynote speakers for the 2014 WMAA Leaders of Tomorrow Gala are Captain James Lovell and Gene Kranz. A great American hero, astronaut Lovell is most famous for his role in the American space age and for his calm and careful command of Apollo 13. Gene Kranz demonstrated courage and heroism as leader of the “Tiger Team” of flight directors, who brought the Apollo 13 spaceship safely back to Earth on April 17, 1970. Together, they will take the stage to share their extraordinary story – “Apollo 13: A Successful Failure.”

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 400 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 engineering-related educational 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 a summer literacy and mathematics program for new students. Other supported programs include robotics teams, flight simulators, summer soaring experience, and WMAA’s Cessna 172.

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

Our 2014 Sponsors

Gala Title Sponsor

Gulfstream Aerospace

Touching the Stars

Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
Dick and Betsy DeVos
Scott Christopher Homes
Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation
VanderWeide Family Foundation
GE Aviation

Stratosphere Flight

Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation
Pioneer Construction

Flight Captain

Airport Freight Exchange LLC
Al & Robin Koop
Amway Aviation
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bill & Jillane Payne/Jon & Leesa Schram
Bombardier Business Aircraft
Cascade Engineering
Grand Valley State University
Integrated Architecture
Jet Support Services, Inc/Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Mike & Sue Jandernoa
Norris Perne & French LLP
Pearl Street Investments of Oppenheimer
Spectrum Health
Steelcase Inc
The Stow Company
Thousand Oaks Golf Course
Wolverine Worldwide
Scott Group Custom Carpets


Amway Corporation – Finance Department
Art & Betsy Hasse
Attallah & Mimi Amash
Bill & Laurie Boer
Custer, Inc
Dallas Airmotive
Dan Pfeiffer Auto Group
Dan & Ann Van Eerden
Dr. Tandy Champion
Eagle Tugs
Executive Air Transport, Inc/Baker College
Ferris State University
Flight Safety International
Gerald R Ford International Airport
Grand Rapids Christian School Foundation
Haworth/Interphase Interiors
Highpoint Real Estate & Development, Inc
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Lighthouse Insurance Group
MEP Services
MLive Media Group
Nate & Elissa Lowery
Northern Jet Management
Northern Trust
Northwestern Michigan College Aviation
Pat & Rosalyn Cwayna
Ranir LLC
Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan
Rick & Kate McNamara
Rick & Melissa DeVos
Rockford Construction
Welsch Aviation, Inc
Western Michigan University College of Aviation