Leaders of Tomorrow Gala

Together We Soar


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

CDV5 Foundation
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Family Foundation
Delta Air Lines
Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation
GE Aviation
Great Lakes Education Project
The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation

Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation
The Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation
JSSI & Louis and Christine Seno

Amway Aviation / Rick Fiddler
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bill and Jillane Payne / Jon and Leesa Schram / Dirk and Sally Swiep
Burris Law, PLLC
Custer, Inc. & Steelcase
FlightSafety International
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Grand Rapids Christian Schools
Integrated Architecture
Jandernoa Foundation
L3 Aviation Products
Mayday Avionics
PNC Bank
RDV Corporation
The Peter F. Secchia Family
The Stow Company
Ross & Suzann Van Klompenberg
Satcom Direct
Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
Wolverine Worldwide

Airport Freight X-Change LLC
Al and Robin Koop
AT Media Studio
Belden Brick & Supply
Bill and Laurie Boer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Bombardier Business Aircraft
Dan Pfeiffer Auto Group
Dan and Ann Van Eerden
Dassault Falcon Jet, Inc.
David and Judy Frey
Dean’s Landscaping & Excavating, Inc.
Dr. Tandy Champion
Elissa and Nate Lowery
Gary Family Foundation
Grand Valley State University
The Jovinge Family
Kennari Consulting
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Marcia and Richard Lievense
MEP Services
Mosaic Wealth Management
Norris Perne’ & French LLP
Northern Jet Management
The Northern Trust Company
Oakland Air
Pat and Rozi Cwayna
Stifel / Pearl Street Investment Management
Pioneer Construction
Prospect Airport Services, Inc.
Dr. Rick and Kate McNamara
Rick and Melissa DeVos
Rockford Construction
School of Missionary Aviation Technology
Scott Christopher Homes
Scott Group Studio
Signature Flight Support
Spectrum Health
Textron Aviation
Trendway Corporation/George & Lucile Heeringa Foundation
University of Michigan College of Engineering
Varnum LLP
WACO Aircraft Corporation
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Welsch Aviation, Inc.
Western Michigan University College of Aviation

Rick Fiddler, Chairman
Dick DeVos
Robin Koop
Pat Cwayna
Larry Fisher
Meggan George
George Pavey
Betsy Pott
Zay Reynolds

A special thank you to the following for their vision and dedication to the Leaders of Tomorrow Gala and WMAA:
Amway Aviation Staff
Bill and Laurie Boer
Donna Groce
Tom Meier and his team
Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. and Greg & Claudia Evans & Family
WACO Aircraft Corp and Peter Bowers
Buddy Moorehouse
Kelsea Wierenga
And many others who have been part of the planning past and present

Many thanks to the WMAA Board, The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board, and to all of the parent and student volunteers.

The Premiere Fundraising Event

West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) is hosting its sixth annual Leaders of Tomorrow Gala at the Amway Hangar located at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s Gala will have close to 1,000 in attendance sharing in the theme of “Together We Soar” for WMAA students, staff, and the community they serve, as well as the industries of Aviation, Engineering and Robotics. This year’s guest speaker is, Jeff Skiles, Co-Pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, “The Miracle on the Hudson.” The son of two pilots, Skiles started flying at the age of 16 and has logged over 21,000 hours in the sky. Skiles has spent the last 30 years as a US Airways pilot and his lifetime of experiences contributed to the astounding outcome that day on the Hudson. The perfect landing was not a fluke, it was the result of intense training, preparation and the lessons learned from other pilots’ successes and failures.

The event will showcase and share stories from WMAA community partners, students, parents, and faculty throughout the evening. The event will also provide an opportunity to experience the Amway hangar along with a variety of aircraft for guests to view. Additionally, WMAA students will be participating in several demonstrations and interactive stations for you to enjoy. This year’s event will also introduce opportunities for unique experience-based opportunities through a silent auction.

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 600 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.

The Leaders of Tomorrow Gala 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 new student orientation. Other supported programs include robotics teams, flight simulators, summer soaring experience, and WMAA’s two Cessna 172 aircraft.

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@westmichiganavaiation.org