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WMCAT's iBall gala will celebrate David Kelley and Meijer with live entertainment with proceeds from event support WMCAT's mission to provide a culture of opportunity.
Celebrating at iBall 2015. This year's event is March 18

Celebrating at iBall 2015. This year's event is March 18

WMCAT's iBall 2016

iBall will be held Friday, March 18 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Tickets and sponsorships start at $150 and can be purchased here.

Guests screen printing at iBall 2015

Guests screen printing at iBall 2015

The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) will honor David Kelley, founder of Stanford University’s and design firm IDEO, for his contributions to design thinking at iBall 2016 on March 18 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Kelley will be celebrated alongside honoree Meijer at the annual gala that supports WMCAT’s mission to provide a culture of opportunity through teen arts engagement and adult career training. 

The evening will also feature live entertainment from Vox Vidorra, winner of a 2016 Jammie award for Album of the Year, a silent auction, sit-down dinner and open bar and an opportunity wall for supporting WMCAT's students.

“David Kelley is a true innovator, having built the creative confidence of hundreds of business and community leaders through human centered design,” said Daniel Williams, executive director of WMCAT. “At WMCAT we use design thinking to give our students a voice and a platform for social change and we are grateful to David for inspiring this action. The opportunity to honor Meijer is equally inspiring as they, as a company, have supported and fostered innovation and creativity on a local and national scale.”

Kelley is the founder and chairman of the global design and innovation company, IDEO, which designed Apple Computer’s first mouse, the Palm V PDA and Steelcase’s Leap Chair. He also founded Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and is the co-author, with his brother Tom Kelley, of the New York Times Bestseller “Creative Confidence.” He will receive the WMCAT Award for Imagination.

The WMCAT Award for Innovation will go to Meijer for their leadership in advancing new systems and technologies, including the introduction of checkout scanners, the 24-hour store and the launch of online shopping and curbside pick up. Meijer is a committed partner to WMCAT, sponsoring the Pharmacy Technician Adult Career Training Program for under and unemployed adults.

Tickets and sponsorship packages for iBall can be purchased at All proceeds from iBall 2016 support WMCAT's mission to privide a culture of opportunity for people to make social and economic progress in their lives and community.

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