iBall 2017


At iBall 2017 we’re moving! Move with us as we celebrate imagination, innovation and inspiration on Wednesday, March 29 at the Amway Hotel’s Ambassador Ballroom. We’ll enjoy dinner, music and open bar 6-9:30 p.m.

Individual tickets are $100 and can be purchased here.  Please email Louise.Edison@wmcat.org for information on sponsorships.

And… we’ll honor some pretty amazing people:


WMCAT Award for Imagination

CARN-10084CARNEVALE, Mike Carnevale, founder and principal

Founded more than 10 years ago, CARNEVALE is a local digital powerhouse that creates websites and apps, advances user experience and is leading in virtual reality exploration and application. Clients are local and far-reaching, including Spectrum Health, National Geographic and Rockstar Games. The firm also contributes significant creative talent to nonprofit organizations like WMCAT as they continue to spark imagination and solve complex business challenges.


WMCAT Award for Innovation

Rosalynn Bliss 4x5 (2)Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

Rosalynn Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female mayor in 2016, after serving more than 10 years as a city commissioner. With a strong belief in local government representing the diversity of its citizens, Mayor Bliss is committed to encouraging citizens, particularly women and minorities, to serve on boards and commissions.

A social worker by vocation, Mayor Bliss has been recognized for work in the field of child abuse and neglect. This combination of commitment to vulnerable children and diverse civic engagement positions Rosalynn Bliss to advance innovation, equity, access, and collective impact in our community.


WMCAT Award for Inspiration

Bayard_George-001algGeorge Bayard III, founder Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives.

George Bayard opened West Michigan’s oldest gallery devoted to artists of color in 1989. A professional conservator, collector, artist, and writer, Bayard has amassed an impressive collection of African American art and artifacts. This inspired him to found the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA), which opened a physical location on Monroe Center in 2016. WMCAT’s video production students have partnered with GRAAMA to collect stories for a new documentary titled “Rhythm and Race: A History of African American Music in Grand Rapids.”


Thank you to the following iBall 2017 Sponsors!

Contact Louise “Punky” Edison at (616) 454-7004 if you’re interested in a sponsorship.

Honoree Sponsor


Honoree Reception Sponsor


Signature Sponsors

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Title Sponsors

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Table Sponsors

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