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First Annual Tiger Gala featuring Chad Buchanan, GM of Indiana Pacers

Chad Buchanan, General Manager of the Indiana Pacers, to Keynote West Des Moines Community Schools Foundation Tiger Gala
(West Des Moines, IA)

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Foundation is hosting the first annual Tiger Gala presented by Shive-Hattery with keynote speaker and Valley High School alumnus, Chad Buchanan, general manager of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at the new Mid-American RecPlex Center in West Des Moines. The Tiger Gala is open to anyone interested in supporting the WDMCS, and will serve as a core fundraising event for the school’s foundation which supports programs from pre-K through high school. The event will include a live auction, music, and arts entertainment by students and graduates of the WDMCS. The goal of the event is to bring together members of the West Des Moines and surrounding community to celebrate and support today’s teachers, students, and staff of all 13 schools in the District. The Tiger Gala was established to raise funds to support the future success of our students and school district. Our focus is to create opportunities for students to participate and excel in the 4 A’s – academics, activities, arts and athletics.

Tickets can be purchased on the event site, or by becoming a sponsor of the event. For businesses who  would like to be a sponsor, please contact Tina Hadden at 515-238-0609. If you are unable to attend on September 8, and would still like to support the WDMCS Foundation, please use the donate page on the WDMCS Foundation website.

About the WDMCS Foundation
The West Des Moines Community Schools (“WDMCS”) Foundation benefits the students, teachers, and school district by offering quality fundraising and accounting resources for WDMCS. The Foundation began in 1988 as an independent, non-profit organization that works closely with the school district administration, staff, and community to provide resources for students. We strive to encourage student participation, creative teaching, and community-school partnerships by making funds available to all 13 schools in the district.

About Chad Buchanan
Chad is in his fifth season with the Pacers after taking the position in July, 2017. Prior to joining the Pacers, Buchanan was with the Charlotte Hornets as Assistant General Manager for three seasons. Buchanan spent 10 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, the last seven as Director of College Scouting. Prior to joining the Trail Blazers, Buchanan spent eight seasons in college basketball, serving as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa from 1995-97 before becoming an assistant coach at Simpson College from 1997-2002. In 2002, he was an assistant coach and assistant director of player personnel for the Kansas City Knights (ABA), before returning to the college ranks as an assistant coach at Drake University from 2003-04. A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Buchanan played both baseball and basketball for four years at Simpson College, where he earned a degree in business management in 1995. He went on to receive his master’s in athletic administration from the University of Iowa. Buchanan and his wife, Melanie, have three children, Treyson, Addilane and Aceio.