The Kennedy Center has blown past its goal of fundraising for an expansion project that is planned. But instead of ending the campaign, it ended its target by another 50 million dollars. According to a press release by Kennedy Center, I believe the campaign is said to have locked up 135.9 million dollars for the project that was approved, which was going to include, a pedestrian bridge that was to link the Kennedy Center with the pavilion, a river pavilion (currently riverfront). Also, not forgetting a huge extension of the center with new educational, pavilions, as well as rehearsal spaces, dining space, and offices. The Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated $1 million.
Dick DeVos was born on Oct. 21, 1955. He’s an American entrepreneur-businessman as well as an author from Michigan. He’s the son of Richard DeVos, Amway co-founder. Dick served Consumer goods distribution company as a chief executive officer from 1993 to 2002. I can say that generally, Dick spent his career in business working in various executive positions at the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the Amway, as well as The Windquest Group, where the successful entrepreneur is currently working as its President.
When Dick was Amway’s president from 1993 to 2002, he was responsible for all the aspects of the operations of the company in 50 nations and six continents. In the fiscal year of Dick’s service, Amway reported amazing sales of 4.5 billion dollars. Dick is a true leader, under his leadership, Amway opened new markets as well as triple global sales to surpass domestic sales, and by that time this had never happened in the history of the company. He became Orlando Magic’s CEO and President in 1991 when his family (the DeVos) acquired the team, a role that Dick held for three consecutive years.
Well, Dick is not a businessman, he’s also a kind-hearted philanthropist; he has been a leader in various community initiatives. He launched the Education Freedom Fund; the fund has awarded over 4,000 scholarships to children in Michigan who are underprivileged, and WMAA (West Michigan Aviation Academy), which is a High School that aims at providing a precise program of education through an aviation focus. He has also served on the SBOE (State Board of Education).
Dick has led as co-chair/chair several Grand Rapids area downtown rejuvenation as well as regional healthcare improvements, including a 75-million-dollar arena, a 212-million-dollar convention center, a 130-million-dollar heart hospital, a 90-million-dollar medical school, as well as a 30-million-dollar Downtown Market.
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