The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts fund raising managed to exceed the target set for the planned expansion project. The organization choose however decided to continue rising the funds and are now targeting $50 million extra.
The Kennedy Center press release reported that the campaign had locked $135.9 million for the project. The campaign begun back in 2013. Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has supported the cause with a donation of $1 million.
Dick DeVos has had a great career having worked in different executive positions. He has worked with the Amway, NBA Orlando Magic, and The Windquest where he still serves as the president.
When Dick DeVos was the President of Amway, he managed all aspects of the firm’s operations which were in 50 different countries. In his final year working for Amway, the company reported sales of $4.5 billion. Before Dick DeVos was promoted to become the President of Amway he was the vice president and was in charge of operations in 18 countries outside North America. At some point, DeVos also served as the CEO and President of Orlando Magic after his family acquired the team.
DeVos has used his success in business to support a broad range of community initiatives. Education Freedom Fund that he started has given more than 4,000 scholarships to disadvantaged children in Michigan. He Founded West Michigan Aviation Academy and is on the board of education in the school. The school aims at providing arduous training programs which are aviation focused. DeVos has contributed to improving healthcare including a $212 million convention center, $75 million downtown arena, $90 million medical schools, $130 million heart hospital, and a $30 million Downtown Market.
Dick DeVos has also written a best-seller book, (Recovering American Values) which was published in 1997.
DeVos does enjoy sailing and has also won twice the National Champion Sailor. Also, he is a qualified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot.
West Michigan Aviation is a public charter high school that offers free tuition to students. Dick DeVos founded the school with support from his wife, Betsy. They began the school owing to their passion for education and aviation. West Michigan Aviation opened its doors in 2010 in the Gerald R. Ford International Airport grounds.
In 2010 the school first class was a renovated 25,000 sq. ft. Office space. Later on, the school was able to expand. West Michigan Aviation has seen rapid growth with the expansion that has provided more expanded space. The developments have made it easy for curriculum, student life and aviation programs become easier. The school capacity can now accommodate 500 students.