The Kennedy Center for the Arts is an organisation I have always had the deepest respect for and follow the news of to keep up with the latest achievements and accomplishments seen within this arts based community. One Kennedy Center donor I have always been impressed with is the Michigan based business leader Dick DeVos who has worked alongside his family members to provide substantial backing for this fabulous center for the arts; I was happy to see Dick DeVos and wife Betsy had joined the drive to raise $125 million for the Kennedy Center to complete its work in creating a new river front pavilion. Dick and Betsy DeVos have provided around $1 million as the river pavilion fund has surpassed the initial estimates given by Kennedy Center officials by reaching over $130 million. To make sure the new range of educational buildings and rehearsal spaces are as impressive as possible, Kennedy Center officials have sought to extend the available fund by another $50 million as the plans for the river area have continued to develop.
I discovered Dick DeVos is a member of a very wealthy and powerful family who have always been taught to use their good fortune to assist others by the DeVos patriarch, which is something Dick has always looked to do. After taking control of the AmWay Group from his father, Dick has looked to develop the philanthropy of members of the family by entering different areas of the political arena and different communities across the U.S. Following the development of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation the married couple have looked to back a number of causes that reflect their views, and spent a large amount of time exploring the many different options open to them in making sure every member of their local community in Grand Rapids, Michigan has as many opportunities as possible.