DeVos Family Contributes to Development of Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
In recent days, the media has been covering a story regarding the upcoming development of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The center is scheduled to be completed and ready for use by the year 2018. The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts developing committee had previously created a fundraising platform with the goal of obtaining 125 million dollars by the end of the year 2013. The developing committee has reached an amazing goal of 175 million dollars, a whopping 50 million dollars over the expected revenue of the fundraiser. This news has impressed other fundraising entities around the world and has led to major press coverage regarding the fundraiser. News outlets questioned the Kennedy Center’s developmental committee regarding the specific sources of the larger donations that the center received. It was no surprise that one of the major donors to the Kennedy Center’s fundraising program was the philanthropic couple, Dick and Betsy Devos. The couple has had a long history of donating large amounts of money to campaigns, fundraisers, and platforms which they believe will serve to better the community and serve their fellow citizens.
Dick Devos is best known for the company he inherited from his father, Amway. After the passing of the Devos’ father and the founder of Amway, Richard Devos Sr., the company was given to Dick Devos and he became its chief executive. After a period of time where Devos successfully led Amway to become one of the top multi level marketing companies in the United States, Dick Devos focused is efforts on his philanthropic pursuits and on political ideas. Dick and his wife Betsy began to become seriously involved in the campaigns of right wing candidates who they felt would successfully complete their terms in office. The couple is responsible for the nomination and election of several notable congressman, governors, and senators in the state of Michigan. Dick Devos even began a campaign to run as the gubernatorial candidate for the republican party in the state of Michigan, but was unsuccessful in his bid and lost the the democratic nominee. His set back in the election, however, did not deter his family from staying active in political and social issues that were occurring in Michigan. The Devos’ have made a legacy for their family by becoming active participants in the political process and by exercising generosity on behalf of organizations that they believe in such as the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.