With the fundraising effort starting in 2013 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has managed to not only meet but surpass its original fundraising goals. The individuals behind this fundraising effort have elected to up their target rather than stop at the original 125 million-dollar goal. The original goal consisted of approximately 100 million dollars for the expansion effort, to be capped off with program initiatives of about 25 million. This after it sparked the giving of both individual philanthropist as well as influential corporations from around the United States. Among the notable list of donors you will find the Grand Rapids born businessman Dick DeVos. Having attended Forest Hill public school Dick DeVos was born in Grand Rapids Michigan, the son of Helen June and Richard Martin DeVos. Having been a part of his parents business since birth he grew up and attended Northwood University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and later attended Harvard Business School as well as the Wharton school’s executive study program. Best known for being the son of Richard DeVos Sr. the creator of the Amway Corporation, Dick DeVos is among the most well-known names in business not only within the state of Michigan but Nationwide. DeVos’s wiki page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_DeVos) gives a full summation of his multitude of business dealings and continued charitable works. Among Mr. DeVos’s notable achievements are his run for governor in 2006, his appearance in Forbes Magazine in 2012 and his father’s achievement as the 67th wealthiest person in the US with a net worth that exceeds 5 billion dollars.
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