Hometown Journey

Michigan CEO Helped Kennedy Center Exceed Fundraising Goals

The fact that the arts play such an important part of our lives makes the contribution that Dick DeVos has given to the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts worth more than face value. Helping to contribute to the Center’s new expansion, the million dollar contribution by Dick and his family has helped the fundraising effort surpass its original goal of $125 million.

New Features for the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center for Performing arts originally started fundraising for a new expansion in 2013 with hopes of getting $125 million to create a new riverfront pavilion that would connect with the already existing center. 

Along with the new Riverfront pavilion, fundraising will bring these other new expansions to the center

  • Bridge from new pavilion to existing center over the river
  • new pavilions for the center itself
  • educational and rehersal spaces within the center
  • offices
  • dining spaces

The new expansion is meant to act as a new front door to the performing arts center that has served the community since 1971. 

The DeVos Family’s Charity

Dick DeVos is no stranger to philanthropy as he and the rest of his family started the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation that works with the community through various means to help achieve a better life for many.

The foundation helps transform lives through these major areas:

DeVos has taken his financial success from his long career as a businessman and given back to the community showing his genuine care and wanting to live a life of true and good meaning. It is a lesson that could be learned by many who are fortunate enough to make a good living that helping those who helped you get where you are is a very important part of the cycle of capitalism.