The fundraising organized by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts which was targeted at $125 million has gone beyond the set target to lock $135.9 million. The money was meant for the expansion of the Center. The expansion project includes a riverfront pavilion, a pedestrian bridge which will link the pavilion with the Center. The Center will also get three more pavilions, rehearsal, and educational spaces, dining area, and offices.
Major donations for the fundraiser were from Mr. David Rubenstein, the Co-Founder of the Carlyle Group who gave out a donation of $50 million. Others were; The Boeing Group, Jacqueline Mars, and David C. Bohnett Foundation among many others. One major player in charity work who could not miss in the event was the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which contributed $1 million. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation was Founded by Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos to assist towards improving the public education system in the United States.
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos is the husband of the current state secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Mr. DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos, the Co-Founder of Amway. He comes from a family which is firmly rooted in charitable works. His family is projected to have made over 1.33 billion dollars worth of charitable contributions during their lifetime.
Mr. DeVos is a graduate of Forest Hills public school. He also has a degree in Business Administration from the Northwood University. Dick has likewise received many honorary doctorates from different institutions such as the Central Michigan University, Grove City College, and Northwood University.
With the positive upbringing that Dick DeVos received from his family on charity work, he has continued this effort and has made a lot of donations towards charity work. In 2015, through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, Dick contributed more than 11.6 million towards the improvement of the education system in the country. As a strong supporter of the Republican Party, Mr. DeVos through his Foundation has contributed over $139 million to the party towards advancing its agenda.
As a product of the public education system, Dick believes that the public education system of the country is not sufficient in making students fulfill their American dream. In this regard, he believes that his contributions to the education system can help the less fortunate children achieve their dreams. Among the major beneficiaries of his charitable work are the Grand Rapids Christian School and Potters’ House.
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