The Dick and Betsy DeVos Charitable Foundation has donated $1 million to the John F. Kennedy Center Of Performing Arts. The center’s fundraising program started in 2013. It was recently reported that because the fundraising effort was so successful, it has been extended with a new goal of an additional $50 million.
The center, opened since 1973, has over 3 million visitors each year. The fundraising efforts have raised revenue for expansions and renovations. “We are attaching a pedestrian walk for visitors to reach the main building,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah Teeter. She went on to say that she was thankful that donors are as excited about the arts as she.
The Kennedy Center has a number of multi-million dollar donors each year. David Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group gave the largest donation to date of $50 million. Others who have matched his generosity include The Boeing Company, Jacqueline Mars, Noemi Neidorff, The Robert H. Smith Charity Foundation and The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.
Upgrades to the center also include new office spaces, rehearse rooms, educational rooms and pavilions. The designs have been edited a number of times over the last two years due to planning agency scrutiny.
Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy are known for their generous donations all over the country – especially, in their home state of Michigan. They have supported many social initiatives and school choice vouchers. The DeVoses have recently opened a aviator charter school for children who would like to pursue a technical career while learning more about flying planes.
Dick DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. The company is owner of the Orlando Magic NBA team. DeVos is a champion sailor and professional pilot. Dick ran an unsuccessful bid to unseat Democrat Jennifer Granholm as governor of Michigan.