The Kennedy Center for the Arts has always attracted a large number of donors who are willing to provide support for the upkeep and expansion of the popular arts provider. In 2013, officials at the Kennedy Center unveiled a new area of construction that would see a pavilion on the river front developed with a new building, a range of rehearsal spaces and a pedestrian bridge linking the main campus to the pavilion area. The main of construction and development has been the $125 million pavilion that has already been approved at federal level, and has been the main area of fund raising over the years; in early 2016 it was announced the Kennedy Center has already received over $130 million in donations and allowed its donation drive to be expanded to allow a further $50 million to be requested from donors including Dick DeVos who I noticed had already donated $1 million to the initial project.
Dick DeVos has been a business person I have followed for a number of years after he took control of the family business, AmWay. Dick DeVos is a business person I have admired for a number of years after I watched him lead the company to greater levels of success than it had ever enjoyed, particularly in foreign markets that he led the company into when first joining the family business. Despite his impressive business pedigree Dick DeVos has spent a large amount of his time looking to have a positive effect on the people of the Grand Rapids, Michigan area and the U.S. as a whole. Dick DeVos and wife Betsy do much to impress me, including embarking on the backing of arts based programs designed to put the Grand Rapids region on the map for arts based educational programs and festivals.