Orlando Magic owner and manager Dick Devos has joined in with several other well-known philanthropists and organizations in making a $1 million contribution to the finalization of a new front reception facility for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The new addition will serve as an elegant entrance and gathering area while then connecting to a new Riverwalk that allows guests to access the actual Kennedy Center performance auditorium. The project began with a major $50 million contribution from David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group.
Dick Devos has continually been recognized for his charitable work through the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation that has made many significant donations to projects they deem important for the greater good of all, and especially for children. The contribution to the Kennedy Center is in response to the charity campaign developed by the center management staff to complete the funding for the nearly $120 million Riverwalk project.
Dick Devos is the oldest son of Amway Products co-founder Richard Devos and has gone on to establish his own business interests with the Alticor Corporation after serving as a vice-president for Amway in the 1970s. Alticor is now known as the Windquest Group that combined his new venture with the existing business operations. His wife is current United States Secretary of Education Betsy Devos. Betsy is sister of Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater Company that serves as a private security assistance contractor.
Dick Devos has a wide variety of business operations, as he was named General Manager of the National Basketball Association Orlando Magic after his father purchased the team several decades ago. Devos continues to function in that current capacity in addition to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Windquest. Devos made an unsuccessful run for governor of Michigan during the last election cycle, but now focuses on his companies and his charity work through the Devos Family Foundation.
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