Kennedy Center Gets Largest Private Donation in Its History

Amway heir gives $22.5 million to the Kennedy Center

By Jim Handly
|  Tuesday, May 4, 2010  |  Updated 4:31 PM EDT
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Kennedy Center Gets Largest Private Donation in Its History

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The Kennedy Center received its largest gift ever to train the nation’s art leaders.

 
The private donation of $22.5 million will endow its Arts Management Institute.
 
Dick and Betsy DeVos are active Republicans from Michigan. He spent $35 million of his own money to unsuccessfully challenge Democratic incumbent Gov. Jennifer Granholm. His family also owns the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
 
Dick DeVos is an Amway Corp. heir. His wife was appointed to the Kennedy Center Board by President George W. Bush. She said the arts have been struggling in the recession and need expert leadership to survive.
 
 

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