Dick DeVos and Family Among the Most Giving

The wealthy members of the Forbes list of richest Americans are among the largest donors. While many of these members give a substantial amount of money towards charitable causes, there is one family that is among the most generous. The family of Dick DeVos have often been rated as the most giving families in the entire nation. Each year, the family provides funding for a number of causes that have helped make the community a better place. On a regular basis, the family provides funding for things such as arts organizations, business development and also education. Their donations have proven to help many people and organizations reach a number of their specific goals. According to sources, the family has given over $90 million to philanthropic causes over the course of their history.

 

One of the main causes the DeVos family gives funds to is education. They believe that it is important to provide people with the most access to the best available education. As a result, the family has looked to provide funds for private charter schools. With these donations, a number of people can afford to send their kids to private schools which give them a better educational experience. Another educational cause that the family often donates money to is for business school scholarships. The family looks to give business school students the funding they need in order to attend and complete business school. With this funding, numerous people can get the education they need to advance their knowledge as well as become the next group of successful business leaders in the future.

 

As well as donating to educational causes, the DeVos family spends a lot of their money contributing to the performing arts and business development. Each year they provide funds to enhance the professional development of managers who run arts organizations. The family also provides funding to help small companies get started up as well as expanding their operations. With these contributions, businesses have been in position to provide better products, expand to new locations and also to create more jobs.

 

While he is a leading philanthropist, Dick DeVos is also among the most successful businessmen as well. His career spans about three decades where he has occupied managerial roles for companies such as Amway. During his stint at Amway, Dick served as a marketing manager and the chief executive officer. With these positions, Dick has helped the company become the largest and most successful direct selling company in the world.

 

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Academy of Art University’s runway show was a big hit

If you are into fashion then you most certainly heard of New York Fashion Week. The School of Fashion from the Academy of Art University held their own fashion show. The 21st runway showcase was held at the Skylight Clarkson Square on September 9th. The great thing was the designers are all BFA and MFA graduates from the university. Two menswear and five womenswear collections were debuted with a wide variety of influences. It was a crunch of time until the end. Designers racing to have everything ready before they showed their outlook for fashion in front of their peers, teachers, some celebrities, and it was even showed on Livestream. It all boiled down to each designer having 15 minutes on the runway. Here are a list of the designers that rocked the runway Eden Slezin, MFA, Hailun Zhou, MFA, Dina Marie Lam, MFA, Saya Shen, MFA, Carlos Rodriguez, BFA, Joanna Jadallah, MFA, Ryan Yu, MFA, Cana Klebanoff, BFA, and Jelly Shan, MFA. Each graduate had a very distinct style of fashion, pulling from their influences in life. Some of fashion designer are from different countries like China, Mexico, or even America. One of the designers was inspired by her hometown. The peace and joy she experienced certainly influenced her girly and fresh style.

 

The Academy of Art University offers classes on campus and online. They were founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens. He previously worked as Sunset Magazine’s creative director. The university is located in San Francisco, California, the hub of art. The offer certificates, pre-college programs, undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students.

 

Pixar, Nike, EA, Apple, and many more have hired graduate from the Academy of Art University. Alumni have held over 70 gallery exhibitions and art shows all over San Francisco every year. It is considered the largest privately owned design and art school in the United States. They currently have an enrollment of over 12,600 students and 283 full-time teachers.

 

There are a multitude of majors to choose from including Animation and Visual Effects, Fashion, Art History and Education, Interior Design, Photography, Graphic Design, Landscape Architecture, and so much more.

The Orange Coast College Rowing Team Takes Pride In Their National Titles

Rowing is an amateur sport that lingers around even since most other sports have disappeared. The rowing team at Orange Coast College shares their rowing with those driving into work each morning when passing by the Newport Harbor. The assistant coach, Steve Morris spent many years as the head coach of the team in the 90’s. When his wife and children required him to be home more, Steve left only to return to the assistant coaching position.

 

Each morning, Steve climbs into his car to head into the rowing center for a 6:30 am practice. It was only after making the compromise with his family that he was able to return to the sport that he has loved for many years. The sport for him is in his blood and bones.

 

There is something calming and relaxing to others who watch the rowing team in perfect unison with one another. When the calm waters are filled with boats gliding through the water with all individuals doing the same thing at the same moment is what others like about watching the team. If just one person is off by a slight hair, everyone on the team suffers. They have to be completely even with one another if the team is to win.

 

Once a student himself at OCC, Steve understands what it takes to be on the team. He knows what someone has to do in order to man the oars. It takes plenty of practice and mentality to be able to be on the team. Learn more: http://www.coastline.edu/myccc/

 

A few years ago while on vacation with his family, Steve stumbled across a live feed that the OCC team was in for a race. Steve learned from his mentor, Dave Grant about what it takes to lead the team. The then coach in the 1980’s has helped to shape how Steve coaches the team and what they have to do to be successful.

 

The David A. Grant rowing center at Newport Harbor is as close to stepping back in time as you can get. The history that hangs from the walls in the center is what showcases the talent of previous teams at OCC. They have brought home 11 National Titles and a number of students who have gone on to enter other races and even the Olympics.