The Melges 32 Gold Regatta included a series of races where teams of experienced or amateur sailors take part. The competition attracts numerous sailors and sailing enthusiasts from various regions. During the recent Junior Day held during the Melges 32 Gold Cup, various individuals and teams of sailors such as Dick Devos, Benjamin Schwartz, Rick Devos, Alessandro Rombelli, and Richard Goransson from Sweden took part. The Lauderdale Yacht Club hosted the competition. In support of nurturing youth talent, the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation included youth sailors into the competition by allowing them to board each of the Melges 32 vessels. Consequently, both Michael Moss and Denver Rozzo were awarded top trophies for their youth effort during the Melges 32 Gold Cup Competition.
An Insight into Dick Devos Life and Philanthropic Work
Most wealthy families such as the Devos family have made remarkable contributions towards the society by starting and supporting numerous initiatives. Dick Devos is a top entrepreneur from Michigan. According to Forbes Magazine, Dick is listed as the 67th wealthiest person in the USA. His net worth is estimated as $5.1 billion. In addition, he is the head of the Dick and Betsy Devos, which is an initiative that significantly contributed a lot of money towards religious, artistic, civic, community, and free-market economic as well as educational organizations, especially in the Grand Rapids region.
Devos has also managed to boost the development of the Michigan area through the creation of West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010.The Academy is the United States’ first aviation public charter institution. Some of the beneficiaries of Dick Devos philanthropic efforts include the Thunderbird School of Global Management, regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, Helen Devos Children’s Hospital, Mars Hill Bible Church, Rehoboth Christian School, Davenport University, American Education Reform Council, as well as the ArtPrize Grand Rapids.
Being a diversified person is a good attribute in a bid to relieve the burden of stress associated with work-related activities. Devos is a man who takes part in many activities other than just business and entrepreneurial ventures. He is a two-time United States Champion Sailor as well as a qualified helicopter and jet aircraft pilot. His business insight can be traced from his academic achievement since he boasts of a degree in business administration.
Due to his contributions to society, Devos has earned numerous honorary doctorates from various institutions such as the Northwood University, Grove City College, and the Central Michigan University. Together with his wife Betsy, they boast of five grandchildren and seven children.