According to Kennedy Centre press release, John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts has gone beyond it fundraising goals. The project upped its target of the planned expansion by another $50 million. The campaign is targeting $135.9 million that will be used to expand the centre and include riverfront pavilion, a pedestrian bridge that will link the Kennedy Centre and the Pavilion. Moreover, the project is targeting to include three new pavilions, offices, dining space, and education and rehearsal space.


The Kennedy Centre was established in 1971 and see about 3 million visitors each year. Most of the visitors are children who attend the facility as part of c community outreach and educational programs. Centre leaders have expressed the vision of delivering expanded facility by 2018.


The campaign of expanding the Kennedy centre for performing art started back in 2013 with a target of raising $125bmillion for expansion and $25 million for programming initiatives. However, due to strict scrutiny by federal planning agencies, the designed has changed, and the cost of construction has risen. The fact that the project of this magnitude is fully funded by contributed donations reflects a passion for arts in our community and country at large.


Earlier, at the Centre’s board meeting, Dick Devos a Michigan philanthropist along with his wife Betsy Devos announced that they would give the centre $22.5 million to continue with its noble purpose of training arts.


Dick Devos is the son of Richard DeVos, Amway founder. This was not the first time for Dick Devos to donate astronomical contributions to the Kennedy Centre. Often, the family has donated millions of dollars to Dick and Betsy Devos Foundation. The charity was founded by Dick and his wife Betsy Devos as a vehicle of giving back to the community in response to financial blessing they have received over the years.


The foundation is well known in Grand Rapids for its support of a broad range of community initiatives. However, it seems Dick and Betsy has a soft spot for education. Through the foundation, they have supported and donated heavily on various education initiatives such Rehoboth Christian School, Princeton University, Davenport University Education Freedom Fund, and the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which was the first chartered high school with a focus on aeronautical.


Sometimes the arts are easily overlooked in a discussion of education developments, but I am thrilled to see passionate people such as Devos family take a keen interest in Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts. It is nice to see there are Americans who cares deeply about the role of arts in our society.


Business Leaders, Business World

Lake Tahoe’s north shores community has seen better days. First, a drought took a heavy toll on local businesses and resorts that depend on visitation dollars. Then an incorporation battle threatened to change the area’s civic and business climate.
Squaw Valley Resort CEO Andy Wirth says he is relieved that both problems have been resolved.

“Our community has had a rough go over the last few years,” said Wirth. “First the weather then the incorporation effort. I wasn’t sure if we would survive it.”

With the help of El Nino, early storms are hitting the area and producing massive amounts of snow. This pleasant surprised led to area resorts opening well before the ski season.

Backers of the Olympic Valley incorporation (Learn more: effort formally withdrew this past week.

Wirth says the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent to fight the incorporation effort was money well spent. Had the effort passed, the local area would have experienced higher taxes and decreased services.

Wirth says regardless of how they tried to spin it, it would have been disastrous for the community.

Backers answered Wirth’s allegations by stating that the efforts to stop incorporation seemed to be more personal than business. California’s Local Agency Frmation Commission agreed with Wirth and pumped the breaks on the effort.

Wirth says despite the division, the one thing they all have in common is the love for the area.

Wirth has been a mainstay in the community since he was installed as CEO in 2010. Since that time, he has transformed Squaw Valley Resort into one of the best in the U.S., if not the world.

He has over 25 years in the resort industry, having worked for Steamboat Springs Resort for several years. Wirth says he was determined to address all of the issues put forth by visitors over the last few years. He started with a complete overhaul of the ski area and infrastructure. The latest plans call for a gondola to connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

In an effort to enhance airport travel, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board recently made Wirth a member. “His extensive experience within the resort industry and international airline experience makes him the obvious choice for the position,” said a board member.


While most of us assume that the thin and beautifully toned Wengie must spend hours a day exercising at the gym, she reveals the truth in one of her recent videos: she doesn’t follow any kind of workout routine at all. For those who do head to the gym and get their sweat on a few times during the week this doesn’t seem fair. How is it that this Asian-Australian beauty has such an incredible physique and not have a rigorous exercise schedule? Wengie does dish out some unique recommendations though for those who want to appear more toned. Her first piece of advice is to pay attention to the input rather than just the output. In other words, instead of focusing solely on working out, we should pay attention to what we are putting into our bodies. While many spend a significant amount of time toning their bodies, their muscles remain hidden underneath a layer of fat. If these same exercisers made it a priority to consume protein-filled foods their muscles would probably have more definition. Wengie says she tries to incorporate foods that contain high-amounts of protein frequently into her diet.

Wengie’s other recommendation has to do with basic habits during the day. To help burn calories Wengie confesses that she moves around quite a bit. Even though this certainly does sound logical many people have a tendency to sit around a lot during the day. The Youtube fashionista clarifies that “movement” doesn’t have to be getting all geared up in sports attire and sweat, but can merely be putting on a pair of comfy shoes and walking. The key, Wengie advises, is to make movement habitual during the waking hours.

Even though Wengie is not committed to a training plan, she does see the value in having one. For her, in order to be diligent about exercising it’s got to be something that is interesting that she continually <i>wants</i> to do. Sadly, most forms of working out seem to consist of a a lot of work and little enjoyment. Once she is able to find that magical fitness formula, she too may become a fitness fanatic.


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