A very happy Dick DeVos won both the Melges 32 Lauderdale Cup and the Melges 32 Blue Water Series on April 3, 2016. The winds in Fort Lauderdale were approaching 15 knots for the final races. Dick DeVos was humble and gave credit to everyone who competed over the weekend as well as amazing group on his boat, the Volpe team of tactician Mark Mendelblatt, Scott Nixon, Sam Rogers, Drew Weirda, Peter Kinney, Erika Reineke and Mike Hill. DeVos is pleased with the win and is looking forward to sailing in Newport over the summer at both the Nationals and Worlds.
Dick DeVos excels at the sport of racing, but his most impressive pursuits are done through his foundation. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation launched in 1989 to allow Dick and Betsy the ability to give to their focus areas in the way that their parents and faith have guided them to give. The Foundation focuses on education, community, arts, justice, and leadership. Each year the foundation receives nearly 500 requests for funding that are reviewed by the trustees each quarter.
DeVos has participated in many impressive projects as a community leader and activist for education rights. He was a chair and co/chair for many Grand Rapids downtown revitalization projects. DeVos began the Education Freedom Fund which has given scholarships to more than 4,000 underprivileged children in Michigan. DeVos has also served on the State Board of Education and ran as the Republican candidate for Governor of Michigan in 2006.