We often hear much about the way philanthropists provide funding and their time to specific causes, but we rarely hear much about why these wealthy donors feel so strongly about a specific subject; I was, therefore, pleased to read about the reasons why Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have devoted so much of their time to the education reform movement over the last three decades. Among the information I found in an interview with Betsy DeVos from Philanthropy Roundtable was that the couple first became interested in changing the education system in the U.S. when their own children were of school age and they visited the Potter’s House Christian School close to the DeVos family home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The chance to explore the reasons why Dick DeVos chose to stand for election to the Michigan Board of Education in the early 1990s when he was at the height of his business career; Dick DeVos understood the difficulties of many families in providing their children with the chance to get a high quality education and decided to devote much of his life to supporting the cause of education reform far from his own state of Michigan.
I believe there is much to admire in the life and work of Dick DeVos, which I believe shows us the values he hopes to live his own life by and pass on to those he influences through his philanthropic work. Among the projects Dick has taken the time to become personally involved in are the Acton Institute that is based in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Wikipedia page of Dick DeVos explains the Acton Institute think tank bases its work on the development of individual liberty and add traditional religious principles to the lives of the people of the world. The work Dick DeVos has begun with the Acton Institute has been continued with his work for the Willow Creek Association that is dedicated to bringing traditional American values back to the lives of the people of the U.S.
Last month marked the 64th annual Pilot Club of Huntington’s Antiques Show and Sale. This is one of the areas most looked forward to events each year. This years sale hosted twenty different dealers from seven our of fifty beautiful states.
This annual event takes months of preparation to make sure it’s the best possible sale and show for it’s local and out of town attendees. It’s also the areas only fundraising event and bring in quite a sizable donations each year to it’s local charities. Some of the charities that benefit from this event are: Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind, Ebenezer Community Outreach, Faith in Action of the River Cities, Her Place, Honor Flight Huntington, Huntington High School Food Bank, Huntington Symphony Orchestra, Mountwest Community College, Barboursville Veterans Home Bingo Party, Cabell County Public Library, Cabell County Special Olympics, The Recovery Place, Project Lifesaver International, River Valley Child Development Center and others.
This year the charitable event was focused on brain safety and health. Everyone in the tr-state area know what a large event this is and how much of a financial impact it can have on the areas charities each year.
One dealer who is no stranger to the finer antiques in life is, Michael Zomber. You may have seen Michael Zomber on the Antiques Roadshow. He has been an avid art collector for more than forty years. He has spent a lifetime collecting antique arms and armor, and is a recognized authority on Japanese samurai swords. He is also quite passionate about his screenplays and novels. Michael Zomber is well known for his critically acclaimed documentary film Soul of the Samurai.
On a more personal side Michael Zomber and his wife share a beautiful family with two children, Gabriella and Christopher. He currently resides in Philadelphia, but native to Washingting, D.C. Be sure to follow along with his career on CrunchBase, or see what Zomber has written by purchasing his books on Amazon.