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DeVos ensures a prosperous future for The Kennedy Arts Center

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Obviously fundraising is important, especially when budgets are cut or a service is in desperate need. Even our national centers need updating to preserve them so they can provide opportunities for future generations. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1971, sees nearly 3 million visitors a year. It has been many years since the doors to the center opened and now the center is in need of expansion. The newly approved expansion will create new spaces for classrooms, studios, rehearsals, and events. Three new pavilions will be built, this will expand the center by 72,000 square feet thanks to the philanthropy of the generous donors like the DeVos family. 

In 2013 the campaign started with the goal of raising $100 million for the new expansion and another $25 million in funds for programming initiatives. According to Deborah Rutter, the Kennedy Center President, the entire project will be funded through donations. Ms. Rutter hopes the contributions will be a testament to the passion that Americans have for the performing arts. 

Not only did a few influential Americans come through, they helped superseded the goal of $125 million and pushed it to $135.9 million. Instead of ending the campaign, the center has upped the targeted amount by another $50 million to include offices, a dining space, and a pedestrian bridge linking the riverfront pavilion with the Kennedy Center. This is attributed to a generous donation from The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. 

Dick DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos, who was once the CEO of the distribution company. Dick studied business administration at Northwood University and Harvard Business School. DeVos received honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University and is a distinguished Alumni at Northwood. In 1974 he became an invaluable asset to the Amway Corporation and took the company further by opening up markets and tripling international sales. Eventually, Dick left to pursue his own business. He also founded West Michigan’s first aviation high school as he is an avid pilot himself and wanted to give ample opportunities to learn the trade to those less fortunate. Check out his helicopter landing in the video below where he shows students of his school how to safely pilot the aircraft in downtown Grand Rapids.

In 1990 DeVos and his wife started the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation, a Grand Rapids foundation that donates thousands of dollars to artistic , educational, community, civic, religious, and free market economic organizations. DeVos believes giving should be centered in five important areas education, community, justice, leadership , and the arts.

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December 31, 2015

The State Of Real Estate Development In New York

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The town residential was established and launched in 2010 with a sole aim of changing the house design into the modern housing design. The residential were founded by Andrew Heiberger, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the residential. Joseph Sitt serves as the co-founder of the Company. Town Residential offers the most reliable and expensive real estate services enterprise for only five years of operation.

Town Residential is based in New York City luxury real estate and provides the best environment to stay with your family. The Company primarily focuses on the sales of luxury residential, leasing and renting the estates, property developments, and commercial retailing of the apartments. Town Residential has indeed led to a turnover in the industry by the introduction of modern housing installed with modern appliances. This business venture has a professional staff that has gained experience and skills in the real estate development. Click to get more information on Town Residential.

The New York Times recently made a publication concerning the current state of the real estate development in New York City. In the field, what is experienced is advanced technology and a new phase of the estate development. Actual sales got experienced in the industry. According to the publication, Extell Developments managed to close the year with an estimated net worth of one hundred million dollars.

In other phases of sales, the Central Park real estate developers who operate at 57th Street managed to make a closure with a nine digit figure. Developers based in Manhattan managed to set new records as higher prices paid for town residential. In Cobble Hill, Brooklyn made an impressive sale and raised a new record for the most expensive sale of a single apartment ever sold. Shaun Osher, who currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Brokerage Core Firm, reported that 2015 emerged as the best year of sales as compared to the past years.

According to Shaun, new records will sooner be set due to the expected sales of residences in Central Park South 220 to interested billionaires in the area. Kenneth Griffin, who has a net worth of more than seven billion dollars, expressed his interests in buying a residence in the area. Kenneth raised an estimate of two hundred million dollars to purchase the resident located in Central Park South 220.

December 31, 2015

The Colorful World of Doe Deere

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If you care about bold fashion and makeup, you know about Doe Deere. And if you haven’t heard of her yet, get ready to become one of her Unicorns (fans of Doe). Doe is the founder and CEO of Lime Crime Cosmetics: not bad for a woman who started with a DIY fashion line on eBay only 12 years ago. Fast forward to 2016 and Lime Crime has been in business for 8 years providing gorgeous, bold makeup to women of all ages.

Doe’s love for color, enhancing beauty, and creating cruelty-free cosmetics earned her the status of Top Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs by Self-Made magazine. Her love of makeup started early; she has always been one to do things her way no matter what others around her think. Follow Doe’s anti-rules for great looks that go against the norm:

Bold Lips and Bold Eyes DO work together: Color is fun so don’t be afraid to mix your favorite, bright colors together to create a beautiful and memorable look for your face.
Add color (and lots of it) in all of your choices: Though you don’t want to go overboard, mixing colors within your look can be beautiful. Be sure to coordinate, such as pink and green or peach and periwinkle for unicorn-like gorgeousness.
While you’re mixing it up, throw in those patterns: Many traditionalists will say mixing patterns is a no-no, but when done well can be amazing. Doe recommends picking patterns that are within the same color family as a starting point for breaking this rule.
Socks are not just for your sneakers: You may have worn socks with your dressier shoes as a child, and now is the time to return to the trend. Your colorful tights and socks deserve to be shown, even with open-toed shoes.
If you’re rocking a fun hair color, don’t just wear black: You’re clearly bold and confident with your hair choice, and that doesn’t mean that your clothes now need to be neutral. Keep paying attention to how your hair complements the colors you choose, but don’t shy away from color.
Dress your age…or just dress how you want to: Don’t limit yourself because something seems to be for a certain age group. Wear what makes you feel good and don’t worry about what others think.
Wear your special items whenever you want: We all have things in our closet that we label for special occasions, but why wait to wear it? For example, add a sweater to your favorite formal dress and wear it to dinner with the family.

If Doe Deere teaches us only one thing, it is that the rules of fashion and beauty are made to be rewritten.

December 29, 2015

Healthcare Companies Are Trying To Lower Costs And Improve Healthcare Services

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Healthcare costs are having a dramatic impact on American families, and there seems to be no limit to how high healthcare costs can go. Advancements in healthcare and pharmaceutical innovations that are keeping people alive longer seem to be a “catch-22” scenario. People want to live a longer, healthier life, but they may not be able to afford to do that because they can’t afford the treatments. Healthcare spending in the United States in 2014 was a whopping $3 trillion. Some experts say insurance benefits kept that figure from going higher last year. Health experts say healthcare spending will be lower this year. Healthcare insurance companies help sick people that have insurance, but even with insurance, the cost of care as people cross the 65-year-old mark is too much for many people. Even though there are 8.4 million more people with insurance under Obama Care the aging population, and economic factors are putting pressure on healthcare companies like Nobilis Health.
Nobilis Health is a publically traded company based in Houston. Nobilis manages more than 100 surgical centers in the United States. Nobilis provides healthcare services, and the company tries to keep costs down.
Nobilis Healthcare centers perform general surgery, spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, pain management, podiatry, and otolaryngology. The team of management personnel at Nobilis is a mixture of medical, financial, recruiting and sales experts. The current Nobilis team is under the direction of Chief Executive Officer Chris Lloyd.
But the real dilemma facing healthcare companies is the development and research costs for new procedures. Healthcare companies are faced with an aging population, new diseases and a workforce that is overworked and under a great deal of pressure. The human element plays an important role in keeping health care costs down, but at this point, the push to lower costs is creating more stress for the people that are burdened with the responsibility to make that happen. Medical centers like Nobilis have the manpower and the expertise to keep costs under control to a point, but other factors must be addressed in order to continue lowering the costs of medical procedures.
Reducing healthcare costs has to be a joint effort by the medical and drug industries, and that may take some time and persuasion.

December 22, 2015

Well-Dressed Men Benefit E-Commerce Growth For Paul Evans

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Business Insider recently reported a growing number of well-dressed men. Many have turned to wearing fitted button up shirts, trendy glasses frames, and meticulously putting together entire outfits. During the early 2000’s, men who made fashionable choices were labeled “metro sexual,” however, those days are long gone. Even the “average Joe” has become more aware of his outward appearance, striving to maintain well-sculpted facial hair and tasteful accessories including belts, shoes, and wallets. But, why the change?

According to researchers of IBISWorld, the sudden desire to look good stems from online shopping. In the past 5 years, menswear has experienced a 16.7% growth in e-commerce, the largest among all other categories. Through the power of the internet, online shopping has become a game changer for men, ridding them of the shopping hardships they would rather avoid.

“Shopping is every guy’s worst nightmare unless you’re shopping at a serious man cave like Ball and Buck where you can kick back on a leather couch and get a hot towel shave,” Bollman explains.

Leading e-commerce retailer Paul Evans attracts its customers by promising high-end professional footwear and accessories at lower prices. As the Paul Evans web store states, “We’re just a couple guys in New York City who want you to look good. Real good.” Inspired by Italian styles, Benjamin Earley and Evan Fript set out on a mission to bring quality shoes straight to the doorsteps of their customers, ultimately ending the limitations of brick-and-mortar shopping.

Paul Evans delivers many styles of shoes including oxfords, loafers, sneakers, and boots. All italian shoes by Paul Evans are designed in New York City and manufactured at the epicenter of world fashion; Italy. Paul Evans has built a strong relationship with a factory located near the Golf of Naples. The quality craftsmanship that goes into the production of each shoe is the result of master skills passed down for generations. Made with Italian calfskin leather, and artisan hand painted finish, Paul Evans trumps the design and quality of average run-of-the-mill shoe companies.

December 22, 2015

Buyers And Sellers Enjoy Great Rewards In New York City Real Estate Ventures

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While many people move because of a job, some people like to move for the excitement that they will find in their new place or residence. There are many people that move to New York City for just that very reason. The pure excitement of it all is addictive for many people that love a fast paced atmosphere, and a city that offers the finest in entertainment, dining and shopping. New York City is one of the best places to live, and people find that the real estate industry is hopping in New York.

For buyers or sellers, Town Residential Real Estate is there to assist them with their needs in the housing industry. Buyers will find that there are plenty of homes and apartments to choose from. Sellers will see is there is plenty of need for their units.

The agents at Town Residential Real Estate are exceptional. They have been in their field for a number of years, and they are familiar with New York City and all it has to offer. They will know where all the best places are to visit, and the neighborhoods that will offer their clients the best possible solution for their moving needs.

At Town Residential Real Estate, clients are treated with respect and courtesy. They are shown attention at all times so that the agent can get an understanding of what the needs are in the situation. They are very experienced in what they do so they know the questions to ask the client in order to find out the answers they need to know.


December 3, 2015