Dick DeVos, former President and CEO of Amway and one of the richest men internationally participated in the 2016 Melges Gold Cup Sailing Competition. The competitive event was held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club. Spectators were excited about the second day race and looking forward to the three races that were added to the competition. DeVos was leader of the scoreboard by one point of the second day competition. The Lauderdale Yacht Club Foundation made the event really special by allowing youth sailors to join the competitors during the race.
Over the years, Dick has contributed time to help young children and millions of dollars to non-profit organizations for education, arts, and healthcare. Among those organizations are Kids Hope USA, Potter’s House, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and Education Freedom Fund. He has also given to various political campaigns, candidates and causes and was even famously referenced in an episode of House of Cards (read Dick’s thoughts here on Mlive.com)
The two-time national champion sailor successfully rose to first place day two of the 2016 Melges Gold Cup Sailing Competition. The learning experience Dick DeVos shared with the youth sailor is something that will remembered for years to come. The Lauderdale Yacht Club Foundation made this event possible for young sailors to participate in the grand prix sailing competition.