DeVos Prize

coaster drafts: Chipping In

Posted in drafting by digitalrituals on August 20, 2009




Grand Rapids Press 5.20.09
Last year, DeVos gave $100,000 to a group called Florida4Marriage (now Yes2Marriage) in support of a Florida state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
• In 2006, the Richard and Helen DeVos foundation reported a $540,000 donation to Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based organization that stridently opposes gay marriage. The organization donated $400,000 to support Proposition 8 last year, which was successful in banning gay marriage in California.
• Holland resident Elsa Prince Broekhuizen contributed $450,000 to the same cause. Broekhuizen is the mother of former state GOP chair Betsy DeVos, whose husband, Dick (son of Richard), lost in a bid to unseat Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2006.

Triangle Foundation news release 9.6.2006:
DeVos Family Support of Right-Wing Boycott on Ford Motor Co. Hurts MI Jobs

In 2004, the DeVos and Prince family contributed a combined total of $125,000 to the effort to ban marriage equality in the Michigan Constitution, known as Proposal 2.



Grand Rapids Press 5.23.09

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has made a multi-year commitment to provide the prize money.


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  1. Gary Van Harn said, on September 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    …playing small town politics with their world class money. Thanks for the gay bashing. That really hurt.

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