Davenport's Annual Excellence in Business Gala 2023

The Davenport University 2023 Excellence in Business Gala hosted nearly 500 guests and raised more than $370,000 in support. The event featured special guest, Jack Nicklaus, legendary professional golfer and recognized revered community leader Dr. Jacqueline Taylor as this year's Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business honoree.

Watch the video honoring Jackie here

In addition, the university had the opportunity to celebrate the 2023 Gerald R. Ford Memorial Scholarship recipient and Davenport student, Brianna Leesch. All proceeds raised from the event benefit the Davenport University Scholarship Fund, which provides critical financial support for well-deserving students.

Watch the video of students discussing the importance of this financial support here

The gala also highlighted ELEVATE, a campaign for Davenport University. Elevate is our $35M campaign focused on growing our programs and services available to our students, making an even bigger impact in the communities in which we live and serve. We encourage you to learn more about these programs and the ELEVATE campaign by visiting davenport.edu/elevate.  

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Thank you to our event sponsors

gold sponsors

silver sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Corewell Health

Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation 

Haworth Inc. 

Jim and Clarine Lanting 

The Steve and Amy VanAndel Foundation 

Wolverine Worldwide 

Crystal Sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield

The CPA Group

First National Bank of Michigan

Granger Group

Hi-Tec Building Services, Inc.

Holland Special Delivery

Hylant Group, Inc.

Integrated Architecture Jandernoa Foundation

Bill and Rochelle Lettinga

Mary Free Bed Hospital & Rehabilitation Center

The Meijer Foundation

Merrill - Timothy Long and David Lund

Michigan State University

Northern Trust

Richard and Pam Pappas

Pondera Leadership Consulting

Jacqueline D. Taylor Ph.D.

Dave and Carol VanAndel Foundation

Varnum LLP

Xerox Business Solutions Midwest 


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