Davenport’s Annual Gala was an overwhelming success

The Davenport 2022 Excellence in Business Gala became the most successful in its history as it hosted more than 1,000 guests and raised more than $580,000 in support of student scholarships.

The event featured a special guest, George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, and recognized J.C. Huizenga, Chairman and Founder of the Huizenga Group as this year’s honoree. Watch the video honoring J.C. here

In addition, the university had the opportunity to celebrate 2020, 2021, and 2022 Gerald R. Ford Memorial Scholarship recipients and Davenport students, Nicholas Groters, Ella Gardner, and Ella Noon. All proceeds raised from the event benefit the Davenport University Scholarship Fund, which provides critical financial support for well-deserving students.

Thanks to the generous support of all of our donors and event sponsors, 90% of Davenport’s 6,000 students receive financial assistance. Watch the video of students discussing the importance of this financial support here

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Thank you to our event sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation

Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation

Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga Family


National Heritage Academies Logo

Fifth Third Bank Logo

RDG logo


Presidio Insurance Logo

Steve and Amy Van Andel Foundation Logo

Town & Country Group

Rockford Construction Logo

Gentex Logo

Wolverine World Wide Logo


Media Sponsor

Townsquare logo

Print Sponsor

Holland Litho Logo

Transportation Sponsor

Dan and Pamella DeVos Logo

Bronze Sponsors

Butterball Farms, Inc.
Consumers Credit Union
Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation
Huizenga Group
Huntington National Bank
Jandernoa Foundation
James and Sheryl Jurries
The Meijer Foundation
Richard and Pam Pappas
Priority Health
Spectrum Health
University of Michigan Health - West
Dave A. Veneklase Family
Westside Beer Distributing
Jeff and Trisha Zylstra

Crystal Sponsors

Acton Institute
Blue Cross Blue Shield
The CPA Group, PC Custer Inc.
DTE Energy
Eight Eleven Group
Farmers Insurance Group
First National Bank of Michigan
Hi-Tec Building Services Inc.
Holland Special Delivery
Hope College
Hylant Group Inc.
Tammy Huizenga
Integrated Architecture
JP Morgan Chase
Lacks Enterprises Inc.
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Jim and Clarine Lanting
Legacy Trust
Lockton Companies
Merrill - Tim Long and David Lund
Michigan Office Solutions
Barbara A. Mieras & Jacqueline D. Taylor
Northern Trust
Plante Moran PLLC
Guy Sawyer of Baird
SoundOff Signal
Steelcase Inc.
Mary Tuuk-Kuras
Van Andel Institute
Roger and C.G. VanderLaan
Senator Roger Victory
Wells Fargo Bank


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