Davenport's Annual Excellence in Business Gala 2024

The Davenport University 2024 Excellence in Business Gala hosted over 400 guests. The event featured special guest, Anderson Cooper, anchor of Anderson Cooper 360 and 60 Minutes correspondent and recognized revered community leader, Rick Keyes, President & CEO of Meijer as this year's Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business honoree.

Watch the video honoring Rick here

In addition, the university had the opportunity to celebrate the 2024 Gerald R. Ford Memorial Scholarship recipient and Davenport student, Makayla Brown. 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

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