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
Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation
Jim and Clarine Lanting
The Steve and Amy VanAndel Foundation
Blue Cross Blue Shield
The CPA Group
First National Bank of Michigan
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
Richard and Pam Pappas
Pondera Leadership Consulting
Jacqueline D. Taylor Ph.D.
Dave and Carol VanAndel Foundation
Xerox Business Solutions Midwest