Obama appoints V.I. businessman to Kennedy Center advisory board

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ST. THOMAS - Virgin Islands businessman and philanthropist Dale LeFebvre has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

LeFebvre, originally from Texas, is the founder and chairman of, a financial holdings company. The company is an Economic Development Commission beneficiary in the territory.

LeFebvre's appointment was made along with many other presidential appointees to various board, commissions and committees.

"I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead," Obama said in a written statement.

The Kennedy Center is the nation's cultural arts center. It is a living memorial to President Kennedy, who was responsible for leading the efforts to fund the center after it was first conceived of by President Dwight Eisenhower.

LeFebvre said this is his first presidential appointment and is he excited to be representing the Virgin Islands with this prestigious nomination.

Last year, LeFebvre made a sizable donation to the University of the Virgin Islands. LeFebvre presented a $250,000 check to the university to provide money for two university programs as well as $100,000 for a scholarship.

The LeFebvre Endowed Student Fellowship Award was established with $100,000 to provide scholarships and transportation stipends for a sophomore and junior accounting student each year they attend UVI.

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