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RV Hall Of Fame Elkhart Indiana

ELKHART IN — It wasn’t exactly a prayer when Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum said on July 3, 2012, Even though contributions ranging from $5 to $2,500 continue to come in, we will need an angel or two who will follow the example of Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World, and Good Sam Enterprises, and Don Wallace, co-founder of Lazydays RV Super Center, who each donated $25,000 toward the Ingram Family’s $100,000 Challenge Grant.

However, a prayer could not have been better answered. Searer’s “angels” have stepped forward.

In the first two weeks of July, more than $30,000 has been donated toward the Ingram Challenge, bringing the total received to date to $90,055, or 90% of the goal. Searer said, That leaves only $9,945 to be raised before the Aug. 31 deadline.”

Those new “angels” included Roy Beck, retired co-founder of The Beck Corporation, and Jason Lippert, chairman of Lippert Components Inc, who each donated $10,000. Bill Fenech, a former Thor Industries executive, also contributed $5,000.

Searer said, “Everyone at the Hall really appreciates all those who have generously contributed to this campaign.”

According to Searer, 54 individuals, companies and organizations have contributed to the $100,000 challenge with donations ranging from $5 to $25,000. To see a complete list of donor so far, visit www.rvmhhalloffame.org/Ingramdonorreport.cfm.

“I’m hopeful that we can reach our goal by August 6 which is the date of the Class of 2012 Induction Dinner and Annual Golf Classic,” he added. “It would be a great addition to the celebration to be able to announce during those ceremonies that we have reached our goal ahead of schedule.”

One-hundred percent of the challenge grant contributions will go toward paying down the Hall’s bank loan at 1st Source Bank and all gifts are tax deductible.

What a difference a year makes. At last year’s induction dinner, the mood was far from optimistic about the future the RV/MH Hall of Fame. But that has all changed now and the future of the Hall looks great.

“I encourage everyone to attend this year’s induction dinner. Come and see firsthand our progress in bringing the Hall back from the brink,” he explained.

For those who would like to make reservations for the induction dinner and/or the golf classic — or to make a contribution toward the Ingram family’s $100,000 challenge grant — visit the Hall’s secure website at: www.rvmhhalloffame.org.

Reservations or donations can also be made by mail, phone or fax. If paying by check or money order, make payable to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and send it to:

Ingram Challenge
RV/MH Hall of Fame
21565 Executive Parkway
Elkhart Indiana 46514

For more information, call 800.378.8694.

SOURCE: RV/MH Hall of Fame press release

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The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum (Hall) announced that during the first month of its fund raiser to raise $100,000 in donations to meet the Ingram family’s $100,000 Challenge, the Hall has received $55,955 in contributions, according to Darryl Searer, president of the Hall.

In an act of continuing generosity toward the Hall, the Robert “Boots” Ingram family has offered a $100,000 matching “Let’s Pay off the Bank” challenge, if a like amount can be raised by individual donations before the end of August 2012.

“Boots” Ingram, founder of Teton Homes and former member of the Hall’s board of directors passed away in 2010, and part of his legacy is his unprecedented support and generosity toward the Hall.

According to Searer, individual donations have ranged from $5.00 to $25,000.

Searer said, “We are excited about the success of this fund-raising effort so far in trying to reach our goal of $100,000 in donations before the deadline, August 31, 2012. This success, to a large degree, is because of two $25,000 donations — one by Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World, Inc., and Good Sam Enterprises, LLC.; and the other by Hall of Famer Don Wallace, co-founder of Lazydays RV Super Center.

“We hope other industry members who have become financially able in the RV and Manufactured Housing industries will feel challenged by the contributions of Lemonis and Wallace and step up and do their part in helping us preserve our industries’ heritage.

“And while we need and appreciate these larger contributions, I am inspired by the willingness of individuals, dealers and groups who have reached into their pockets to do their part. We need everyone’s help if we are going to meet this challenge.”

The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum

The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum

One-hundred percent of the challenge grant contributions will go toward paying down the Hall’s bank loan at 1st Source Bank and all gifts are tax deductable.

Searer added, “While we are encouraged by our early success, we still need to raise $44,045.00 before the deadline.

For those who would like to make a contribution toward the Ingram family’s $100,000 challenge grant, the Hall has made it easy to contribute. Contributions can be made through the Hall’s secure web site, www.rvmhhalloffame.org or by mail, phone or fax. If paying by check or money order, make payable to the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

Camping World Inc. is charting a course of aggressive growth in the first quarter of 2012, reports Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World Inc. and its Good Sam Enterprises LLC subsidiary.

New Camping World stores, most combining rolling stock and aftermarket parts and accessories, are slated to open in a wide variety of U.S. locales in the year’s first quarter – bringing the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company’s total store count to 85. Some of these new stores, Lemonis told RVBUSINESS.com, will result from an “integration” of an existing independent dealership.
“After an unbelievably strong 2011,” said Lemonis, “we believe that we have the infrastructure in place to kind of take that next step of growth. We are clearly in same-store growth mode and new-store growth mode – a combination of both.”

As part of this new expansion initiative at the nation’s highest volume RV dealership chain, Lemonis revealed, Camping World signage will soon surface in disparate locations like Conway, N.H.; Avondale, Ariz.; Spokane, Wash.; Redding, Calif.; St. George, Utah; Ashville, Raleigh and Fayetteville, N.C., and Lake City, Winter Garden and Cocoa Beach, Fla.

At the same time, Lemonis adds, the industry will soon learn of a new floorplan credit facility approaching $400 million and a new deal recently inked between Camping World and NASCAR involving roadside assistance – a major focus for Camping World in the year ahead.
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