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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, or by mail, phone or fax. If paying by check or money order, make payable to the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum (Hall) launched a new fund raising campaign in May to lower its bank loan from 1st Source Bank by $200,000. The goal is to raise $100,000 in voluntary contributions by August 31, 2012.

Vintage Travel Trailer on Display at RV/MH Hall of Fame

Vintage Travel Trailer on Display at RV/MH Hall of Fame

The Boots Ingram family has put up a $100,000 challenge grant for the purpose of lowering the Hall’s bank loan so each contribution by friends of Hall is actually double the amount contributed-a $100 gift, in effect, becomes a $200 gift.

Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, said, “The Ingrams continue to show their support for the Hall, and their generosity in making this challenge should inspire everyone concerned about the long-range health of our wonderful facility to pitch in and help.”

Gifts may be made by mail, in person at the Hall, by phone at 800-378-8694, or on the Hall web site: Since the foundation is 501c non-profit organization, all gifts are tax deductible.

Searer said, “Time is limited since the Ingram challenge ends in August so I encourage anyone who can to make their gift early. While we wouldn’t turn away a large donation, in reality, no gift is too small because we would like to see industry members as well as those who enjoy the RV lifestyle participate in this fund raiser. We all benefit from the Hall which not only honors industry leaders, but also preserves our heritage and legacy through the Museum and Library.

To make a contribution by mail, send your gift by check or money order to:

RV/MH Hall of Fame
21565 Executive Parkway
Elkhart, IN 46514.

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