Camping World CEO Helps Chicago Abuse Center

October 28, 2011 by   - () Comments Off on Camping World CEO Helps Chicago Abuse Center

Beth Levine (Lake Forest) and Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis (Lake Forest), who served as emcee and live auction host, with ZCenter CEO Torrie Flink (Libertyville). Photo courtesy of (

Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, was the “Wildcard Celebrity Host” for the live auction held on Oct. 1 to benefit the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Chicago, reported.

“Marcus was absolutely phenomenal,” said ZCenter’s Director of Development Joe Howard. “He pushed the auction to record numbers and strengthened people’s participation to the cause every step of the way. He made everyone who is connected to our organization very proud.”

In addition to bringing two tables full of guests, Camping World and Good Sam donated numerous RV rentals, VIP ticket packages to concerts, racing and entertainment events.

“Marcus is passionate about doing everything possible to support ZCenter’s vital programs and services for survivors of rape and incest, and we at Camping World and Good Sam are looking forward to welcoming the evening’s winning bidders to our signature events, including ‘The Tim McGraw Tour’,” said Zrinka Allen, executive vice president of Camping World and Good Sam, and longtime ZCenter supporter.

ZCenter’s 10th Annual “Have A Heart/Heal A Heart” Casino Night fundraiser was not only the most successful dinner fundraiser in the agency’s history – netting $209,000 for their children’s advocacy and counseling programs – it was also an inspirational evening that emphasized “Art as a Healing Force.”

ZCenter’s event committee, led by chairperson Judy Reuter, displayed survivor art throughout Highland Park’s Exmoor Country Club and welcomed world-class soloist Heather Aranyi to perform for their sponsors and guests. Renowned for her extraordinary voice, as well as her exemplary musicianship and stage presence, Aranyi was a 2006 recipient of the Judith Dawn Memorial Fund artist scholarships that support sexual assault survivors’ pursuit of artist endeavors including singing, painting, dancing and more.

“Have A Heart/Heal A Heart is great mock-gambling fun and a very important fundraiser that is made possible each year through the generosity of our wonderful underwriters Jon Mills and Morris Belzberg,” exclaimed ZCenter’s CEO Torrie Flink. “As an added bonus, this year’s 220-plus attendees enjoyed a fabulous performance, and courageous and inspiring message delivered by world-class soprano and sexual abuse survivor Heather Aranyi.” Click here to view videos.

Other highlights of the evening included a salute to ZCenter’s staff, recognition of their many “Aunts & Uncles” club members who donate $1,000 or more annually to support children’s advocacy and counseling programs and the silent auction.


Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center provides survivors of sexual assault or abuse with comprehensive, confidential, services at no charge including medical and legal advocacy, emergency room and police sensitivity training, 24-hour crisis hotline and crisis intervention services, and counseling for both individuals and groups. The center’s Community Education department also provides prevention education to thousands of area school children each year. For details, call (847) 244-1187 or visit

Good Sam Enterprises LLC is the parent company of Woodall’s Campground Management and


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