'Angels' Step Forward for RV/MH Hall of Fame
It wasn't exactly a prayer when Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame ad Museum, said on July 3, "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 Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC) and Don Wallace (co-founder of Lazydays RV 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 percent of the goal.
Searer said, "That leaves only $9,945 to be raised before the Aug. 31 deadline."
Those "angels" included Roy Beck, retired co-founder of the Beck Corp., and Lippert Components Inc. Beck and Lippert Components each donated $10,000. Bill Fenech, former Thor Industries executive, 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. The see a complete list of donor so far, visit www.rvmhhalloffame.org/Ingramdonorreport.cfm.
Searer said, "I'm hopeful that we can reach our goal by Aug. 6 which is the date of the Class of 2012 Induction Dinner and Annual Golf Classic. 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.
Searer said, "I encourage everyone to attend this year's induction dinner. Come and see firsthand our progress in bringing the Hall back from the brink."
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, please visit the Hall's secure web site, 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, Ingram Challenge, RV/MH Hall of Fame, 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart IN 46514.
Call (800) 378-8694 for more information.