The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum announced that during the first month of its fundraiser to raise $100,000 in donations to meet the Ingram family’s challenge, the Hall has received $55,955 in contributions, according to Hall President Darryl Searer.
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. Part of his legacy has been his unprecedented support and generosity toward the Hall.
According to Searer, individual donations have ranged from $5 to $25,000.
â€œWe are excited about the success of this fundraising effort so far in trying to reach our goal of $100,000 in donations before the deadline, Aug. 31, 2012,â€ Searer said. â€œThis success, to a large degree, is because of two $25,000 donations â€” 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.â€
“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,â€ he continued. “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.”
One hundred percent of the challenge contributions will go toward paying down the Hall’s bank loan at 1st Source Bank and all gifts are tax deductable. Contributions can be made through the Hall’s secure website, 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. Mail donations to: Ingram Challenge, RV/MH Hall of Fame, 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart, IN 46514.