ELKHART, Ind., - Following the successful launch of the $1 Million Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination campaign last September that has generated over $500,000 in pledges and donations so far from members of manufactured housing community, the RV/MH Heritage Foundation (Foundation) announced the final phase of its debt elimination campaign-the $1 Million RV Industry Debt Elimination campaign, according to Darryl Searer, chairman and president of the Foundation.
The Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge campaign was launched in October 2014 when Kevin Clayton, chief executive officer of Clayton Homes Inc., pledged $200,000 to help the RV/MH Hall of Fame become debt free in five years. He challenged other large and small companies, as well as individuals, in the manufactured housing (MH) industry to step up and help raise a total of $1 million.
So far, $522,573 has been raised through donations and pledges.
The Race is On
Now, Kevin Clayton has issued a challenge to the RV industry to match the MH industry's $1 million commitment; so the race is on to see which industry can reach that $1 million goal first; however, the MH has taken a substantial lead.
The prize for either industry reaching the $1 million goal first is a modified Ice Bucket Challenge. Representatives from the winning industry will have the privilege of dumping buckets of ice on Foundation president Darryl Searer.
Searer said, "Just the thought of it runs shivers up my spine, but it's for a good cause and will be worth it to finally see the Foundation debt free."
Searer joined the staff of the Foundation three years ago as the volunteer president when the Foundation's sustainability was questionable. At that time the Foundation's debt was $5.5 million. Through Searer's leadership and the support of the Foundation's board of directors, the Foundation's debt today is approximately $2 million.
Searer said, "As the generosity of the RV and MH industries continues, these last two fundraisers will finally put us over the top and guarantee the Foundation's long-term sustainability. For the first time since we started down this road, we can finally see the finish line."
Kick off of RV Industry Debt Elimination Challenge
Thanks to the generous donations of Peter & Beverly Orthwein ($25,000), Family Motor Coach Association ($10,000), and Jayco ($10,000), and few smaller donations ($500), the RV Industry Debt Elimination has moved the Foundation a few steps closer the finish line.
"Like the Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge," Searer said, "the RV Industry Debt Elimination is soliciting pledges and donations over the next five years. These two campaigns will make the Foundation debt free by 2019, a day we are looking forward to celebrating."
Searer Challenges Members of Both Industries
Searer urged members and companies in the two industries to show their support of the Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting the RV and MH industries, by entering their pledges or make a donation now to help the Foundation to meet its goal.
In the meantime, Judy Jankowski, the Hall's vice president of development, is contacting leaders in both the RV and MH industries asking for their support of these campaigns.
Jankowski said, "As an addition incentive, all donations to the Debt Elimination Challenge are tax deductible."
Pledge/donation forms are available for download the Foundation's web site, www.rvmhhalloffame.org.
Pledges and donations can also be submitted by mail to:
Debt Elimination Challenge
RV/MH Hall of Fame
21565 Executive Parkway
Elkhart Indiana 46514
by RV/MH Hall of Fame