The RV/MH Hall of Fame, which was once near insolvency, has dramatically improved its financial status and “has never been in better shape than it is today,” the organization’s president, Darryl Searer, reported at the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony in Elkhart, Indiana, in August.
Searer said the drive to raise $100,000 to earn a matching grant from the family of the late Robert (Boots) Ingram and his wife, Betty, exceeded its goal by $65,000. Putting the drive over the top were donations of $10,000 from Roadtrek Motorhomes, $5,000 each from Jayco executives Derald and Wilber Bontrager, $25,000 from Thor Industries in the name of its late co-founder, Wade F. B. Thompson, and another $25,000 from the Thompson Family Foundation.
Searer said the financial recovery has been aided by a loan rate reduction from First Source Bank and Elkhart’s waiver of $108,000 in overdue city water and sewer service fees. In addition, while the Hall of Fame museum still owes David and Sharon Woodworth $975,000 for the vintage RVs that are at the heart of the museum’s collection, the Woodworths have agreed to forgive $150,000 in interest and will accept a $600,000 payment.
Meanwhile, Barry Cole, president of Manufactured Housing Services of Orange, California, has been elected chairman of the RV/MH Hall of Fame board of directors, succeeding Bill Garpow, who will continue on the board. Jay Hesse, president of Blue Ox of Pender, Nebraska, was elected vice chairman.
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