SOURCE: Good Sam Enterprises, LLC

Good Sam Enterprises, LLC

July 18, 2012 11:26 ET

Giving Back at the Good Sam Rally

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL--(Marketwire - Jul 18, 2012) - The Good Sam Club and its members opened their hearts and their wallets for a number of worthy causes at the June 21-24 Good Sam Rally at Louisville's Kentucky Exposition Center, an event that drew thousands of RVers in 2,033 recreational vehicles. The collective outpouring of generosity resulted in nearly $10,000 from Good Sam members and $33,000 from the Good Sam Club itself. That's in addition to the $54,973 raised by the club and its members for philanthropic organizations at this year's previous Good Sam Rally, March 22-25 at Arizona's Phoenix International Raceway. "The generosity of Good Sam Club members is amazing," stated CEO Marcus Lemonis. "The Good Sam Club was started back in 1966 with the concept of our members helping others. It's obvious that the concept is alive and well today."

At the Louisville Good Sam Rally, Good Sam and Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis announced a $10,000 donation from the Good Sam Club to RVing Accessibility Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping physically challenged individuals experience the joy of RV travel. Mark Douglass, the group's president, had been invited to the Rally to establish handicapped routes at the venue and communicate with Rally guests with special needs.

Good Sam members at the Louisville event contributed nearly $9,000 and the Good Sam Club donated another $10,000 to Flags4Vets, a group that places U.S. flags on military veterans' graves. The combined contributions will purchase nearly 40,000 new flags for Flags4Vets, which has already placed flags on graves in 40 states. The director of Flags4Vets, Fred Moore, was on hand at the Rally to help organize the event's Salute to Veterans: a parade, speakers and a reception honoring Rally-goers who served in the armed forces.

The Good Sam Club's fourth-annual RVers of the Year, Joyce and John Williams, were recognized at the Louisville Rally for their extraordinary service to their community and their country. While traveling in their RV, the Michigan Good Sam members have volunteered more than 2,000 hours a year since 1990 for many organizations, including Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service (NOMADS) and Habitat for Humanity and its RV Care-a-Vanners group. The Good Sam Club donated $13,000 to these two institutions in honor of the Williams, with $10,000 going to Habitat for Humanity and $3,000 to NOMADS.

Since 1980, Good Sam members and chapters have contributed to Dogs for the Deaf, an Oregon-based program that rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to assist people with a variety of challenges, from hearing loss to autism. The organization's president, Robin Dickson, gratefully accepted $10,412 in donations from Good Sam members at the Louisville and Phoenix Good Sam Rallies, in addition to $45,000 donated by the Good Sam Club.

Good Sam members attending the Louisville Rally donated 268 handmade blankets, quilts and comforters to Project Linus, an altruistic organization that provides blankets -- and a sense of security -- to children who are ill or otherwise in need. Members contributed another 567 blankets to Project Linus at the March Rally.

Louisville's Metro Animal Services towed its mobile clinic and adoption trailer, SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today), to the Louisville Rally, full of adoptable dogs. Six of these dogs found loving homes with Good Sam members at the event.

Community service goes hand in hand with the Good Sam Club and Good Sam Rallies. Find out more about the Good Sam Club at Learn more about Good Sam Rallies at


Good Sam Enterprises, LLC (GSE) and its wholly owned subsidiaries, serve the safety, security, comfort, and convenience needs of the North American outdoor and recreational vehicle market. The goal is simple: GSE makes RV ownership and the RV lifestyle more enjoyable. With various companies, brands, products and services, GSE targets almost every aspect of this diverse and dynamic niche market.

Founded in 1966, Camping World is the world's largest retailer of recreational vehicles and provides outdoor enthusiasts over 10,000 RV parts and accessories, maintenance, professional installation, collision repair and much more to enhance the RV and outdoor lifestyle. Today the company engages in the retail sale, finance, service and rental of recreational vehicles, with over $300 million of new and used recreational vehicle inventory representing more than 13 RV manufacturers and 150 brand names. With over 85 SuperCenters nationwide, a state-of-the-art call center and an award-winning website, Camping World is serving the needs of RVing families across the nation. For more information, visit

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