ELKHART — Since launching the $1 million Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge in September 2014, which kicked off with a $200,000 pledge by Kevin Clayton on behalf of Clayton Homes, over 125 individuals, organizations and companies have pledged more than $797,300.
Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall), credits Barry Cole, chairman emeritus of the Hall and president of MH Insurance Services, with spearheading the successful campaign. Searer said, “Barry has been relentless in urging his fellow manufactured housing industry colleagues to join the ‘Count Me In’ list of donors through personal contacts and speaking at various industry events. He has also supervised our on-going email fundraisers that has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
The idea to start the debt elimination plan for the Hall is a result of Barry Cole’s conversations with Kevin Clayton. According to Cole, Clayton suggested after realizing the progress that has been made at the Hall and noting the Hall’s sound management, board assurances to never borrow again and the Hall’s very positive financial position, made it possible for Clayton to support the Hall. With that assurance, Clayton pledged $200,000 through his company, Clayton Homes.
Cole’s leadership has not gone unnoticed by Clayton, chairman.
Clayton said, “Barry’s leadership and the importance of this led me to do a personal pledge of $25,200, along with our company’s pledge. I hope others will follow at some level, and we can set up this facility for a beautiful debt free future.”
Cole said, “Kevin has absolutely helped make an enormous difference to the elimination of the Hall’s debt which is in achievable sight. We all thank Kevin for the additional $25,200, and hopefully other strong RV and MH leaders will follow his example with small or large donations.”
Donations can be made on the Hall’s web site (http://www.rvmhhalloffame.org/clayton_challenge.cfm) and pledge forms are available for download.
“It’s time,” Cole said, “to finish this off, and we can do it if more companies and individuals get on our ‘Count Me In’ list.”
SOURCE: RV/MH Hall of Fame press release