Andy Crean, spokesperson for The Crean Foundation, announced that the foundation honoring his father John C. Crean, founder of Fleetwood Enterprises, has pledged $100,000 toward the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge fund raising campaign.
The Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge campaign was launched in October 2014 when Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes Inc., pledged $200,000 to help the RV/MH Hall of Fame become debt free in five years.
Clayton challenged other large and small companies, as well as individuals, in the manufactured housing industry to step up and help raise a total of $1 million.
Since that time, many MH companies and individuals have made pledges and donations.
Darryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, described the manufactured homes industry’s support of the challenge as “fantastic.”
“The Crean Foundation’s pledge of $100,000 brings the total pledges and donations to $467,573, which is pretty amazing since the campaign is only about four months old,” Searer said.
Searer pointed out although he is encourage by the early support of the campaign, he’s not becoming complacent.
“We are nearing 50 percent of our goal and that means we still have 50 percent to go,” he said. “There’s more work to be done. This is an excellent opportunity for those who have made a good living from the MH industry to give back to their industry in a way that will have a lasting effect and also enhance their own legacy. And if they do, I’m confident that we will meet our goal.”
Judy Jankowski, the Hall’s vice president of development, is contacting other leaders in the MH industry asking for their support of the campaign.
“It’s encouraging to see so many individuals making pledges and donations toward the campaign,” Searer said. “Individual pledges and donations of $100 to $500 have generated $8,400 since the campaign launched. We’ll need a lot more of these gifts if we are to meet our goal.”
Those companies and individuals who would like to participate by making a pledge or donation can visit www.rvmhhalloffame.org/clayton_challenge.cfm.