Camping World President and CEO Marcus Lemonis had a hand in turning the ZCenter’s 10th Annual “Have A Heart/Heal A Heart” Casino Night fundraiser on Oct. 1 into the most successful dinner fundraiser in the agency’s history – netting $209,000 for their children’s advocacy and counseling programs.
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center, based in northern Chicago, provides survivors of sexual assault or abuse with comprehensive, confidential, services at no charge including: medical and legal advocacy, emergency room and police sensitivity training, 24-hour crisis hotline and crisis intervention services, and counseling for both individuals and groups. The center’s Community Education department also provides prevention education to thousands of area school children each year.
“Marcus was absolutely phenomenal,” said ZCenter’s Director of Development Joe Howard. “He pushed the auction to record numbers and strengthened people’s participation to the cause every step of the way. He made everyone who is connected to our organization very proud.”
In addition to bringing two tables full of guests, Camping World and Good Sam donated numerous RV rentals, VIP ticket packages to concerts, racing and entertainment events.
“Marcus is passionate about doing everything possible to support ZCenter’s vital programs and services for survivors of rape and incest, and we at Camping World and Good Sam are looking forward to welcoming the evening’s winning bidders to our signature events, including ‘The Tim McGraw Tour’,” said Zrinka Allen, executive vice president of Camping World and Good Sam, and longtime ZCenter supporter.