The Good Sam Club and its members helped 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 and 2,033 rigs.
According to a press release, the collective donations 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.”
• RVing Accessibility Group: At the Louisville Good Sam Rally, 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.
• Flags4Vets: 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.
• Habitat for Humanity and NOMADS: The Good Sam Club donated $13,000 in honor of Good Sam’s RVers of the Year, Joyce and John Williams, with $10,000 going to Habitat for Humanity and $3,000 to Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Services (NOMADS).
• Dogs for the Deaf: Good Sam members donated $10,412 in at the Louisville and Phoenix Good Sam Rallies to Dogs for the Deaf, in addition to $45,000 donated by the Good Sam Club. The Oregon-based program rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to assist people with a variety of challenges, from hearing loss to autism.
• Project Linus: 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.
Metro Animal Services: 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 homes with Good Sam members at the event.