Thor’s Martin Donates $5,000 to Hall Fundraiser

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January 4, 2013 by   Comments Off on Thor’s Martin Donates $5,000 to Hall Fundraiser

Thor President and COO Bob Martin (right) and Darryl Searer (left), Hall of Fame president.

Bob Martin, president and COO of Thor Industries Inc., recently made a personal contribution of $5,000 toward the RV/MH Heritage Foundation’s “Burn the Bank Note” campaign.

According to a press release, Martin presented his check in December following Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ visit to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum when he presented his 2004 campaign motorhome to the museum which is on loan from the Indiana State Museum.

Thor sponsored the presentation of the event.

“The RV museum is a wonderful testament to the innovators and product innovations that have made the RV industry successful and resilient for over 100 years,” Martin said. “We are proud to support this beautiful display of vintage and historically significant RVs.”

Hall President Darryl Searer noted, “Bob’s personal donation is evidence that his commitment to the Hall’s success goes beyond Thor Industries’ continuing support. In addition to this contribution Bob was a driving force in Thor’s decision earlier this year to contribute $25,000 and another $25,000 from the Thompson Family Foundation Inc., a charitable foundation created by Wade F.B. Thompson, Thor co-founder.”

The “Burn the Bank Note” campaign’s goal is to raise $150,000 in voluntary contributions by April 30. If that goal is reached the Robert “Boots” Ingram family has offered a $50,000 challenge grant, and that would pay off the Hall’s bank note to 1st Source Bank.

Searer said that the bank loan to 1st Source Bank has gone from $840,000 in early 2012 to only about $200,000 now.

The RV/MH Heritage Foundation is a 501-c3 not-for-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible. Gifts may be made by mail, in person at the Hall, by phone at (800) 378-8694, or through the Hall’s web site at”

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