Texas Dealer Gives $265K to Fallen Heroes Fund
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund announced Sept. 26 it has received $265,000 in donations from Motor Home Specialist to support the construction of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers at military bases around the country, designed to provide new hope for returning service members coping with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.
Located in Alvarado, Texas, Motor Home Specialist (MHS) in July began pledging $1,000 from the sale of every new RV to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF). After selling 108 RVs in the month of July, the company extended the promotion to run through the end of “The World’s RV Show,” an RV trade show hosted by MHS in September. When the show concluded Sept. 14th, the company had sold 265 RVs through the promotion.
“We are extremely honored to make this donation on behalf of Motor Home Specialist and thank our loyal customers who helped make this possible,” said Donny O’Banion, company CEO. “Donating to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was an overwhelmingly positive experience for our family and our team. We are incredibly proud to do our part in supporting our nation’s service members.”
Founded in 1996 by Doug O’Banion, MHS currently employs three generations of the O’Banion family, and is now co-owned by Doug and his four sons including — SFC Patrick O’Banion, who served in the US Army for 22 years before returning to the family business.
“As I have said before, I believe the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to be the most veteran-friendly organization in the country with almost all of the proceeds raised going to those who deserve our unyielding thanks and to the families of those fallen heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said SFC O’Banion.
“We are extremely grateful to Motor Home Specialist and its customers for supporting Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund,” said David Winters, IFHF president. “Members of our armed forces — like SFC Patrick O’Banion — deserve the very best from us. Thanks to businesses like Motor Home Specialist, we will be able to provide thousands of service members across the country, coping with the effects of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, with the treatment they need and deserve.”
The funds raised by MHS will support Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund’s $100 million campaign to fund the construction of nine state-of-the-art NICoE Satellite Centers, located at military bases and medical centers around the country. The first of these centers opened on September 11th at Ft. Belvoir, Va., and the second is scheduled to open in October at Camp Lejeune, N.C., while a third is currently under construction at Ft. Campbell, Ken., and will open in 2014. Each center is designed to diagnose and treat service members without having to separate them from their units or leave their families for extended periods of treatment.