A host of RV industry manufacturers and suppliers played a key role Thursday evening (Sept. 6) in helping to raise an impressive sum of $440,000 — up from $310,000 last year — for the 3rd Annual “Running with Spoons” celebrity chef competition benefiting Bashor Children’s Home in Goshen, Ind. As in past years, the fundraiser was held at the Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart, Ind. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by J. Tyler Klassen).
About 450 people attended the popular event at which volunteer chefs from throughout the community provide bite-size samples, oftentimes their favorite dish, for the crowd to taste and review. And the audience, largely made up of their supporters, friends and colleagues, donates money and votes for their preferences online. At the end of event, the participant raising the most money is declared winner of the Golden Spoon Award.
This year’s top fundraisers at the event sponsored by Nuway Construction and Forest River Inc. General Manager Don and his wife, Theresa, included:
- Marty Blenner and Ted Burton, Bashor Children’s Home: $50,763
- David Smith, Alpha Systems, and Nate Nickell, Crossroads RV: $40,803
- Mel Mattix, Crossroads RV, and Kosta Lambrou, Callahan’s: $26,026
- Gregg Fore and Sherm Goldenberg, RVBusiness: $25,978
- Ryan Casey, Lippert Components, and Ron Mullet, Forest River: $20,548
- Marc Anderson and John Kinsey, Foremost Fabricators: $18,173
- Jon and Meghan Wenger, Genesis Products: $11,408
- Meg Ryan, substitute teacher, and Troy Nusbaum, Airxcel: $10,813
- Amy Matherly and Susie Broderick, Proud Grandmas: $9,518
- Cody Schade, Forest River, Gina Schade, The 90/10 Life Cookbook: $9,135
- Jason and Julia Obendorf, ObeCo Inc.: $9,063
- Sarah Raymond, Patrick Industries Inc., and Lisa Chapman, Sharpline: $7,893
- Todd Meier and Andy Roeder, Bennington/Polaris: $6,919
- Jeff Showalter and Joe Caffee, First State Bank: $6,263
- Shawn and Alexis Klose, Images Jewelers: $5,423
The peoples’ choice for the best food offering went to Casey and Mullett for their shrimp and cheesy grits hors d’oeuvre.
At the end of the day, the Bashor Children’s Home, which serves a total of 68 trafficked and abused children per day and 213 last year, benefited greatly from the proceeds. Bashor also operates an alternative school which enrolled 172 young people last year.
“I am extremely pleased and Bashor is very blessed for the outpouring of support the community demonstrated last night,” Matt Hazelbaker, vice president of Goshen-based Genesis Products and a Bashor board member, told RVBUSINESS.com. “While I was certainly ecstatic about the amount of money raised for Bashor, I was equally as pleased that so many people in our community now have a greater understanding of what all Bashor Children’s Home provides to our community’s children — specifically the understanding of the need to expand our Bashor programs geared towards caring for the young victims of human trafficking, which is happening right here in our back yard.”
“And the (RV) industry really stood up and supported Bashor, which has never been an organization that our industry has supported in a big way, even though it’s been around for 90-plus years. And I’m just happy that we could spread our message about what’s happening with trafficked young girls and the industry rose to the occasion.”