Slideshow: 17th Bids For Kids Auction Nets $1.5M

May 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 17th Annual Bids for Kids charity auction and dinner, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County, was held at the Northern Indiana Event Center in the RV/MH Hall of Fame last Saturday (May 6).  About 800 guests and volunteers made the night a resounding success by bidding on 200 silent and live auction items and donating money through a “Cash Call” event where attendees raised their paddles to give at various levels between $250 and $5,000. The night’s proceeds,... Read more

17th Annual Bids For Kids Dinner to Kick off May 6

April 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Bids for Kids auction drew 730 last year The 17th Annual Bids for Kids dinner and auction event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County will return to the Northern Indiana Event Center at Elkhart’s RV/MH Hall of Fame starting at 5:30 p.m. on May 6. The evening will include live and silent auctions of more than 50 items, with a catered dinner and cash bar provided by Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Attendees are invited to wear their favorite team jerseys to match the event’s... Read more

RV Industry Steps Up to Fund Boys & Girls Club

December 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Since Lippert Components Inc. CEO Jason Lippert issued an “RV Challenge” in October asking industry leaders to fund a $2.5 million share of a $9 million capital campaign for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County, the RV arena has been stepping up in a big way. “We have received just over $2 million and continue to work toward closing more opportunities toward the $2.5 million goal,” Lippert reports. RV Challenge donations are earmarked for the two urban locations – the Goshen and... Read more

Lippert Spearheads Boys & Girls Club Fund Drive

October 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert Lippert Components Inc. CEO Jason Lippert is spearheading a special fund drive on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart and Goshen, Ind., in the hope that the RV industry will answer — to the tune of $2.5 million — the “RV Challenge” portion of a $9 million capital campaign to fund urgently-needed building projects at the two locations. Lippert, who has organized a widely successful annual fall auction for the Goshen club for a number of years, said both facilities... Read more

Fla. RV Resort Undergoes a ‘Complete Overhaul’

March 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Wekiva Falls RV resort on Memorial Day 2014 When Gary Ott first laid eyes on Wekiva Falls RV Resort in 2007, it was a wreck. As reported by Woodall’s Campground Management, the man who developed the Central Florida property 30 years before and ran it with his wife had passed away, leaving his widow to manage the 100-acre, 800-site park alone. It had fallen into grave disrepair and devolved from a popular camping destination into the worst trailer-park stereotype. Ott decided it was perfect... Read more

Social Site Expanding Community

September 25, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Editor’s Note: The following article outlining the growth of, an RV-specific social networking site, appears in the latest issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. To access the full article click here. “Wouldn’t you rather be running a village and not just a parking lot?” That’s a question posed to campground owners in a video about, a social networking site specifically for RVers launched last March. Founder and RVer Curtis Coleman has been getting... Read more

ARVC Launching ‘Content Marketing’ Initiative

August 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A public relations initiative and consumer research project by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is making customer connections and compiling consumer information for member parks. “We’re very excited about new opportunities that will help us communicate better and change what channels we use, or more effectively use the channels we have, to reach both consumers and potentials and bring them to the marketplace,” reported Jennifer Schwartz, ARVC vice president... Read more

Spring Thaw is Helping Campground Suppliers

April 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The long-awaited relief from a winter that broke records in high snow accumulation, low temperatures and long stretches of cold is bringing reports from all sectors in the campground industry that pre-season activities are getting back on track – welcome news for park operators and suppliers alike. Even in mid-March, when most summer-season campgrounds would normally be getting into opening-day preparations and purchases, things were still extremely quiet on the northern front. Woodall’s... Read more

Tickets for ‘Bids For Kids’ Event Nearly Sold Out

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Boys & Girls Club members enjoy camp program last summer Michilah Miller, director of development and special events for the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen, Ind., reported that the RV industry-supported 14th Annual “Bids for Kids” Dinner & Auction fundraiser on May 3 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart is “nearly sold out.” “We are close to capacity with around 650 people, so if anyone wants to sign up, they need to do it by next week at the latest,” she said. “I... Read more

Winter Weather Hurts Campgrounds & Suppliers

March 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Snow piles up at Harvest Farm Campground Resort in Iowa Extreme winter weather in some regions of the U.S. has taken a toll on the campground industry, and not just among park owners. Suppliers report sales are flagging in the northern regions that were hardest hit. “This winter is killing retail. January was one of our worst months ever,” said Jessica Ellenbecker, co-owner with Steve Burnham of campground store supplier All Things Jerky. While normal springtime events remain on their schedule,... Read more

2014 WACO Convention Reports Strong Turnout

March 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Exhibitor displays saw steady traffic during WACO convention The 2014 Wisconsin Campground Owners Association (WACO) convention March 12-16 in Stevens Point was a “grand show with a ton of participation,” according to Executive Director Lori Severson. The show was larger this year with 262 attendees from 99 campgrounds, and Severson reported that many extended their stay to include the full five days. “We had many people that came for one and two days, but then we had a pretty good number that... Read more

RV Industry Key Backer of ‘Bids For Kids’ Event

March 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Boys & Girls Club members enjoy camp program last summer Representing a night of RV industry-generated philanthropy, the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen in Elkhart County will hold its 14th Annual Bids for Kids Dinner & Auction May 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. The event has been increasingly flooded with attendees and supporters from across the RV industry, according to the club’s director of development and special events, Michilah Miller, who reported that... Read more

California Campground Honored for ‘Excellence’

February 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Santee Lakes rental offerings sit on the water Nestled in the mountains about 20 minutes outside of San Diego, Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve & Campground in Santee, Calif., recently received the 2013 Large Park of the Year and Plan It Green awards from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) for excellence in business and environmentally conscious practices. Woodall’s Campground Management reported that the 190-acre property includes seven stocked lakes, 300 full-hookup... Read more

Award-Winning Tenn. Campground Finds Niche

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Big Meadow Family Campground Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains in the sleepy one-traffic-light town of Townsend, Tenn., lies a quiet, tidy 14-acre property owned and operated by Malcolm and Barbara Johnson and their son Greg Johnson. This is Big Meadow Family Campground, the newest winner of the Small Park of the Year award from the National Association of RV Parks and ampgrounds (ARVC). According to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management, Big Meadow is actually part campground and... Read more

RVIC Meeting, Tour Spotlights Legislative Issues

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Bowersox, IMHA-RVIC executive director The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council’s (IMHA-RVIC) annual Fall Campground Meeting & Tour at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont, Ind., Sept. 24 included a keynote address on best practices and ways to increase ancillary income by Kelly Jones, director of franchisee development for Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI). LSI, headquartered in Milford, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb, markets the Jellystone... Read more

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