Mick and Lora Ferkey of Greeneway Inc., a Route 66 RV dealer in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., have made a $5,000 donation to the RV Learning Center, bringing their lifetime contribution to $18,300. According to a press release, the RV Learning Center kicked off its annual fundraising campaign during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas.
“The Ferkeys’ generous and continued support of the RV Learning Center shows their commitment to bettering our industry,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ohio. “We know their contribution will advance excellence in our businesses, expand professional development opportunities for RV retail employees and improve customer satisfaction.”
The RV Learning Center is dedicated to providing dealers and their employees with innovative ways to operate RV dealerships through an array of education resources including publications, distance learning, live workshops, online products, training and certification programs for RV dealership personnel.
For more information on the Foundation’s RV Learning Center, visit www.rvlearningcenter.com, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a fax to (703) 359-0152.
The RVDA Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center will award 10, $500 scholarships to the 2009 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct 6-9.
These scholarships are made available through the generous support of Greeneway Inc., an RV dealership in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Any RVDA member dealer or dealership employee who is not currently registered for the next RV Dealers International Convention/Expo is eligible to apply for a scholarship. This means a new registration from a dealership not already registered for the convention, or an additional employee registration from a dealership already registered. Dealerships can use the $500 scholarship to defray travel costs, hotel rooms, or the convention registration fee.
“This is a very important convention and I know some dealers would like to attend or send additional people, but are unable to do so this year,” said Mick Ferkey of Greeneway Inc. “This is our dealership’s way of giving back to an industry that has been very good to us and also get more people to the convention.”
Ferkey serves on RVDA’s board of directors and as the association’s Marketing Task Force Committee chairman.
“It is truly a remarkable gesture for a dealer to make a scholarship program available to other dealers,” said RVDA Education Foundation chairman of the board Rick Horsey of Parkview RV Center in Smyrna, Del. “Thanks to Mick and Greeneway, more dealership personnel will be able to take advantage of the outstanding educational opportunities available at this year’s convention.”
Once awarded, scholarships will be paid to the dealership upon receipt of a paid, new convention registration. Convention registration fees are non-refundable. Scholarship recipients will be selected at random from the qualified applications received. Deadline to return application forms is Aug. 28. Recipients will be notified by Aug. 31. Application forms are available at www.rvda.org and www.rvlearningcenter.com.
Other companies can donate to the RVDA Education Foundation to make more scholarships available or support the RV Learning Center’s ongoing educational efforts. Visit www.rvlearningcenter.com or send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information. The RVDA Education Foundation is a tax-exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions may be tax deductible as charitable donations.