While Allied Specialty Vehicles is leaving Wakarusa, Ind., it’s leaving on a high note, giving Hello Gorgeous! more than charity founders Mike and Kim Becker expected.
As reported by The Elkhart Truth, the Beckers and others affiliated with Hello Gorgeous! went to the Monaco/Holiday Rambler office expecting to have their nearly 20-year-old Holiday Rambler presented to them with a makeover. “They had thought they were getting their bus with a makeover, which they needed it,” said Ashley Krieg, an Elkhart businesswoman who volunteers with the charity, donates to it and was on hand Friday, July 12.
Kim Becker said their motorhome had suffered water damage and was showing enough wear she didn’t think she could drive it safely on long trips, but a company representative contacted them and arranged to fix it up.
When the employees rolled out “Hope,” the refurbished Endeavour motorhome, Becker said, “They brought it out and it was beautiful and gorgeous and I couldn’t have asked for more … and then they said come on, you have to get back on stage.
“All of a sudden here comes this second bus with our logo on it and I started to sob. It was just completely overwhelming.”
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Holiday Rambler, a division of Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), presented a new 2012 Ambassador motorcoach to Hello Gorgeous! of Hope Inc., a South Bend, Ind.-based organization that provides complimentary, professional makeovers and cosmetic education to women battling cancer.
In addition, ASV also completely refurbished the organization’s well-traveled vintage Holiday Rambler “Gorgeous! Endeavor” mobile day spa, according to a press release.
In a ceremony on July 12 at the current manufacturing facility In Wakarusa, Ind., Holiday Rambler presented Hello Gorgeous! with not only its refurbished Endeavor motorhome, but surprised the nonprofit with a new 2012 Ambassador. Both of the units had their own “makeover” at the Wakarusa facility and “are a testament to the dedication of Holiday Rambler’s employees whose hard work will be seen and felt for years to come by this worthwhile organization and those it benefits,” the release stated.
Additionally, one of Holiday Rambler’s own employees who is battling cancer was surprised with a Hello Gorgeous! makeover.
Holiday Rambler has a strong heritage of motorhome manufacturing in Indiana, including Elkhart County. As such, the company saw this as an opportunity to not only give back to a worthy cause, but especially to help one of its dedicated employees.
“I can’t think of a better way to support one of our much-deserving employees and an incredibly worthy cause at the same time,” said Mike Snell, president of Holiday Rambler. “Hello Gorgeous! uplifts women who are meeting one of life’s greatest challenges and we commend their efforts.”