The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum announced that during the first month of its fundraiser to raise $100,000 in donations to meet the Ingram family’s $100,000 Challenge, the Hall has received $55,955 in contributions, Darryl Searer, president of the Hall, stated in a news release.
In an act of continuing generosity toward the Hall, the Robert “Boots” Ingram family has offered a $100,000 matching “Let’s Pay off the Bank” challenge, if a like amount can be raised by individual donations before the end of August.
“Boots” Ingram, founder of Teton Homes and former member of the Hall’s board of directors, passed away in 2010, and part of his legacy is his unprecedented support and generosity toward the Hall.
According to Searer, individual donations have ranged from $5 to $25,000.
Searer said, “We are excited about the success of this fund-raising effort so far in trying to reach our goal of $100,000 in donations before the deadline, August 31, 2012. This success, to a large degree, is because of two $25,000 donations — one by Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC.; and the other by Hall of Famer Don Wallace, co-founder of Lazydays RV Super Center.
“We hope other industry members who have become financially able in the RV and Manufactured Housing industries will feel challenged by the contributions of Lemonis and Wallace and step up and do their part in helping us preserve our industries’ heritage.
“And while we need and appreciate these larger contributions, I am inspired by the willingness of individuals, dealers and groups who have reached into their pockets to do their part. We need everyone’s help if we are going to meet this challenge.”
One-hundred percent of the challenge grant contributions will go toward paying down the Hall’s bank loan at 1st Source Bank and all gifts are tax deductable.
Searer added, “While we are encouraged by our early success, we still need to raise $44,045 before the deadline.
For those who would like to make a contribution toward the Ingram family’s $100,000 challenge grant, the Hall has made it easy to contribute. Contributions can be made through the Hall’s secure web site, www.rvmhhalloffame.org or by mail, phone or fax. If paying by check or money order, make payable to the RV/MH Hall of Fame. The Hall’s mailing address is: Ingram Challenge, RV/MH Hall of Fame, 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart, IN 46514.
The family of Robert “Boots” Ingram has announced that a memorial service for the late founder of Teton Homes will be held Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in Denver.
Ingram, a major benefactor of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc.’s RV/MH Hall of Fame who was himself inducted into the Hall in 2003, passed away Sept. 23. A staunch supporter of the RV industry, Ingram also was a member of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) for 33 years and was active in the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) throughout the 1970s and ‘80s.
The memorial service will be held at the Central Presbyterian Church on the corner of 17th Avenue and Sherman Street. A buffet dinner celebration to honor Boots’ life will follow at the nearby Warwick Hotel. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Warwick for attendees; the reservation deadline is Oct. 29. Guests can register by calling (303) 861-2000 and mentioning the Ingram group.
Anyone planning to attend is asked to contact Katie Ingram by October 17th at (307) 797-3388, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teton Homes Corp. founder Robert “Boots” Ingram passed away Thursday (Sept. 23) after a courageous battle with heart, kidney and respiratory ailments.
Ingram, 80, was a member of — and major benefactor to — the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc.’s RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.
Ingram, best known as the founder in 1966 of Mills, Wyo.-based Teton Homes, a high-line towable manufacturer, was a member of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) for 33 years, having served six years on its board of directors. He also was active in the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) throughout the 1970s and ‘80s.
Ingram — who earned his nickname as a child, wearing oversized boots while working in his father’s meat shop — was a graduate of Elkhart High School. He attended DePauw University before setting his sights on the RV industry, founding Strato Track, a manufacturer of sliding-door tracks for motorhomes, in 1954. He went on to found Teton, which eventually settled in Wyoming in 1967.
Ingram’s Teton, specializing in luxury fifth-wheels with tasteful interiors, was viewed as an industry innovator and was one of the first to install EPDM roof membranes. Teton in 1990 developed the first full electronic slideout room in the 15- to 18-foot range, more than doubling the 8-foot-long slideouts then in use. Teton also is credited with designing the first rear-bay-window concept utilizing a five-window wrap-around arrangement.
Ingram, whose son, Tony, had purchased the company from his father and is himself a Hall of Fame inductee, also owned and developed industrial, residential and business parks and built modular community correction facilities in South Dakota and Wyoming.
A staunch supporter of the RV industry, Ingram, again, was a major promoter and benefactor of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, financing the $1.5 million, 20,000-square-foot “Boots” & Betty Ingram Hall addition that currently houses the David Woodworth collection of pre-World War II RVs.
Ingram was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 2003 and in 2008 received the second annual “RV/MH Hall of Fame” award for his leadership and support of the Hall’s programs and development. More recently, Ingram was also known as a key supporter of the Go RVing campaign, which encourages people to get out in the great outdoors and enjoy the lifestyle that he loved so much.
Ingram was active in the Presbyterian Church, and was also a member of the Elkhart 425 Elks Club for more than 50 years. He is survived by Betty, his wife of 62 years, five children, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
RVIA President Richard Coon issued the following statement on the passing of Ingram:
“RVIA mourns the passing of Robert Boots’ Ingram, one of the RV industry’s true pioneers and innovators. He was a strong supporter of RVIA and provided tremendous leadership and guidance during his tenure on the association’s Board of Directors. He was a passionate advocate for the Go RVing effort. But more importantly, he was a man of great character and kindness. His proud legacy lives on with the “Boots” and Betty Ingram Hall at the RV/MH Hall of Fame, which stands as a testament to his generosity and love of the RV industry.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. He will be profoundly missed.”