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RV/MH Hall of Fame gets $$ Boost

February 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Frontier Communications Corp. of Stamford, Conn. donated $10,000 to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. according to RVBusiness. A major provider of communications products to northern Indiana consumers, according to Tom McNulty, executive director and president of the museum, the funds will help maintain the financially struggling facility. Presenting the check on Tue., Jan. 31, Frontier chairwoman and CEO Maggie Wilderotter said, “We are very excited to make a contribution to the museum so we can keep the heritage of the RV industry alive and well. When we think about supporting our communities from a Frontier Communications perspective, we think broadly across what’s important in the communities that we serve. Providing them with funding to keep the museum going, we thought, was very important to the community.” MHProNews.com has learned McNulty said the HOF cash position is better than it has been in two years, and bookings for the conference center have increased.

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum Still Going

December 26th, 2011 Comments off

RVTimes tells MHProNews.com the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, has managed to keep its doors open despite a debt of nearly $5 million as of last April when Tom McNulty took the reins as executive director. He says, “There are some good things happening and actually our cash flow is better than it’s been in a couple of years. Attendance during the summer was 100 to 150 people a day and we are seeing greater returns from our convention center.” Noting that while continuing to operate in the red, he adds, “At times we think we see the light at the end of the tunnel, but then someone turns off the switch. It’s very frustrating to say the least.” The museum has a $900,000 line of credit with First Source Bank. The family of the late Boots Ingram, who founded Teton Homes, loaned the museum $3.1 million. Both loans were made when the economy was in better shape. Bill Garpow, chairman of the Hall of Fame, says discussion is ongoing with the Ingram family to help resolve the debt, and the convention center already has $100,000 in bookings for 2012. He notes, “The good news is that it’s hard to find anybody that doesn’t say we need the hall, that we need to support it, that it’s a good endeavor. That tells me that if people start feeling better about their situation, then our situation could also improve.”

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