November '18

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110 • RV PRO • November 2018 rv-pro.com B U S I N E S S "It was kind of a no-brainer. We sup- port the armed services and all the people that have sacrificed to give us the free- doms we have and allows this industry and people to enjoy the RV lifestyle," Miller says. "We build demos every year, company demos for employees to use, and the timing of the trip is perfect. We switch over to our new model in May and keep one for them to use as their com- munications hub for two to three weeks. "We're blessed. The people that fought the wars and kept us a free country are the reason we can enjoy the lifestyle we do, the product we build and customers we have," he adds. "If it wasn't for the freedom we have we wouldn't be able to do what we do." VetsRoll uses the Newmar motor- home for two to three weeks as its com- munications hub, running the trip from the comfort of the motorhome. Meanwhile, the charity continues to receive support from the commu- nity the dealership calls home. In 2011, the Walworth County Fair in Elkhorn (Wisconsin's largest county fair) named VetsRoll as its preferred charity and raised more than $15,000 at the one event. VetsRoll continues to be the fair's charity of choice and the fundraiser is annually the largest. It Takes a Village As Finnegans' RV Center prepares to celebrate 50 years in business next year and the legacy left by founder Cy and Barbara Finnegan, Mark Finnegan says it takes a village of great employees and volunteers to make sure both the dealership and VetsRoll continue to operate at full strength. "It's thanks to great employees," he says. "And my brother, John, and his wife, Darlene, helped start this and he is the one behind the scenes who keeps everything going at work. I split up my days between family, work and VetsRoll. "The volunteers we have number into the hundreds. We use a program, Signup.com, and have fundraisers all year long," Finnegan says. "It takes hundreds and hundreds of people." The next VetsRoll trip to Wash- ington, D.C., is scheduled for May 19-22, 2019. For more information, visit www.vetsroll.org. Two fire trucks hoist a giant American flag over the highway leading to Washington, D.C., as the VetsRoll caravan passes by. Many communities along the route the caravan travels past turn out to recognize the veterans for the sacrifices they made for their country. Motorcyclists ride alongside the VetsRoll caravan, showing their support for WWII and Korean War veterans as well as Rosie the Riveters.

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