20170118Ally Financial Inc. and RVBusiness this week (Jan. 18) presented the 2016 Arthur J. Decio Humanitarian Award for exceptional charitable outreach to Windish RV Center of suburban Denver. Carolyn Windish Irwin, owner and president of the two-store Lakewood dealership which ranks as Colorado’s top towable retailer for seven years running, received the award for her selfless charitable contributions to the community. The Decio Award sponsored by Ally is named for legendary Skyline Corp. founder Art Decio who has played a prominent philanthropic role for years around the RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind. The award is presented annually to one of RVB’s Top 50 Dealer Award winners. Ally’s Tammy Linkfield, director of recreational finance Western USA, and Sherman Goldenberg, publisher of RVBusiness, presented Irwin with the award as well as a grant of $5,000 to Windish RV to further support two of the dealership’s preferred charities — Colorado Youth at Risk, providing mentors and tutors for at-risk kids, and Sense of Security, supporting women with breast cancer. Irwin also serves on the board of directors for the Action Center in Denver, a group providing immediate response to basic human needs and a pathway to self-sufficiency for which she has helped raise $400,000 over the past two years. On hand for the luncheon and check presentation were (left to right) Goldenberg, Jim Humble, general manager of Windish RV, Irwin, Tim Taravella from Sense of Security, Sanai Fennell and Glenna Norvelle from Youth at Risk, and Ally’s Linkfield.