Since launching the $1 million Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge in September 2014, over 125 individuals, organizations and companies have pledged more than $797,300. According to a press release, the initiative kicked off with a $200,000 pledge by Kevin Clayton on behalf of Clayton Homes Inc.

Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, credits Barry Cole, chairman emeritus of the Hall and president of MH Insurance Services, with spearheading the successful campaign. “Barry has been relentless in urging his fellow manufactured housing industry colleagues to join the ‘Count Me In; list of donors through personal contacts and speaking at various industry events,” Searer said. “He has also supervised our ongoing e-mail fundraisers that have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

The idea to start the debt elimination plan for the Hall is a result of Cole’s conversations with Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes. According to Cole, after realizing the progress at the Hall and noting its sound management, board assurances to never borrow again and the Hall’s very positive financial position, Clayton pledged $200,000 through his company.

Clayton said, “Barry’s leadership and the importance of this led me to do a personal pledge of $25,200, along with our company’s pledge. I hope others will follow at some level, and we can set up this facility for a beautiful debt-free future.”

Cole said, “Kevin has absolutely helped make an enormous difference to the elimination of the Hall’s debt which is in achievable sight. We all thank Kevin for the additional $25,200, and hopefully other strong RV and MH leaders will follow his example with small or large donations.

“It’s time to finish this off, and we can do it if more companies and individuals get on our ‘Count Me In list.”

Donations can be made on the Hall’s web site (http://www.rvmhhalloffame.org/clayton_challenge.cfm) and pledge forms are available for download.