The Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds raised more than $16,000 in its annual fundraising auction Wednesday (May 9) night, which took place during the half-way point of the association’s 2012 Conference and Expo.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to pay for the association’s scholarship fund and educational programs, said Bobby Cornwell, executive director of Florida ARVC, which is holding its annual conference at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach.

According to a press release, about 70 representatives from 42 parks in Florida, Alabama and South Carolina were participating in the event along with representatives from 28 companies that provide products and services to the campground industry.

Wednesday’s activities included Florida ARVC’s annual business meeting and an election of board members and officers. Officers selected for one-year terms include Chairman Pat O’Neill of Camping on the Gulf in Destin; Vice Chairman Tim Deputy of Sun-N-Fun RV Resort in Sarasota; Treasurer Chris Long of the Central Park of Haines City; Secretary Don Hilgeman of Lake Waldena Resort in Silver Springs; with Bob Little of Flamingo Lake RV Resort in Jacksonville as immediate past chairman.

Board members elected to three-year terms included O’Neill of Camping on the Gulf, representing the northwest; Ed Schneider of Ocean Grove RV Resort in St. Augustine Beach, representing the northeast; John Parkhurst of Holiday Travel Resort in Orlando, representing the central region; and Carl Ludecke of Olde Mill Stream RV Resort in Umatilla, who will serve as an at-large representative from the central east area. Ray Seigneurie of Newby Management was also elected as a representative for Florida’s southeast region.

Silvana Clark provided an entertaining keynote presentation highlighting some of the things campground owners can learn from reality TV shows, while Jeff Crider, ARVC’s publicist, provided a seminar on how to get your park into the news. An exhibitor reception and trade show also took place in late afternoon.

Jeff Sims, who heads up ARVC’s state relations and program advocacy, served as the auctioneer for Wednesday night’s auction, which took place before a dinner and live music on the top floor of the Shores Resort & Spa.

Today’s activities include a morning tradeshow and several educational seminars, including “Managing the Millennials as Employees,” by Silvana Clark; an update on federal labor laws in Florida, by William Richardson, Jr. of the U.S. Department of Labor; and a presentation by John Barron of GravityFree titled “Making sense of Internet marketing.” A conference luncheon was also scheduled with group discussions, a legislative update and question and answer session.

Based in Tallahassee, the Florida ARVC represents 380 parks in Florida and 18 in Alabama.