Editor’s Note: This column on the passing of Tents for Troops founder Charlie Curry was written by Art Lieberman, president of MCPS for Campgrounds, a credit card processor sponsored by Woodforest Bank and also founder of Campground Advocate, a telemarketing service.
Few people in the campground industry have been admired as much as Charlie Curry. He was big of stature and big of heart. Charlie passed away earlier this month at age 62.
Charlie lived in Castle Rock, Wash., and was the owner of Toutle Rock RV Resort, but for the last decade Charlie had operated Tents for Troops (T4T).
T4T is an organization which offers campground owners the opportunity to provide space for active military members and their families for a minimum of two day stays. T4T provides the tents and the campground owner provides the space and access to the campground’s facilities.
T4T is a 501C3 nonprofit charity, so campground owners can claim the expenses as a deduction on their taxes, while rewarding America’s active military personnel and their families with a respite from the vigor of battle and stress.
Charlie had worked tirelessly promoting his charity to businesses, dealers, campgrounds and suppliers in the industry and had even been successful in securing RVs so that active personnel could stay in them too, at no charge. He did this by traveling extensively visiting military bases and RV shows to promote his nonprofit and making new friends along the way.
In a past life, Charlie Curry was the manager of a band and owned a promotional company. Some celebrities came to his aid to promote T4T, notably Willie Nelson and Vegas star Wayne Newton. But it was campground owners that made T4T work to the extent that it did.
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