On August 5th, Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis was featured on ABC’s “Secret Millionaire,” returning to his hometown of Miami to search for adults who are making a difference. This location was particularly emotional for him because Little Havana, a Miami suburb, was his childhood home and where he would soon have the opportunity to share a portion of his fortune, giving back to his own community.
For one week, Mr. Lemonis was required to shed his wealth and was given $34, a bug infested home and a 20 year old van regarded as, “a piece of humble pie.” During his adventure he visited 3 organizations making a difference in the community under the guise of learning about these programs and offering his manual labor. Lemonis assisted in a fundraiser for National Voices for Equality and Education (NVEE), a mentoring program focused on children affected by bullying. Next, as a handyman, he visited New Journeys, a home for girls aged out of foster care and potentially homeless, helping them get back on track. And finally, he worked at Neat Stuff, a clothing store that provides brand new clothing and school supplies to disadvantaged youth.
Lemonis was sincerely touched by the kindness and charity of his new friends; and at weeks end, presented each organization with generous monetary donations, even giving a motorhome to NVEE and establishing a trust fund for a special young woman. It was apparent that Lemonis accomplished his highest goal on his adventure, “to be a better human being.”
“LeadCrafters is sincerely grateful and honored for the privilege of working with Camping World.”, comments Chris Purser, LeadCrafters’ President. “The kind of heartfelt compassion and generosity shown by Mr. Lemonis is a far too rare thing to see. He is sincerely a role model for business owners as well as anyone with the means to do more than just survive.”.
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