In the absence of the Maryland RV Show this year, Beckley’s RVs of Thurmont decided to take matters into their own hands.
The business hosted its own sale and took an additional, charitable step. Beckley’s donated $100 from each sale to local youth mentorship organization I Believe in Me, Inc. in an effort to “support local,” especially given the difficulty of the past year, company representatives said.
Over the course of the 11-day sale, 107 RVs were sold, meaning $10,700 went to I Believe in Me.
“Through some networking with people that we know in the community and the Downtown Partnership, we looked at a few different options and really liked what I Believe in Me is doing,” said Dan Zboyan, a sales manager at Beckley’s. “[We] certainly wanted to try to give back to the community, as they are spending a lot of time and effort putting back into people that have been affected by the COVID virus.”
Zboyan said he hopes the funds help I Believe in Me continue its local food drive efforts and giving back to the community.
Mike Boerum, another sales manager at Beckley’s, said they were trying to stress “local charity for the community.”
“We’ve been so fortunate to survive all this that ... it feels good to give back to the Frederick area,” he said.
Aje Hill, executive director of I Believe in Me, said when he found out about the “magical fundraiser” Beckley’s was doing, it was a win-win because it was around the time of the United Way of Frederick County’s Unity Campaign.
“We were blessed this year to be a first-time organization, a part of the Unity Campaign, so we set our goals kind of low to make sure we could meet our goals,” he said. “And when this fundraiser came about and they called with the results and how much they raised from the fundraiser—grace, gratitude, thankfulness that we could take $10,700 and give it to the Unity Campaign to receive matched funds from the community to make this investment larger.”
And they do have big plans.
“I Believe in Me is growing,” Hill said. “With COVID-19, more trauma needs in the community, we are ... doing due diligence to get our own facility in Frederick County.”
The funds from Beckley’s, matched by the Unity Campaign, will go into I Believe in Me’s capital funding to be put toward getting a building so the organization can continue to meet youth where they are.
Hill said he wanted to thank “the ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” including his board of directors, board chair and people that support, pray, invest, donate, volunteer and participate in the mission.
“Alone we do so little, but as you see, together we can do so much,” he said. “So it’s just an honor and a privilege to serve during this pandemic and moving out of the pandemic.”