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KOA chairman will be not be ‘Uncover’ in Elkhart visit

While KOA Chairman/CEO Jim Rogers is in town for the RV Power Breakfast next month, he will spend a weekend at the Middlebury KOA campground, where he will screen his "Undercover Boss" appearance as the campground raises money for the KOA cancer charity.
Justin Leighty
Posted on April 22, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 22, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — When Jim Rogers comes to Elkhart County next month for the RV Power Breakfast, the KOA chairman will stick around through Mother’s Day weekend and stay at the local KOA.

The weekend will give local campers two chances: They’ll get to screen Rogers’ “Undercover Boss” episode and hear about his experience taping the show, and they’ll also get to help out the KOA charity effort to help children with cancer.

Rogers will speak May 9 at the inaugural RV Power Breakfast at the RV/MH Hall of Fame east of Elkhart, bringing his camping-industry experience to the RV manufacturers and dealer groups who will attend.

He’ll stick around to help promote the major fund-raising weekend for KOA Care Camps, a network of 52 specialized summer camps across North America for children with cancer. The 10th-annual event raises money to give the children a free week of summer camp.

“KOA Care Camps are very dear to my heart, and I’m so proud that my campers are able to help out these special children at a time when they really need the relief that at Care Camp brings,” said Elkhart County/Middlebury KOA owner Hope Perkins in a written announcement about the event. “For thousands of children each summer, KOA Care Camps are an important part of their cure.”

Rogers said, “I can’t wait to come to the Elkhart County/Middlebury KOA to help our campers get a great start on their summer camping season. We’re going to have a ton of fun, and I know owner Hope Perkins has a full weekend of great activities planned that will certainly make it a weekend to remember.”

Rogers went undercover for an episode of the CBS series “Undercover Boss” in January, and after an ice cream social Friday, May 10, campers at the Elkhart County KOA will get to watch the episode and hear Rogers’ insider perspective.

Campers who pay to stay Friday night get the next night free, and get to enjoy a vendor and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including children’s crafts and a fishing tournament. There’s also a haystack supper followed by a silent auction and a live auction which benefit the charity along with the vendor booth fees.

Sunday morning will feature church services, followed by a pancake breakfast.

Campers can make reservations by phone at 800-562-5892 or online at http://e2.ma/click/xiq6d/19pjue/9blfs.



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