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Chicago, IL – September 17, 2012 –Marcus Lemonis, Chairman & CEO of Camping World Inc. & Good Sam, continues his philanthropic efforts and involvement in the community in his home state of Florida after having been featured in an episode of ABC’s “Secret Millionaire” shot on location in Miami. The episode aired on August 5th, 2012. One of the charities which was featured in the episode, NVEEE honored Lemonis with the 2ndannual “Not on My Watch” Humanitarian Award at their Red Carpet VIP Fundraising event this past Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8PM.

Lemonis was first introduced to NVEEE when featured on the ABC show “Secret Millionaire”.  After seeing firsthand the difference NVEEE made in the lives of young South Floridians, Lemonis gave a substantial financial gift to NVEEE and has continued supporting the organization with their endeavors. 

The event was held at Highbar, atop the new Dream Hotel in South Beach to celebrate local heroes making a difference.  Lemonis is a highly respected community advocate for South Florida who is devoted to making a difference in the lives of young people in the community he was raised.  The fundraiser will benefit NVEEE’s “Not on My Watch” School-wide Bullying Prevention Program designed to initiate a systematic prevention network to reduce bullying incidents in school. 

Lemonis’ donation from “Secret Millionaire” provided NVEEE the opportunity to create a stellar curriculum with the “Not on My Watch” School-wide Bullying Prevention Program.  The program has now been approved to launch in three Broward County Public Schools and one Miami-Dade County School.  Lemonis attended the school in Miami, Riviera Preparatory School in Coral Gables, where the initial program in Miami is being launched.

To honor Marcus as the first private contributor, NVEEE’s premier donor society, The Lemonis Society, has been named in his honor.  His support helped to lay the foundation for NVEEE’s work and consequently caused a ripple effect throughout South Florida.  Lemonis also matched cash donations given at the event which totaled another donation from him of $10,000.

About Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis came from a notable beginning. He was abandoned in Beirut, Lebanon during the chaos of civil war and foreign invasions. At 9 months old, Lemonis was adopted and raised in Miami, Florida. He discovered the power of imposing his will at an early age. He liked to create action in people, places and things with the expectation to influence, evolve or improve the original. As Chairman & CEO of Camping World & Good Sam, Lemonis has been recognized as 2007 “Newsmaker of the Year” by RV Business Magazine; was named one of Crain’s Chicago “40 under 40” in 2005; and the 2008 Ernst & “Young Entrepreneur of the Year.” Lemonis’ charisma and drive to succeed have put him among the top leadership in the business world.  Lemonis leaves not just an impression but an imprint on everyone he meets and he’s never soon to be forgotten. Lemonis has the charisma that few possess. This magic formula is uncommon even among top leadership in the business world. With all his accomplishments, his most rewarding are those involving his charity and community involvement.

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