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Chicago, IL – July 23, 2012 – Camping World and Good Sam have announced today that Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis will be featured on an episode in the upcoming season of ABC’s “Secret Millionaire” this summer.  This will be Lemonis’ third philanthropic appearance on television in the past year.  Lemonis has also appeared on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice”(March 2011) which helped to raise over a million dollars for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. He also appeared in this season’s (2012) run of “Celebrity Apprentice.” Marcus also made an appearance on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

Lemonis will be returning to his hometown of Miami for the specific episode of “Secret Millionaire” where he will be working with three charity organizations to help provide the resources for them to succeed. As Chairman & CEO of Camping World and Good Sam, Lemonis has made significant philanthropic efforts the past few years and was thrilled to be able to give back to his own hometown on ABC’s “Secret Millionaire.”

“After being a part of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ twice and seeing the great things that are done on that show for various charitable organizations, I knew the right fit for me to be involved in a show that revolves around helping charities was ‘Secret Millionaire,’ said Lemonis. “When we had the chance to work with Zodiak (the production company) and ABC for an episode of ‘Secret Millionaire’ I knew it would be something special and it definitely is.”

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.

About Camping World/Good Sam:

Both founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair and The Good Sam  is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips,  vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast. Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam  offers more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one- stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoor. For more information, visit www.CampingWorld.comand www.GoodSam.com

About Secret Millionaire

The secret's out! Some of America's most successful self-made millionaires are embarking on a truly incredible journey. They will spend a week in the country's poorest areas and ultimately reward some unsung community heroes with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money.Based on the hit UK series of the same name, each episode of Secret Millionaire follows one of America's most successful business people for a week as they leave the comforts of home behind. They'll keep their true identities hidden while living in some of the country's most impoverished neighborhoods.

Residing in local housing on welfare-level wages, these "secret millionaires" will try to find the most deserving people within the community. We're talking about those selfless individuals who continually sacrifice everything to help anyone in need, and ultimately encourage others to do the same. Throughout this incredible experience, the millionaires will come face-to-face with some truly extraordinary people who put their own needs aside for the sake of others. At the end of the journey, they'll reveal their true identity and donate their own money to these local heroes. It's a life-changing moment you won't want to miss.

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Steve Webster

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