- Sep. 12, 2012 -
Chicago, IL – September 11, 2012 – NVEEE has announced Marcus Lemonis, Chairman & CEO of Camping World Inc. & Good Sam as honoree and featured co-host of 2nd annual “Not on My Watch” Red Carpet VIP Fundraising event this Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8PM 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 recently also spoke at the Child Protection Summit last week at the JW Marriott in Orlando, FL to 2,200 attendees. Florida’
s annual statewide child welfare conference is an exciting opportunity for child welfare professionals to share best practices to protect children, strengthen families and strive for standards of excellence in service. Lemonis spoke of his childhood growing up and being adopted to a family after being abandoned in Lebanon during the war and the importance of excellence in the child welfare system.
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.
“Being a part of “Secret Millionaire”
and meeting the great people at NVEE is extremely rewarding for me and I am grateful to be honored by NVEE at their event,” said Marcus. “Bullying is something I dealt with first hand as a child and seeing the difference NVEEE makes in the lives of these young people and their anti-bullying initiatives are going to have a positive impact in their communities.”
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.
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.