An RV show organization in Washington donated money to help keep state parks operating, according to a written announcement from the organization, the Manufactured Home Recreational Vehicle Show Association (MHRV).

“Owning an RV wouldn’t nearly be as fun if you couldn’t spend time in our state parks. They’re incredible!” said Dave Helgeson, MHRV show director. “But we’re in danger of losing some of them. Some 40 Washington state parks are at risk of closure due to massive budget cuts so we felt we needed to help in some way.”

Helgeson added, “The MHRV hosted two very successful RV shows so far in 2014 and for the second straight year, we’re donating a portion of both gates to the state parks.” A credit union matched the donations, Helgeson said, so “This year’s donation totals $14,608. We are extremely proud and grateful.”

During both MHRV Shows (Seattle and Puyallup) held in Feburary and May, some of the money collected at the box office was earmarked to be donated to the state’s parks. “We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world and our state parks are a treasure for everyone to enjoy,” said Helgeson.

MHRV consists of manufacturers, dealers and vendor member organizations with an all-volunteer board of directors. The majority of funds collected go directly toward advertising and promotion of the shows. In 2014, $1 from every nondiscounted adult and senior ticket sold at the box office at The Seattle & Puyallup RV Shows was donated.