Vehicle Donations For Family House

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Longtime supporters Mark and Rhonda Zack recently donated a motorcycle to a vehicle donation program, and designated Family House to receive proceeds from the sale. This isn’t the first motorcycle that they’ve sold to benefit Family House, but it is the last: Rhonda’s Kawasaki 2003Z 1000 is the last of their fleet.

Mark served on our Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008. He was Board President the last year he served on the Board and has remained actively involved with Family House. Towards the end Mark’s term as board president, he had a harrowing accident on his motorcycle and almost died.  As a result of his injuries, he lost his right arm. In 2011, he started Durable Design, PLLC, an architecture and industrial design firm committed to working with clients who “educate, create, administrate, entertain and heal.”

Sometime after the accident, Mark starting selling his motorcycles. One of the first bikes he sold was to Dr. Peter Chang in California.  Mark told Dr. Chang the bike would cost $1 if Dr. Chang would donate the value of the bike to Family House. Soon after, we got a check for $2,500 from the good doctor.

Rhonda and bikeFast forward eight years to 2015. Mark and his wife, Rhonda, decide to sell their last motorcycle – Rhonda’s Kawasaki 2003Z 1000. This time they are selling it through, an organization that puts charities and donors together by auctioning off donated vehicles. 80% of the proceeds go to the bike owner’s charity of choice. Rhonda and Mark designated Family House as their charity.

When asked why he stays involved with Family House, Mark replies that the feeling is visceral: “How could I not?  It’s such a wonderful organization. It needs sustaining and it needs people to stay involved with it. It started out to be all about the building. Now it’s all about the people who work there and the guests who stay there. Rhonda and I believe in the mission of the house.” 

Through their good deeds, Mark and Rhonda continue to contribute to the sustainability of our home.

If you are interested in donating a vehicle so proceeds can benefit Family House, visit: or contact Kirsten Beattie, Director of Annual Giving, at 919.932.8005.


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