In 2002, Billy and Mary Gawel made their beautifully restored 1932 Chevy five window coupe available to help raise funds for the Library - and thus KML's annual Car Raffle was born. The "Car Guys," a committee of the Library, was formed and Rudy Molho, Michaela Lawrence, Allan Priaulx, Julie Saxton and Jim Blackketter, with the recent addition of Jim Norton, came together to carry the project forward as a Library fundraiser. Since then, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, the Library has purchased 14 cars to offer in the raffle, with all the proceeds net of the cost of the car going directly into the operating budget.  
The car raffle is one of the Library's primary fundraisers to help supplement the Town grant, which only provides 30% of the yearly budget. OK, so here's the "ask:" If you have a classic or otherwise appropriate car for KML's raffle that you would consider donating to the Library, KML would love to hear from you. As an accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your donation could provide a tax advantage to you while helping to sustain the Kent Memorial Library into the future. Thanks for your support of the Kent Memorial Library, a treasure in our town.  
Please call Jim Blackketter at 860.927.1888
if you can help.