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Essay about Kingsbury racecar raffle winning grant money to help feed seniors

Troy Kingsbury, owner of the Village Grocery in Waitsfield, raffled off a racecar to benefit the Central Vermont Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program and the council won a $100 grant for an essay describing Kingsbury's raffle.

The grant came from the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)/Subaru "Share the Love" grant program. 

"It's wonderful to have supporters like Troy Kingsbury who are dedicated to helping elders in our community," said Beth Stern, director of CVCOA. "We couldn't do our work without them."

The winning essays reads:

"The wheels of Troy Kingsbury's mind were rolling when he hit upon a plan to help support older central Vermonters.

"Kingsbury, of Waitsfield's Village Grocery, wanted to sell his wife's race car after she gave up racing at Thunder Road. He had thought about posting it on eBay and pocketing the proceeds. But he decided instead to raffle off the car and donate the money raised from ticket sales to the Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) Meals on Wheels Program.

"Troy's grandmother was a recipient of home-delivered meals, so he knows first-hand the value of 'our seniors getting a good meal and having someone checking in on them regularly.' CVCOA's Nutrition and Wellness coordinator, Kathy Paquet, told Troy about the unexpected need for 10,000 additional meals for fiscal year 2009-10. Before long, he was on WDEV Radio promoting his plan.

"The winning ticket, purchased by Freddie Rogers of Ludlow, was drawn in July at Thunder Road. CVCOA is enormously grateful for Troy Kingsbury's generous contribution of $900, which is helping to keep Meals on Wheels rolling along in central Vermont."

"The MOWAA/Subaru "Share the Love" grant is tied to Subaru's Share the Love Event. The Share the Love Event will run from November 20, 2010 through January 3, 2011. Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer's choice of one of five charities, including MOWAA.

"Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) supports elders in their homes and communities in 54 towns in central Vermont."


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