John Anglim
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June 26, 2013
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KAFM 88.1 raffling off a vintage Mercedes G-Wagon

As part of an annual fundraising project, KAFM 88.1 Community Radio is raffling off a stunning, vintage Mercedes SUV Geländewagen (literally cross-country vehicle), commonly known as the “G-Wagon.” The 1984 G-Wagon is a classic, rare off-road vehicle that has been rated “excellent” by professional appraisers.

Cherry red, the G-Wagon sports a killer after-market sound system and is much sought after by off-roaders and Mercedes aficionados. To sweeten the prize, the G-Wagon is being filled with gear and goodies donated from local businesses including Mountain Khakis, Safari Ltd., Summit Canyon Mountaineering and Loki Outerwear.

“The station will sell a maximum of 3,000 tickets at $20 each, so ticket purchasers have pretty nice odds. Certainly better than the lottery!” laughed KAFM Executive Director Tedi Gillespie. “We are so grateful to Ray and Vicki Riley for donating this vehicle to the station. It’s the kind of generosity and support that has enabled KAFM to grow and thrive here in the valley.”

The drawing for the winner of the G-Wagon will be held on Aug. 10 at Radio Daze. Radio Daze is a late summer party held annually by the station at Kannah Creek Brewing Company at 12th and Orchard in Grand Junction. The event features live music and has become a traditional gathering for the station’s supporters and volunteers.

“We think it’s just about the best all-day patio party of the summer,” said Gillespie, “and judging from the incredible turnout every year, a lot of folks agree! We are so grateful to everyone who comes out to support the station by purchasing raffle tickets. And many thanks to Kannah Creek for supporting this event in its fifth year, by supplying their beautiful patio and donating 100% of sales that day of their 300 Watt Ale, brewed especially to honor KAFM!”

This year’s Radio Daze music line-up includes Dreamboat, Lanie’s May, The Thomasina Russell Band, and Drop Top Lincoln.

KAFM is now in its 14th year of broadcasting in the Grand Valley. It is one of only 200 locally owned and operated community radio stations in the whole country. With over 250 volunteers, nearly a 1,000 members and approximately 150 business underwriters, KAFM has become a vital part of the valley’s cultural life. In addition to volunteer programmers who play virtually every genre of music, the station dedicates more time to local affairs programming and donates more public service announcements than any other station in the valley. “We’re proud of the fact that so many of our fellow nonprofit organizations turn to KAFM to help get their messages out to the community,” said Gillespie.

Tickets for the Mercedes Raffle are available at KAFM, 1310 Ute Ave., by phone at 970-241-8801, and from many of the station’s volunteers and programmers.

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