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New playground at the Beach? It’s within reach!

A generous KBIA family has issued a challenge to KBIA members and the larger Kennebunk community: donate now toward the playground fund, and they will match every donation, up to an additional $25,000, dollar for dollar! That means every donation to the playground will count double! We have until the end of the year to be eligible for the funds, so we ask all families to consider a gift at this time.

With your help, by the beginning of next summer our kids could be swinging by the sea and or climbing high to the sky on new equipment. As designed, the new playground will include two separate clusters of activities for young and older children that provide clear lines of vision for caretakers. With blue and tan structures, the playground will also complement the neighborhood with its nautical theme. To see the playground design, please visit

 A $50,000 boost would put us right around our goal of raising $105,000 to replace the current aging equipment with all-new structures appropriate for all ages. Can you “swing” it? Please consider making a donation — any amount will help! All donations can be mailed to KBIA, P.O. Box 707, Kennebunk, ME 04043.

 In addition, KBIA is able to accept stock donations. The process allows the donor to deduct the full pre-tax value of appreciated shares. If you would like to make a donation of appreciated stock, please contact Executive Director Martin Lodish directly at [email protected] or call (207) 967-2180.


Got mail?

You should have by now received KBIA’s annual directory, which contains members’ addresses and contact information as well as a list of KBIA award-winners. This year we pushed back our publication date from midsummer to the end of the season in an effort to include all 2012 member families. We publish this information so families may stay in touch with their KBIA friends and family throughout the year.


In the history books

KBIA is steeped in tradition. Take a look at our list of winners’ names from our July and August awards ceremonies, for example, and you will see a lot of familiar names of multiple generations through the years. New on the KBIA website is a recording of such names (as printed in our 2012 Membership Directory) and we now have the listing online under the “History” tab.


Always in fashion

Summer or winter, spring or fall, KBIA wear is always in season! While, of course, we are closed for the season, we can help you e-order just the right shirt, sweatshirt, fleece, hat, umbrella, Sea Bag or belt. Just ask! E-mail us or call us, or make an appointment if you’re in town. Check, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.