The Kent Community Fund will hold a 10th anniversary celebration Sept. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The free event, which is open to the public, will take place at Kent School’s Pre-Engineering and Applied Sciences Center at 23 North Main St., located behind Kent Town Center.

Refreshments will be served and there will be a brief program at 6 p.m.

The celebration is hosted by KCF board members and sponsored by Webster Bank, the Kent Lions Club, Sundog Shoe and Leather, Kent Station Pharmacy and Cramer and Anderson, LLC.

KCF, a non-profit organization, was established in 2006 “to help individuals living in Kent meet emergency needs and to support community charitable programs serving Kent residents.”

Most grant requests to assist residents come from Leah Pullaro, Kent’s director of social services and municipal agent for the elderly, and are reviewed by a grant committee of the board.

Grants are paid directly to service providers or vendors, such as landlords, utility and fuel companies, medical providers, child care providers and others, and all grants are confidential.

More than $210,000 has been provided to help over 400 individuals and families since 2006, with emphasis on supporting the needs of children, elders and families.

KCF has also worked closely with Kent’s Park and Recreation Director Lesly Ferris to provide support for children in the After School Program at Kent Center School and to provide scholarships to Camp Kent at Emery Park.

In addition, the fund has supported the town of Kent’s weekly food bank over the past 10 years, honoring the work of early food bank founders Lucy and Charlie Tremont and Ed Shullery.

Through membership in the Connecticut Food Bank, KCF has purchased more than 25 tons of low-cost food for the local food bank and also conducted food drives in 2014 and 2015.

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