Last year was quite a challenging year dealing with the continuing pandemic, its variants, and limitations. But we were able to overcome many obstacles and still have a successful year selling Mustang raffle tickets, and keeping the Museum open. Those ticket sales also help support the cost of running both the Museum and the warehouse in Whiting.
Due to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and members, donations exceeded our expectations. We successfully covered the car's original cost and expenses in spite of the cancellation of the NY and Philadelphia car shows. We're so fortunate to have the mechanical expertise of our members, their donation of parts and time, and the upkeep of the raffle car throughout the year. They did an excellent job of detailing and preparing the '66 Mustang for 2022 ticket sales.
We've increased our advertising both on-line and with local advertisers and sponsors. This has resulted in expanded visibility, and an increase in the number of Museum visitors. Our other means of support are the Whiting warehouse car rental spaces, and the receipt of state grant awards. We thank Jean Voorhees for her time and effort filling out the forms required for those grant awards. We've also received a number of classic car and memorabilia donations.
On a sad note, last September we lost our sitting president, Gary Stabile. He was involved in so many aspects of the organization and its maintenance, and was one of the founders of the Museum. His presence will be sorely missed. In appreciation and remembrance, an engraved brick was added to the
Millville Army Airfield Museum (NJ) in his name.
Without our volunteers, there is no Museum. Please consider donating your time and lending a hand so that we can continue to fulfill the purpose of the Museum, which was organized for historical, scientific and educational purposes. As stated in the Bylaws: "To promote the means and opportunities to educate the public about the development and history of the automobile and its impact on society, industry, and the growth of the nation."
I look forward to hearing from you with your continued comments and suggestions.
I want to wish everyone a Safe and Blessed New Year!
Carol Chojnacki, President,
Vintage Automobile Museum of NJ