Toyota of Clifton Park Donates $10,000 for New Scoreboard and Improvements at Mechanicville-Stillwater Little League Fields

July 5, 2017

Toyota of Clifton Park Donates $10,000 as part of our on-going commitment to our Community to replace the over 30 year old scoreboard and other improvements to the fields at the Mechanicville-Stillwater Little League. General Manager Michael Raucci chose Mechanicville-Stillwater Little League as part of Toyota’s Dealer Match Program. Over 200 families participate in Little League Baseball each year at this prestigious Little League. We are proud to support Mechanicville-Stillwater Little League now and for generations to come. We love our community!


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June 7, 2017

Presenting sponsor New Country Motor Cars of Hartford joined supporters of the Ron Foley Foundation at the 9th Annual Ron’s Run for the Roses on Saturday, May 6, at Folly Farm in Simsbury. The Kentucky Derby Day gala event raised a record breaking $290,000 for pancreatic cancer research, education and patient aid in multiple places. This figure includes $40,000 for Ron’s Rescue, a fund dedicated exclusively to providing financial aid to pancreatic cancer patients in need.

Tim Parker, Vice President of New Country, was among the more than 450 guests and volunteers who were decked out in traditional Derby Day attire to enjoy a wonderful day of celebration and remembrance. Attendees watched the horse race, enjoyed entertainment, and live and silent auctions. The Ron Foley Foundation honors West Hartford native Ron Foley, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2005.

“We are eternally grateful to Tim and New Country for serving as the presenting sponsor of this year’s event and are completely ecstatic that the company has already committed to the same level in 2018,” said Barbara Foley, President of the Ron Foley Foundation. “With everyone’s support, the Ron Foley Foundation has truly become a leader in raising much-needed funds for pancreatic cancer research, education and patient aid.”

For information about the Ron Foley Foundation visit

Photo: (from left front row): Joe Furey, Chief Meteorologist at Fox 61, Tim Parker, Vice President of New Country Motor Car group, Jennifer Loughran, Executive Vice President of the Ron Foley Foundation and Barbara Foley, President of the Ron Foley Foundation, enjoyed the Ron’s Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby event in Simsbury on May 6th. New Country served as the presenting sponsor of the annual fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research and patient aid. Photo courtesy of Rachel Adele Studios.

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May 18, 2017

-3rd Annual Magnificent Mom Makeover Promotion Provides Head to Toe Pampering-

(HARTFORD, CT)– May 18, 2017– To young mother Joanne Shustock of Windsor, working two jobs and starting her own cleaning company was simply what she needed to do to take care of her four children. Now that all of the children are grown and out on their own, her daughter Tabitha wants her to focus on herself for a change. Her nomination for New Country Motor Cars of Hartford’s 3rd Annual Magnificent Mom Makeover promotion in honor of Mother’s Day was the hands down winner according to the panel of judges.

“Every mother works hard every day, but Joanne’s story really wowed us,” said Tim Parker, Vice President of New Country Motor Cars of Hartford.  “We are thrilled to help her start the next chapter of her life.”

Tabitha’s nomination:

My mother absolutely deserves a special Mother’s Day makeover. This woman spent all of her 20’s and 30’s raising myself and my 3 siblings, all while taking in two children whose mother had a problem with drugs & alcohol. She worked nights as a package handler at UPS, loading trucks with 50 lb. boxes until the early morning, returned home to pack us up for school and send us off on three different buses, and then went to her day job at the Journal Inquirer. She was a complete powerhouse, with all of the energy in the world, and even managed to start her own cleaning business on the weekends. I literally don’t know how she did it. Now that we are all grown up and moved out, my Mother is definitely experiencing “Empty Nest Syndrome.” She is now a successful business owner of her own housekeeping company & takes extra personal care of her elderly clients, even driving them to the casino on weekends! With everything she does have going on I think she finally deserves the chance to have the social life she missed out on…Now is her chance to add a touch of spice into her life. She recently lost about 40 pounds and looks great! She also has told me that she is ready to start dating, but hasn’t been on a date since 1985 and is clueless about what to wear, how to look, and not to mention the world of online dating. I think that this makeover would give her the boost of confidence that she needs and she can finally show off how beautiful she really is, inside and out. It would also let her know how much my siblings & I love her & appreciate all of her hard work, quirks, and uniqueness all while giving her an opportunity to take some new pictures & get her dating profiles up & running 😉 Please choose my wonderful Mom!

Joanne’s day of pampering on May 20th will begin with a personal chauffeur picking her up in a luxurious new Mercedes. She will then be treated to a day of decadence in West Hartford Center starting with a magnificent makeover including hair and makeup at Bluemercury, a personal styling session with Debbie Wright of Project Closet, a shopping spree for fabulous fashions at the stylish BK & CO boutique, and a luscious lunch for two at Noble & company.

PHOTO: Joanne Shustock of Windsor, the grand prize winner of New Country Motor Cars’ Magnificent Mom Makeover promotion, will be treated to a day of head to toe pampering on May 20th. The Shustock family from left: Bethany, Steven, Joanne, Tabitha and Kristine.

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Toyota of Clifton Park Donates Cell Phones for Victims of Domestic Violence

March 3, 2017

“I wish to thank my friend Michael Raucci of New Country Toyota of Clifton Park for donating 20 new cell phone for victims of domestic violence. These phones become lifelines for victims that find themselves in abusive & violent relationships. Your commitment to our community is second to none!” – Ray Cordani

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New Country is Proud Supporter of the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer as Ron’s Run for the Roses Presenting Sponsor

March 1, 2017

New Country Motor Car Group Dealerships in Hartford, CT, – Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and MINI – continue their support as presenting sponsors for the Ron Foley Foundation and Ron’s Run for the Roses.

Ron’s Run for the Roses is held annually at Folly Farms in Simsbury, CT. It benefits the Ron Foley Foundation in its fight against pancreatic cancer. The event features live and silent auctions followed by a viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Guest are encouraged to dress in their derby best. Last year’s event had nearly 475 in attendance raising over $265,000 to benefit the foundation.

Tim Parker VP of New Country Motor Cars, shares his heartfelt drive to continue to support this tremendous organization.

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February 20, 2017

– 4th Annual Romantic Ride and Rendezvous” Gives Couple Special Anniversary Celebration-

(HARTFORD, CT)– February 20, 2017– Stephanie Hobbs of West Hartford is not only a busy wife and mother, she’s also the dedicated owner of a barre fitness studio. Her husband Benjamin wanted to express his admiration for Stephanie by nominating her for New Country Motor Cars’ 4th Annual Romantic Ride and Rendezvous Valentine’s Day promotion. Of the more than 50 entries, Benjamin’s heartfelt tribute captured the judges’ hearts and the grand prize.

“As husbands and parents ourselves, we see firsthand the countless ways women care for their families every day. As the father of seven children, I can certainly relate to busy couples who rarely have time to enjoy a romantic date night!” joked Job Pimental, General Manager of New Country BMW.

Benjamin’s winning entry:

My soul mate, Stephanie, and I have been married for almost 9 years. We fortuitously met on a beach in Hawaii in February 2006. She wanted nothing to do with me at the time even though we soon found out we attended the same university in Indiana. I somehow won her over, we dated long distance for a year and miraculously she moved to Connecticut to be with me. We are now the lucky parents to two children we adopted in 2010 and 2013: Annabelle (6) and Tyler (4). The journey to becoming parents was something we could only have done with the support of one another. Stephanie owns a barre studio that opened in November of 2015. She works tirelessly to create an inclusive and fun environment for everyone who walks through the door. She amazes me with her love and compassion for everyone she meets. Stephanie does not have a lot of time for herself as she plays the multiple roles of wife, mother and business owner. Stephanie spends most of her days at her studio in fitness clothes. I work full-time and we just don’t have a lot of opportunities to take a night off, get dressed up and go out as adults. She misses that and I miss being able to do that for her. She amazes me every day with her selflessness and I would love for her to be pampered in this amazing way.

“I heard Scot Haney mention the contest on the morning news and thought it would be a magical way to celebrate our anniversary in March,” said Hobbs. “I am so grateful to be able to give Stephanie this wonderful gift.”

The Hobbs’ were chosen by a prestigious panel of romance experts, including WFSB-Channel 3 Eyewitness News Meteorologist and Better Connecticut Host Scot Haney and Tim Parker, Vice President of New Country Motor Cars.  The winners will receive a beautiful strand of pearls valued at $600 from Becker’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry and a bottle of Ardent Rose perfume from Roses for Autism, then be whisked away by a personal chauffeur in a luxurious new BMW to indulge in a candlelit, gourmet tasting of exquisite French cuisine at a’Vert Brasserie Restaurant in West Hartford Center.

To prepare for the event, the lucky couple will get primped and polished with a haircut and shave at Kennedy’s All American Barber Club for him and a glamorous hair styling at Blo Blow Dry Bar for her, both in Blue Back Square.

About New Country Motor Car Group

New Country Motor Car Group has several locations in the Hartford, CT area; New Country Motor Cars representing Mercedes-Benz /smart / Sprinter, and New Country BMW-MINI.  The organization prides itself on world-class knowledge and impeccable service.  New Country Motor Car Group has dealerships representing 16 brands in Connecticut, New York and Florida.  Visit or for more information.


PHOTO: From left – Tim Parker, Vice President of New Country Motor Cars in Hartford and Scot Haney, WFSB-Channel 3 Eyewitness News Meteorologist and Better Connecticut Host, were among the judges who chose Stephanie and Benjamin Hobbs of West Hartford as the winners of New Country’s 4th Annual Romantic Ride and Rendezvous Valentine’s promotion.

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New Country MINI Hosting 3rd Annual “STUFF A MINI” Winter Clothing Collection

December 8, 2016




(HARTFORD, CT)- December 8, 2016 Black Friday kicked of the official start of the holiday shopping frenzy, but for families with limited budgets, gifts and even true necessities like winter clothing are a luxury they simply can’t afford. To make the holidays warmer for Hartford children, New Country MINI is sponsoring the 3rd Annual “Stuff the Mini to the Max” winter clothing drive from now through December 22nd.

As a Hartford-based company, New Country MINI is once again partnering with the city’s schools to distribute the donated clothing items to students at the Hartford Public School’s Welcome Center.

Over the next two weeks, a caravan of New Country MINI Coopers will roll into popular shopping destinations and downtown Hartford to accept donations. New and gently used coats, mittens, boots, hats, and blankets for children ranging from pre-K through high school will be collected.

“We started the campaign at our dealership, but we realize it’s not always convenient for people to stop in,” said Sam Herman, Sales Manager for New Country MINI. “We wanted to make it simple to drop off a donation where people are already out shopping, dining and visiting Santa.”

A MINI Cooper vehicle will be parked and open to accept donations on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th, as well as the following weekend, December 17th-18th at these locations:

  • The Shops at Somerset Square located at 140 Glastonbury Blvd in Glastonbury. The MINI will be parked between Victoria’s Secret and Jos A Bank from 11:00 am to 4 pm on all dates.
  • Cabela’s located at 475 East Hartford Blvd N. in East Hartford during regular store hours.
  • Treva Restaurant located at 980 Farmington Ave. and Avert Brassiere at 35 A LaSalle Rd. have reserved parking spots for MINI Coopers in front of the restaurants from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm both days.
  • Additionally, on Tuesday, December 20th, a MINI will park in front of The Grand on Ann apartments at 201 Ann Uccello Street in Hartford from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Clothing and monetary donations will continue to be accepted at the New Country MINI showroom located at 236 Reverend Moody Overpass in Hartford. The program last year netted over 100 donated coats and accessories. The items will then be distributed to students at the Hartford school’s Welcome Center on Friday, December 23rd.

“We are indebted to the kind retailers who are graciously supporting our efforts by giving us space to park the MINI,” adds Herman. “The holidays are truly about sharing and giving and we are excited to share the warmth of the season with children in need.”

“New Country has become an invaluable supporter of our families,” said Marta Bentham, Director of Family Services & Ombudsman of Hartford Public Schools’ Welcome Center.  “With our limited resources and over 80% of our students living in low income households, it is always a blessing to be able to assist the students we serve.”

New Country MINI is Connecticut’s foremost authorized MINI Cooper dealer offering top-notch new and used Mini sales, service, parts and accessories. Visit the brand new showroom at 236 Reverend Moody Overpass, Hartford CT or for more information.


PHOTO: Last year, New Country’s “Stuff a MINI to the Max” campaign donated more than 100 coats to Hartford school students. From left, back row: Ben Wetmore, Levi Flaherty, and Sam Herman, from New Country MINI were greeted by Hartford Public School Superintendent Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, staff members and happy children. This year’s collection runs through December 22nd.

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Toyota of Clifton Park Delivers Continued Support for the Annual Mechanicville-Stillwater Breast Cancer Walk

October 17, 2016

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Mike Raucci and his team at New Country Toyota of Clifton Park are proud to continue their tradition of giving back to the local community by having supported this important fund-raising event and community gathering.

Mechanicville-Stillwater Breast Cancer Walk – Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer

The 8th Annual Mechanicville/Stillwater Breast Cancer Walk was held on October 9, 2016. Over 1,800 walkers and supporters attended including the team from Toyota of Clifton Park. Over $30,000 was raised during the event, with $4,000 coming from the Toyota of Clifton Park Team.

The Walk’s Mission is to raise awareness of the fight against Breast Cancer and highlight the importance of regular checkups. Its vision is to help people with breast cancer today and to work tirelessly to find cures to end the disease tomorrow with its focus on fundraising for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Walks nationally and locally to NYOH and Saratoga Hospital.

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New Country Helps Raise Over $100,000 for Channel 3 Kids Camp as Golf Tournament Sponsor

October 5, 2016


AUGUST 31, 2016 – Thanks to the generous golfers who took part in the 19th Annual Channel 3 Kids Camp Golf Tournament, children of all abilities will be able to enjoy a camp experience. As the Platinum Sponsor for the third year in a row, New Country Motor Car Group in Hartford helped raise more than $100,000 for the nonprofit camp on Weds. August 31st at the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Uncasville. Tim Parker, Vice President of New Country, once again served as the Honorary Chair of the event.

Golfers enjoyed a “Triple Tee” Open Barbecue on course, on-course contests, Awards Dinner, Raffle and Live Auction emceed by WFSB-TV Channel 3’s Scot Haney.

Each year, over 4,000 children ages 6-16 from Connecticut and surrounding areas attend the non-profit Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT.  Events like the golf tournament make it possible for all children to attend camp without financial restrictions.

“This is my third time serving as Honorary Chair and it’s amazing to see how the camp keeps growing and adapting to accommodate children of varying abilities,” said Tim Parker, General Manager of New Country BMW/MINI. “As a year-round facility, they recently opened a fully accessible and inclusive preschool for children ages 1 to 5. “

“Tim is the perfect Chair of the tournament. He is one of those people that makes a difference in the lives of so many – not just with the kids and families that are part of Channel 3 Kids Camp – but for so many others that he and New Country Motor Cars reach out to help. We and the community are very grateful,” said the camp’s Corporate Relations Manager, Susan Baroni-Schaeffer.

About New Country Motor Car Group

New Country Motor Car Group has several locations in the Hartford, CT area; New Country Motor Cars representing Mercedes-Benz /smart / Sprinter, and New Country BMW-MINI.  The organization prides itself on world-class knowledge and impeccable service.  New Country Motor Car Group has dealerships representing 16 brands in Connecticut, New York and Florida.  Visit for more information.

Photo: (from left to right) Kyle Jurczyk, St Mary’s Hospital, Joe Courtney, President of Eastern Accounts, Scot Haney, WFSB-TV Weather Anchor, Seth Falco, New Country BMW and Tim Parker, General Manager of New Country Motor Car Group in Hartford enjoyed a great day of golf at the Channel 3 Kids Camp Golf Tournament held at the Mohegan Sun golf course. New Country Motor Cars was a platinum sponsor of the event.


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New Country Toyota of Clifton Park Supports Grace Halfmoon’s Mission Trip to Uganda

September 29, 2016


July 2016 – Mike Raucci and his team at New Country Toyota of Clifton Park are proud to continue their tradition of giving back to the local community. New Country Toyota of Clifton Park supported Grace Halfmoon’s mission to Uganda. The Mission Team from Grace Halfmoon traveled with a large number of donated string bags that contained pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners and toothbrushes and toothpaste.  Every child in the village received one and the teachers at the primary school were able to take additional bags home to their children as well. Joy was shared as the Mission Team handed out these bags to these impoverished but grateful children.  “I don’t suppose we will ever know, this side of heaven, the immense blessing you have given these little ones.” – Angelisa Box

Grace Halfmoon is part of the Grace Fellowship and is located at 1 Enterprise Avenue, Halfmoon, NY (518) 389-2252.

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