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.

For more information, visit http://www.ronsrun.org

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HUSBAND’S LOVE FOR WIFE RAISES THE “BARRE” AS WINNER OF NEW COUNTRY’S VALENTINE’S DAY CONTEST

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 www.newcountrybmw.com or www.newcountrymercedes.com for more information.

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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

“STUFF A MINI” WINTER CLOTHING COLLECTIONS AT AREA SHOPPING CENTERS

-NEW COUNTRY ACCEPTING DONATIONS AT SOMERSET SQUARE, CABELA’S AND WH CENTER-

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(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 www.newcountrymini.com for more information.

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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

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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 www.newcountry.com 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

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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. http://gracefellowship.com/locations/halfmoon/

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New Country’s 3rd Annual Stuff the MINI School Supply Drive for Hartford Students

August 31, 2016

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SIX MINIS STUFFED TO THE MAX DELIVER DONATED SUPPLIES TO HARTFORD STUDENTS

– New Country Mini doubles the amount collected last year to help city schools-

 (HARTFORD, CT)- August 31, 2016 Hundreds of Hartford Public School students were able to start the year off right with brand new backpacks filled with donations from New Country Motor Cars 3rd Annual “Stuff a MINI to the Max” campaign. Six MINI Cooper cars jammed with school supplies rolled into the Family Services of Hartford Public Schools Welcome Center on August 29th, where they were greeted by crowds of children, parents and Hartford officials.

Representatives from Hartford schools, Beth Schiavino Narvaez, Ed.D., Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools, Richard Wareings, President of the Hartford Board of Education, Jose Colon Rivas, Chief Operations Officer of Hartford Public Schools, Craig Stallings, Secretary to the Hartford Board of Education and Tiffany Glanville, Vice President of the Hartford Board of Education were on hand to personally thank the New Country MINI employees. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and State Representative Minnie Gonzalez were also there to show their appreciation.

“Thanks to Greg Shimer, District Manager of Staples, and our media sponsor Channel 3, we doubled the amount of supplies we collected last year!” exclaimed Sam Herman, Sales Manager of New Country MINI Cooper. “We are indebted to them and the members of our community who generously donated to help these students.”

Donations were accepted at the New Country dealership in Hartford and at Staples stores in Glastonbury, West Hartford, Newington and Vernon during the month of August. Additionally, Channel 3 hosted a supply drive at the station in Rocky Hill on August 16th.

New Country MINI created the program to ensure Hartford teachers and students are prepared for class and to ease the financial burden on city parents. Approximately 21,000 students were enrolled in Hartford Public Schools in 2013-14, of whom 84.6% were low-income.

“We are so grateful to our friends at New Country for holding this collection for us once again,” said Marta Bentham, Director of Family Services & Ombudsman of Hartford Public Schools’ Welcome Center.  “Their caring, personal support has been invaluable to our families over the years.”

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 showroom at 236 Reverend Moody Overpass, Hartford CT or www.newcountrymini.com for more information.

PHOTO:   Sam Herman, Sales Manager of New Country MINI, gives a backpack to a student while Richard Wareings, President of the Hartford Board of Education, Luke Bronin, Mayor of Hartford, State Representative Minnie Gonzalez and Beth Schiavino Narvaez, Ed.D., Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools look on at the Hartford Public Schools’ Welcome Center on August 29th. New Country delivered school supplies collected through their 3rd Annual “Stuff a MINI to the Max” campaign for Hartford children.

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BMW’s “Drive For A Cause” to Benefit Local Food Pantry

August 12, 2016

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The New Country Motor Car Group in Hartford has supported countless charities such as Make-A-Wish, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), CT Children’s Medical Center, and many others.  Now, New Country BMW is partnering with BMW of North America to feed and shelter our neighbors in need.

The “BMW Drive for a Cause” charity campaign will donate $25 for each BMW test drive from now through Aug. 31 to St. Vincent DePaul in Middletown. Simply get behind the wheel of any new vehicle at New Country BMW in Hartford and help the most vulnerable population in our state.

Additionally, at special events on Monday, August 15th and Tuesday, August 16th from 11 AM – 7:00 PM, the dealership will have extra new vehicles and staff on hand, just for consumer test drives. Customers can even schedule a test drive of many new BMW models on-line at www.BMWUSA.com/DriveForACause. Vehicles of other makes and models will also be there to see and drive as well. Free lunch and dinner will be provided.

“All of us at New Country are committed to making a difference,” said Peter Keast, General Manager for New Country BMW. “We are hoping our event can help the entire BMW family achieve their goal of raising up to $1.5 million for charities across America.”

Amazing Grace Food Pantry, a program of St. Vincent De Paul Middletown, is located at 16 Stack Street in Middletown. phone 860-347-3222. svdmiddletown.org/food_pantry.html

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New Country & CarFax Support Bike to the Beach for Autism

July 12, 2016

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Bike to the Beach is a 501(c)3 non-profit cycling organization that:

  • Hosts bike rides from urban areas to nearby beaches
  • Raises money and awareness for autism

Impacts the community through local program

Bike rides and community programs promote an active, socially and environmentally conscious community committed to achieving a healthier lifestyle and finding solutions for the millions affected by autism.

We ride because autism is the second most prevalent developmental disorder in the world today.

  • Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism
  • Autism affects 1 in 68 children

We ride for the love of cycling, and a healthy lifestyle.

  • 3 hours of biking per week lowers the risk of heart disease by 50%
  • Biking gets you outside, relieves stress and creates a way to spend time with family and friends

For more information, or to donate, go to https://my.biketothebeach.org/TimCurtin

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