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Driver Jacob Dore and owner Steve Perry will team up to race on behalf of the Hometown Foundation and Maine Special Olympics in 2019.
As part of the Dream Ride Experience program, Dore, the two-time Star Speedway Modified track champion, will make his return to the class for the first time since 2013 in the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge season opener at White Mountain Motorsports Park on June 16.
“We’re going to do our best, have a lot of fun doing it, and raise some money for charity,” said driver Jacob Dore. “I’ve had some good history at White Mountain before, and some good history in a Modified, so we’ll see if we can mix the two together. Everything that we’re doing as a race team this year is a fundraiser for the Hometown Foundation and the Dream Ride. Steve came to me with the opportunity to run his Modified and do a year where we just fundraise for them, and everything we earn will go directly to charity.”
“I’ve always admired the Modifieds, and I’ve always had a friendship with Jacob,” said car owner Steve Perry. “I just felt like the opportunity presented itself with him this year with the fact that I owned a Modified, and we’ve turned it into the Dream Ride racing program to try and bring awareness to the Hometown Foundation and Special Olympics. We’re purely going to use it as a fundraising opportunity, which is something that I don’t think has ever been done in motorsports.”
“It’s amazing to have both Jacob and Steve involved in the Bullring Bash, especially with such an important charitable effort as the Dream Ride program,” said Bullring Bash founder Josh Vanada. “Having great race teams helps us put on an incredible show, but the importance of their charitable efforts extends far beyond the racetrack. We’re excited to welcome them to our entry list in 2019, and look forward to watching their work to benefit the Hometown Foundation.”
The Dream Ride racing effort combines the efforts of JRD Racing and Mainely Motorsports to benefit the Hometown Foundation and its support of the Maine Special Olympics. The venture is privately funded, allowing all sponsorship money and race winnings to be donated directly to the Hometown Foundation to provide to the Maine Special Olympics.
Among other accolades, Dore is a multiple race winner in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, including a victory at White Mountain in 2016. Perry is a longtime car owner and promoter of short track racing whose Mainely Motorsports TV show and Northeast Motorsports Expo are pillars of the New England Racing community. With that in mind, both are excited to hit the track in June, both for the White Mountain facility and the opportunity to be part of the inaugural Bullring Bash event.
“I’m probably the most excited about going to White Mountain in a Modified,” said Dore. “I think it’s going to be a pretty interesting event there—I think the track has a lot of characteristics that are going to be fun to drive in a Modified. I’ve raced there twice, and the first time we ever raced there, we won, so it’s treated me well. It doesn’t really compare to anywhere else, because it’s totally different, but it’s fun to drive!”
“It’s huge, because anytime something that’s not the norm happens, people get behind it,” added Perry. “Fans that may never go to another event like this again will always go to the first one, the car count is highest at the first one, and every racing promotion always has a big first event. White Mountain is a beautiful facility with a great ownership group led by Cris Michaud, and Josh Vanada is one of the most professional short track leaders that I’ve ever met. It’s going to be a very professionally run, well thought-out, and well put-together event, and I’m just looking forward to being involved.”
For more information on Mainely Motorsports, visit http://www.mainelymotorsportstv.com. To follow JRD Racing on Facebook, click here. To keep up with the Bullring Bash Quarter Mile Challenge, teams and fans can visit http://www.bullringbash.com.
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Sparky18888, Precision Concierge “PCNY”, Bozzuto’s, Inc., The Hometown Foundation, Inc., & The Garden of Eden Foundation Secure 5,500 Turkeys for those in need!
Sunday, November 18th ––Precision Concierge (PCNY), The Hometown Foundation, Inc., Sparky18888, and The Garden of Eden Foundation are pleased to announce that they have secured 5,500 turkeys for those in need across the greater New York City area. Through connections with PCNY in association with The Hometown Foundation, Inc., turkeys will be distributed by volunteers and community activists across the city.
Sparky18888 and PCNY reached out to The Hometown Foundation, Inc. to secure a large allocation of turkeys from Bozzuto’s, Inc. Immediately, the foundation secured sponsorship and commitment from Turnpike Motors Autobody, ACI Dynamix, Flexco Convertors, Yankee Harley-Davidson, and other community leaders. PCNY was also able to secure 10,000 pounds of produce through their relationship with A&J Produce.
“We commend Sparky18888 and PCNY for setting the bar of donating 5,500 turkeys. The Hometown Foundation, Inc. and Bozzuto’s, Inc are happy to contribute to one of the largest turkey giveaways for those in need. Our company strides to support local communities and believes everyone should have a wonderful Thanksgiving,” said Chris Sferruzzo, Executive Vice President of Finance at Bozzuto’s, Inc.
“At PCNY we work closely with our friends at The Hometown Foundation, Inc. and The Garden of Eden Foundation. When we heard of this opportunity and the impact it would have for families in the NYC area, we jumped in with no hesitation! We have had huge success the past three years but this event goes above and beyond anything we have ever done,” said Wayne Schneider of PCNY.
We would like to thank our sponsors involved in this turkey donation and operation. They include Sparky18888, Precision Concierge, Bozzuto’s, Inc., The Garden of Eden Foundation, The Hometown Foundation, Inc., Turnpike Motors Autobody, ACI Dynamix, Enterprise, Flexco Convertors, Yankee Harley-Davidson, Miller Motorcars, 104.1 WMRQ, and Broadway Auto Brokers.
Please join us Sunday, November 18th at Broadway Auto Brokers for the unloading of these 5,500 turkeys and thousands of pounds of produce. For more information, please contact Mack Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog Star Rescue, Pack Leaders Rescue, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. Turnpike Motors Auto Body, Jetro & Hooker Brewery Secure $50,000.00 of Dog Food for CT Rescues!
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Wednesday, July 18th ––Dog Star Rescue and Pack Leaders Rescue are pleased to announce that they have secured $50,000.00 worth of pet food products. Through connections at Nestle Purina PetCare Company in association with The Hometown Foundation, Inc., they were able to provide this product to many rescues across the state.
Nestle Purina PetCare Company had reached out to The Hometown Foundation, Inc., on securing a large donation of Purina products for rescues in need from Jetro Cash & Carry. Immediately, the foundation secured sponsorship and commitment from Turnpike Motors Auto Body who sponsored transportation of the donated products and Hooker Brewery who assisted in the unloading and storage. The product pick up was led by Dan McCabe of Dog Star Rescue and Montana Catenio of Pack Leaders Rescue who both had one goal in mind, to distribute this donation to rescues across Connecticut.
“We are looking forward to getting this pet food out to rescues, shelters & humane societies as soon as possible. Having this much food on hand allows us to supply multiple organizations in need throughout the entire state,” said Dan McCabe, founder of Dog Star Rescue.
“At Turnpike Motors Auto Body we work closely with our friends at The Hometown Foundation, Inc. When we heard of this opportunity and the impact it would have for Connecticut rescues, we jumped in with no hesitation! Opportunities and acts of kindness like this are critical for our furry friends,” said Marty Smith of Turnpike Motors Auto Body.
We would like to thank our sponsors involved in this pet food donation and operation. They include Turnpike Motors Auto Body, Jetro Cash & Carry, The Hometown Foundation, Inc., Dog Star Rescue, Pack Leaders Rescue, Hooker Brewery, Enterprise and especially Nestle Purina PetCare Company.
Please join us this Saturday, July 21st at Dog Star Rescue 12 Tobey Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002 at 10:00am, as we unload this food for dozens of well-deserving rescues.
Hometown Foundation, Inc.
The Hometown Foundation is a non-profit, charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and their families in hometowns and surrounding communities where we operate. The Hometown Foundation honors and assists six key areas of interest: children in need, major illness, intellectual disabilities, military, emergency response personnel, and animal welfare.
Dog Star Rescue
is a grass-roots effort started by a group of dog lovers with experience in the rescue world. You can find our Mission Statement on this site, along with our reasons for adopting a rescue dog and information about our current volunteers. To check out our recommendations for other companies and services that love dogs almost as much as we do, see our Friends of Dog Star Rescue
Pack Leaders Rescue of CT saves the lives of animals every day through three branches of our organization. Our transport service and behavioral training program allow us to rescue, evaluate, and rehabilitate animals, and we place these animals into forever homes through our rescue program. Our rescue and behavioral training programs maintain relationships with adopters to ensure successful placements that last a lifetime.
Turnpike Motors Auto Body
In 1969 Turnpike Motors Auto Body was opened in Newington, Connecticut by Doug Fernandez, Sr. Since opening, our company has grown from five employees to 45 and from 7 bays to 36 bays. Our facility features modern high-tech equipment, a highly trained staff, and a clean, customer friendly environment.
Jetro Cash and Carry
We offer a great selection of restaurant and catering supplies, food preparation equipment and take-out containers.., all at low, low prices. Jetro is open to operators of food businesses and nonprofit organizations only. Therefore, our members won’t see their customers shopping at Jetro. Merchandise is logically grouped and displayed to make shopping easy. We also have maps, aisle directories and a multi-lingual staff to help our customers find products quickly. Since Jetro is a wholesale supplier, most items we stock are sold by the case. For product description, size, number of selling units and price, please consult the shelf label placed directly above or below each stocked item. If you are not sure whether a package contains the product you want, please ask for assistance
See how a TD partnership goes the extra mile to enrich the community
Earlier this month, TD Employees and their families came out for the 18th annual Dream Ride Experience—a weekend-long motorcycle rally that benefits Special Olympics and The Hometown Foundation. The Farmington, CT event drew a crowd of 10,000 and raised more than $2 million, and was yet another example of how TD partnerships go beyond business to enrich the communities we serve.
TD sponsored the event on behalf of Bozzuto’s Inc., one of the Northeast’s largest food distributors—and a TD Asset Based Lending client. Owner Michael Bozzuto began the Dream Ride in 2001 when he co-created The Hometown Foundation as a way to give back to the community. The foundation supports veterans, children in need, individuals with intellectual disabilities and serious illnesses, first responders, and animal rescue organizations.
The 40-mile “Dream Ride” kicked off the weekend, with a route that wound through the Connecticut countryside and included more than 2,000 motorcycles and hundreds of sports cars. Other activities included a petting zoo, a chili cook-off, concerts, and a basketball tournament featuring former NBA players. An exotic car show was a highlight of the weekend—especially for the Special Olympics athletes who got to ride in the cars with their families.
Several car dealerships from across the Northeast participated in the event, including McLaren of Boston, a TD Auto Finance customer. “Our New England TDAF team is very proud to be a part of the Dream Ride Experience,” said Dan Tate, TDAF Head of US Sales-East. “They love being here, as it brings our One TD culture to life.” Tate adds: “Not only is this a fantastic reason to bring our teams together, but it continues to put our communities and our Customers first.”
“The Bozzuto’s family and The Hometown Foundation are proud to support Special Olympics. Being able to create the Dream Ride Experience for these amazing athletes and individuals is what it’s all about,” says Michael Bozutto, CEO of Bozzuto’s Inc. “And we can’t say enough about our partnership with TD that extends beyond business into our community to bring people together to accomplish great things.”
While the annual Dream Ride Experience is The Hometown Foundation’s signature event, other events are held throughout the year. Since its founding, The Hometown Foundation has raised $7.7 million to support Special Olympics.
By Shannon Hicks
The Hometown Foundation, Inc host[ed] a benefit at Farmhouse Restaurant to honor the memory of fallen Navy SEAL and Brookfield native Jason Lewis. Mr Lewis was killed in combat on July 6, 2007, in Bagdad. He was 30 years old, and survived by his mother, his wife, and three children.
The event will take place on Monday, March 19, at the restaurant, 43 South Main Street. It will begin at 6 pm, and will include carving stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, live music by Ian Biggs, and an auction.
A special appearance by the Brazilian mixed martial artist Glover Teixeira is also planned.
Tickets are $75 each, or $125 for a couple. To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.com or visit Farmhouse Restaurant.
Among the items being offered through auction are four tickets to Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles, an autographed CC Sabathia home jersey, a foursome at New Haven Country Club, and a tasting for two at Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown.
To help keep the Brookfield native’s memory alive, proceeds will be used to purchase a Police K-9 named after the special warfare operator first class. Proceeds will also cover the cost of a memorial bench to be placed at his favorite fishing spot.
“The night,” said Farmhouse Partner and Manager Michele Hanson, “is about remembering Jason, and it’s for his mom.”
Navy SEAL Petty Officer Lewis was full of energy and loved rock climbing, bicycling, and fly fishing, among other outdoor sports. He dreamed of being a Navy SEAL since he was in high school. Mr Lewis attended the University of Maryland and was assigned to a SEAL team based in Norfolk, Va. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal while serving his country.
Jean Mariano, Mr Lewis’s mother, said her son had “an incredible personality that would light up a room.
“He was never going to be a nine-to-five guy,” she said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the way he turned out. He had the right stuff.”
During a brief organizers’ meeting at the restaurant on March 2, Ms Mariano teared up, talking about her son.
“When someone remembers your son, or your daughter, it means a lot to a parent,” she told Ms Hanson.
Ms Hanson said the idea for the special event got started with the arrival of an Honor Brewing Company beer tap at her restaurant that featured the late Mr Lewis’s name. Honor works with families to put customized taps, featuring customized dog tags and into place within a 50-mile radius of where an honoree grew up. Once the tap is in place, the company contacts families to let them know where the Honor beer is on tap. Honor Brewing also regularly works with families to do fundraisers on their behalf.
“If it wasn’t for that company,” Ms Hanson said, “this whole thing would not have happened.
“We also learned that 16 percent of any beer purchased from them is donated to nonprofit groups they support, and 50 percent of all merchandise they sell is also donated to organizations they support,” Ms Hanson said. Among those organizations is Walter Reed Medical Center, The Wounded Walk, Warrior 360, Hope For The Warriors, Angels of America’s Fallen, and LCPL Cody S. Childers Memorial Fund.
For the Hometown Foundation fundraiser on March 19, Ms Hanson said, three Honor Brewing beers will be on tap.
The Hometown Foundation, Inc is a nonprofit, charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and their families in hometowns and surrounding communities where it operates. Based in Cheshire, the foundation honors and assists six key areas of interest: children in need, major illness, intellectual disabilities, military, emergency response personnel, and animal welfare.
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