Spring Celebration at the Farmington Polo Club!

A beautiful day full of laughter and fun, brought families together to celebrate the 41st Annual Farmington Egg Hunt at The Farmington Polo Club! The event featured a multiple array of different vendors such as Dom’s Coffee, organic produce, handmade jewelry, custom paintings, children’s clothing, and unique crafts. Alongside the vendors there was a cookie decorating tent where crowds of children gathered together to decorate egg and bunny-shaped cookies with festive spring colors!

Across the field and inside the barn, families lined up to get their photo taken with Mrs. Bunny. While waiting in line at the barn to take photos with Mrs. Bunny, there were buckets of fresh apples and carrots in the aisle way to feed the ponies. The biggest event of the day were the 5 egg hunts that ranged from ages infant to age 9. Children flooded the grassy fields by the dozens collecting eggs as fast as they could in search of the golden egg. The Spring Celebration event was such an amazing way to kick off the 2019 season for The Farmington Polo Club!

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. with Key Bank Donates New GPS Tracking Collar to Stamford PD K-9 Unit

A Police K-9 Officer, at a Project Blue Paw event at Trumbull High School with Best Buddies. participant.

Police K-9 Officer Badge of the Stamford Police Department has received a brand new Alpha 100/TT 15 Dog Track and Train System by Garmin. In conjunction with Key Bank, The Hometown Foundation, Inc., was able to donate the Alpha 100/TT which has state of the art capabilities. The device is a crucial component for K-9 Badge’s Handler, Officer Mark Vitti, to help keep track of his K-9 at all times. It can also help K-9 Officer Mark Vitti measure the area being searched, determine the direction K-9 Badge travels, and has Geo-Fence alerts and e-collar training. The pinpoint accuracy that this collar provides of Badge’s location is imperative in ensuring his safety while he serves with the Stamford Police Department.

With ‘Emergency Response Personnel’ being one of The Hometown Foundation, Inc.’s core initiatives, they are no stranger to supporting local and national Police Departments. One program they facilitate is K-9 Awareness Month. This is a multifaceted campaign held every February consisting of in-store fundraising, cash collection boxes in local businesses, T-shirt sales, the Blue Jeans for Blue Paws Program, and much more. Other events and fundraisers are held throughout the year to raise funds for K-9 Units across the country. The proceeds that are collected are used for purchasing Police K-9s, GPS tracking collars, training, and necessary safety equipment for the K-9s.

The funds raised are also used to fuel our Project Blue Paw Program, which is an initiative run by The Hometown Foundation, Inc. and Best Buddies and aims to give high school students the opportunity to learn how K-9s are trained for police and military work. The program also educates the students about trauma, and behavioral and occupational aspects of Police K-9s. Children with intellectual disabilities are also included in the program in order to make new friends and interact with local, community and law enforcement leaders.

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. & Key Bank are ecstatic to donate this advanced technology to the Stamford PD K-9 Unit and hope it will assist them in their future endeavors. We would like to thank Key Bank for sponsoring The Hometown Foundation, Inc.’s K-9 Awareness Month and being a proud partner. If you are looking for ways to get involved, such as this one, please visit HometownFoundation.org.

Yankee Harley-Davidson Teams Up with Bristol Tech Education Center for Battle of the Kings Custom Build Competition

April 15, 2019 – Yankee Harley-Davidson has entered the Battle of the Kings competition, a Custom Bike Build Competition between Harley-Davidson dealerships across the country to see who can build the best customized bike. This year, Yankee Harley invited students from the local tech school, Bristol Tech Education Center, to come help build the bike and The Hometown Foundation, Inc. documented and supported the entire experience!

Yankee wanted to get the Bristol Tech students involved to show them a real-life experience as well as submerge them in the Harley-Davidson bike culture. The team took a 2019 Road Glide and transformed it into an All-American spectacle. They customized everything from color, exhaust, to handle bars. The team gave the students control by allowing them to come up with ideas and then apply them to the bike. The Hometown Foundation, Inc. was proud to partner with Yankee Harley-Davidson and follow the team on their 3-month long transformation. We documented everything from the breakdown of the bike to the powder coating and airbrush and even to the big reveal photo shoot. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the works of Explicit Airbrush, Shoreline Coatings LLC, and Melnick Metal Works Inc. They all worked together to create a show-stopping, one-of-kind motorcycle.

Yankee also made it an engaging experience for the students by inviting Mike Moore, District Manager of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, to oversee the project and talk to the students about what he does for the company. Students were able to talk to Mike and ask how they can achieve a career at Harley-Davidson and how to make their resume stand out among the others. It was great to see the enthusiasm they had for being there and experiencing the Harley-Davidson brand. The entire Yankee team was so passionate to share their years of wisdom and answer any questions the students had. They truly gave the students a once-in-a-lifetime experience and more dealerships should follow their lead.

Voting is now open from April 15th – May 15th. Be sure to visit the website and vote! CLICK HERE! To see the full transformation video, CLICK HERE! Thank you in advance for your support. Wishing you a safe and fun riding season!

Jacob Dore, Steve Perry Team Up For Bullring Bash Dream Ride

(Press release from The Bullring Bash) 

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.


To view the full press release click here.

5,500 Turkeys For Those In Need!


Contact: Mack Doyle, The Hometown Foundation, Inc.

Phone: 203.250.5391

Email: mdoyle@bozzutos.com

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 mdoyle@bozzutos.com.