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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 will host 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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May 25, 2018
The Hometown Foundation and Farmhouse Restaurant’s K-9 Fundraiser delivers a GPS collar and Police K-9.
Thanks to the tremendous success of Farmhouse Restaurant’s American Hero Benefit Dinner, Police K-9 Officer Jake has received an all-new Garmin Alpha 100 GPS Tracking Collar. K-9 Jake carries the name of USMC Jake Pettit who lost his life to PTSD.
Donated by the Hometown Foundation, Inc., The Garmin Alpha 100 is an invaluable tool to the field. The device can help handler Sergeant Irizarry, measure speed, distance, area searched and direction being traveled by K-9 Jake while he serves with the Fairfield Police Department. The collar also has the capability to switch to “Rescue Mode” which will conserve battery life in the case of an emergency.
Seeing that The Hometown Foundation, Inc. has a long history with K-9 Jake, it is only fitting that he would be the recipient of such a useful tool. K-9 Jake, at only 8 weeks old, accompanied The Hometown Foundation, Inc. to its first ever event for Project Blue Paw, which took place at Trumbull High School.
Project Blue Paw is an initiative run by The Hometown Foundation, Inc. that aims to give high school students the opportunity to learn how K-9s are trained for police and military work. The program also educates students about trauma, as well as the behavioral and occupational aspects of 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. partnered with Miller Motorcars to purchase K-9 Jake from Kennel Zo Slovenskeho in 2017. Since being donated to Fairfield PD, Sergeant Irizarry has led an incredible effort to spread awareness about PTSD while fighting crime. Most recently, the dynamic duo raised over $10,000, which was donated to Special Olympics and K-9 charities.
Police K-9 Louie, named after Brook field native and fallen Navy SEAL Jason Lewis, was officially donated earlier this month. The Hampton Beach Police K-9 Unit traveled from Virginia to pick up K-9 Louie at Farmhouse Restaurant. Police K-9 Louie is now serving a community where Jason’s wife and three children reside. The K-9 Unit has promised to put forth every effort to ensure Jason’s name and heroic story is carried on during Louie’s life as a police officer.
With ‘First Response’ being one of its core initiatives, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is no stranger to supporting local and State Police departments. For instance, K-9 Safety Awareness Month is a multifaceted campaign held every February consisting of in-store fundraising, cash collection boxes in local businesses, t-shirt sales, Blue Jeans for Blue Paws, and much more. Other events such as dress downs are held throughout the year to raise funds for K-9 units. Proceeds collected are used for purchasing Police K-9s, GPS Tracking Collars, Training and Safety Equipment. If you are looking for ways to get involved please visit HometownFoundation.org.
The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is ecstatic to be part of this double donation which wouldn’t have been possible without Farmhouse Restaurant, who so kindly donated the entire facility while it’s staff volunteered their time and donated all of the night’s tips. We wish K-9s Jake and Louie a long, successful and happy career.
The Hometown Foundation is Raising Funds to Help the Giles Family of Maine After House Fire
A Boothbay, Maine Special Olympics family lost their home last month from a fire. Three of the family members (Gracie, Vincent and Valerie Giles) were competing at the state’s Special Olympics Winter Games the same week that their house was destroyed. Fortunately, everyone in the home at the time got out safely and were set up in a nearby hotel by the Red Cross. Sadly, the family lost everything, including two of the three pets. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
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The Hometown Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with Farmhouse Restaurant, is hosting a benefit to honor fallen Navy SEAL Jason Lewis. The event will take place on Monday, March 19th at Farmhouse Restaurant in Newtown beginning at 6PM. The night will include hors d’oeuvres, wine/beer, live music, and an auction. To help keep Jason’s memory alive, proceeds will be used to purchase a Police K-9 named after Lewis and a memorial bench placed at his favorite fishing spot.
To purchase tickets to the event, visit Eventbrite.com and type in “American Hero Benefit Dinner” or stop by Farmhouse Restaurant. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple.
For more information, please contact Kristen Creston at 203.250.5668 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.