Marc Antonio from Girard Toyota in New London presented Michael Finkelstein, the Chief of Police for the Town of East Lyme, with a donation for the purchase of exercise equipment for the East Lyme Police Department. The Antonino family of auto groups appreciates service to the community, and recognizes the challenges that law enforcement officers face. To help our First Responders provide the best possible service, the Antonino family sought to find a way to help improve Officer wellness. "There is a well-established correlation between the physical wellness of Police Officers, and their psychological and emotional well-being. When Officers are able to create that balance, the service they provide to its citizens only improves. The women and men of the East Lyme Police Department are extremely grateful to Girard Toyota and the Antonino Family for their extremely generous donation of $10,000 to purchase new equipment for the Public Safety building", said East Lyme Chief of Police Michael Finkelstein.
Niantic Children's Museum, Miracle League of Southeastern Connecticut and Niantic Main Street announce their summer-long fundraiser
The Niantic Children's Museum, Miracle League of Southeastern Connecticut and Niantic Main Street announce their summer-long fundraiser, the Super Supra Shoreline Car Raffle.
“If we’ve learned anything from last year, it's that we’re all stronger together. We’re incredibly proud of this collaboration between the three organizations,” said Dave Putnam, director of the Miracle League of Southeastern Connecticut.
One lucky winner will win a 2020 Toyota GR-Supra 3.0 Premium, valued at $56,140.00, courtesy of Girard Toyota of New London. The fundraiser kicks-off on May 15, 2021, at the Niantic Main Street Vintage Market and ends on August 20, 2021. There will be a drawing at 7 p.m. that day at the McCook Point Park Concert to determine who wins the car. Tickets are $100 and are available online at NianticKids.org, mlsect.org or NianticMainStreet.org. In-person tickets will be available at East Lyme Parks & Recreation Office and many events held throughout the summer including the Niantic Farmers Market. Only 2,021 tickets will be sold.
“All of us here at Girard Toyota want to do our part to help our community and empower the mission of not one, but three wonderful organizations,” said Marc Antonino, general manager at Girard Toyota.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will help benefit Phase II of The Miracle League of Southeastern CT's sports field, new exhibits and renovations for the Niantic Children's Museum and Niantic Main Street's new downtown art initiative.
For more information about the Shoreline Car Raffle, including official rules, please visit NianticKids.org, mlsect.org or NianticMainStreet.org.
About the Niantic Children's Museum
The Niantic Children's Museum is an interactive, hands-on, educational place for children ages 9 months to 9 years to try on new roles, let their imaginations soar and feel safe while exploring the world around them. Located in Niantic, Conn., the museum is comprised of 5,000 square feet - all on one floor - and an outdoor playspace. For more information about the Museum, visit NianticKids.org
About The Miracle League of Southeastern Connecticut
The Miracle League of Southeastern Connecticut is a 501 c(3) not for profit organization that is dedicated to providing recreational and sporting opportunities for children with physical and or cognitive challenges at accessible facilities. We are dedicated to the ideal that “every child deserves a chance to play”. For more information about the Museum, visit mlsect.org
About Niantic Main Street
The Niantic Main Street (NMS) organization is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization committed to promoting and enhancing downtown revitalization efforts in the villages of Niantic and Flanders, Conn. The goal of the all-volunteer group, comprised of a Board of Directors and various volunteers from within the community of East Lyme and the region, is to make Niantic a wonderful place to live, work and play for residents and visitors. For more information, visit nianticmainstreet.org.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Girard Toyota wanted to help out the community by performing a complimentary steam sanitizing to everyone’s vehicle. This process helped kill bacteria, eliminate odors, and reduced allergens.
At the 10th Annual Military Appreciation Breakfast Chris Antonino (far left) accepted the Military Community Support Award (large business category) for the Antonino Auto Group.
“We spent this morning saying a much-deserved 'thank you' to our local military service members at our 10th Annual Military Appreciation Breakfast. Through the support of our sponsors, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Dunkin', and Foxwoods, we invited over 140 active duty members as our special guests. Eastern Connecticut and our entire country are made stronger by the bravery and sacrifice of these men and women and their families. We also presented the Military Community Support Awards to Antonino Auto Group (large business category) and Cardinal Honda (small business category).”- The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut
Antonino Auto Group Owners, John and Charles Antonino, visited the Southeast CT CPOA Pantry for the official check presentation of a $30,000 donation to the USCG Southeastern Connecticut CPOA. Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time to run the Southeast CT CPOA Pantry. The pantry accepts donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, diapers and pet supplies. We'd also like to thank Senator Murphy for attending.