Hoffman Auto Group Helps Hartford Public Library Take a ‘Leap Into Learning’

(News release: http://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-ugc-article-hoffman-auto-group-helps-hartford-public-libr-2015-04-27-story.html)

From the community Hoffman Auto Group Helps Hartford Public Library Take a ‘Leap Into Learning’
By Community Contributor Susan Lane
APRIL 27, 2015, 5:34 PM

The Hoffman Auto Group has donated a 2015 Ford Transit to the Hartford Public Library to support a new and critical program to help children receive the educational advantages needed for success.

Anne Melissa Dowling, Raine Busgith, Jonathan Hoffman, Matthew Poland, Bradley Hoffman, Matthew Hoffman and Greg Davis

Anne Melissa Dowling, Ranie Busgith, Jonathan Hoffman, Matthew Poland, Bradley Hoffman, Matthew Hoffman and Greg Davis

With the gift of the new Ford Transit, more children and families will be provided the resources to increase their children’s preparedness for kindergarten. Ranie Busgith, Early Literacy Librarian, is now able to bring the library to families as well as offer needed transportation for programming. “Hartford Public Library is thrilled to receive the generous gift of the Leap Into Literacy van from Hoffman Auto Group,” said Anne Melissa Dowling, President of the Hartford Public Library Board of Directors.  “We know, from the work that is being done by Ranie, that our community outreach is the key to helping our youngest residents arrive at kindergarten having reached all the developmental milestones necessary to succeed.  The Leap Into Learning van will enable us to do more of this outreach, and to transport preschoolers to the Library for educational visits.”

Alison Coolbrith, Barry Lastra and Sandra and Howard Fromson presented the new Hartford Public Library initiative called “Leap Into Learning,” which was designed to provide Hartford’s young children the preparation to enter Kindergarten with the skills required to achieve and continue on a lifelong path of learning and growth. A startling 67% of students entering Kindergarten are not adequately prepared, making learning a greater challenge as they struggle with limited resources to catch- up, according to research conducted by The Bissell Foundation.

“Our community thrives when children are given opportunities to learn and develop into successful young men and women,” said I. Bradley Hoffman, Co-Chairman, Hoffman Auto Group. Hoffman continued, “It is important for local businesses to join together and help establish the infrastructure supporting families in the community.”

The good news is for every dollar spent on students the research shows a reduction of seven dollars required for remediation. Sadly, remediation usually does not occur until the first year in college so it is vital to provide early intervention programs. “It is important to do equitable things and have services for everyone,” stated Matthew Poland, Chief Executive Officer, Hartford Public Library. He continued, “Everyone should have a chance for their children to enter school and be well prepared.”

Jeffrey S. Hoffman, Co-Chairman, Hoffman Auto Group, agreed “The city of Hartford is growing and boasts a competitive employment environment but we must not forget to boost the educational opportunities for our young people as well.”

Hoffman Toyota Donates to Maria Sanchez Elementary School

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Hoffman Toyota visited the Maria C. Sanchez Elementary School in Hartford, CT to present a $1,000 donation for the purchase of new sneakers, socks and uniform pants for children in need. Partnering with the school to address the needs of children in the Hartford community, eligible students will be given the new shoes so they can focus on their studies rather than worry about their well-being. These shoes and other items have a greater and long-lasting effect of improving the self-esteem of the children — this is what truly matters. It is an honor for Hoffman Toyota to contribute to the betterment of the lives of children in the community and encourage them to focus on their education and futures!

Hoffman Toyota, Outreach

Back row: Susan L. Lane, Manager Corporate Reputation & Community Outreach, Hoffman Auto Group; Tim Keane, Physical Education Teacher; Matthew S. Hoffman, Vice President, Hoffman Auto Group; Kim Nyquist, Physical Education Teacher; Azra Redzic, Principal; Dr. David Anderson, Dean of Students; Sanchez Rooster, School Mascot; and, Christan D. Miller, Director of Corporate Operations, Hoffman Auto Group.


Maria C. Sanchez (1926-1989) is known for her activism in the community and educational reform. In honor of her memory, the Maria C. Sanchez Elementary School was dedicated in 1991.

Hoffman Is Hiring Heroes!

UPDATE: See news footage of the event by Jimmy Altman at Fox61 CT. Click here for video.

Hoffman Auto Group  met with attendees of the “Heroes 4 Hire Veteran Career Fair” on April 14, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Hoffman proudly employs many veterans, recognizing the importance of providing career opportunities to those who have served our country and defended our freedom.

Eddie Adkins“After retiring from the Army, I missed the teamwork and camaraderie.  The Hiring Our Hero’s Job Fair presented me with an amazing opportunity to be part of a team again with Hoffman Lexus!”

-Eddie Adkins, SFC (Retired), US Army, Sales & Leasing Consultant for Hoffman Lexus

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the “Heroes 4 Hire Veteran Career Fair.” Veterans will have the opportunity to gather information and speak with key individuals about services such as employment opportunities in Connecticut, resumé critiques, Veterans services, and job training programs.


Isaac Diaz (left) , E5 Sgt., National Guard, Hoffman Audi East Hartford Service Technician

Hoffman Audi of East Hartford and Hoffman Audi of New London have been heavily involved with the Audi Veterans to Technicians Program, which was established to meet the demands for skilled technicians, while providing quality employment opportunities for our veterans. Hoffman was an early adopter of the program and truly believes in its importance.


Elliot Matos“I believe hiring veterans not only makes sense but is a moral obligation that happens to be in line with our community-centric company. It is surely a way for the business community to give back to those who willingly served and sacrificed for the benefit of us all.”

– Elliot Matos, Service Manager, Hoffman Audi of East Hartford

Representatives from Hoffman Audi, Hoffman Honda, Hoffman Lexus, and Hoffman Nissan will be attending on Tuesday to answer questions and discuss the great career opportunities at our Hoffman Auto Group dealerships.  Along with Elliot Matos, make sure to look for:

Craig Tracey, Service Manager, Hoffman Lexus

Craig Tracey, Service Manager, Hoffman Lexus

Rock Subramani

Rock Subramani, Service Manager, Hoffman Nissan

Dwight Dery

Dwight Dery, Service Manager, Hoffman Honda







We look forward to meeting the attendees and sharing the opportunities at Hoffman Auto Group. Make sure to stop by our table and say hello! More information about the career fair can be found at this link.

Volunteer with Hoffman Audi at the Special Olympics Northern Time Trials

SpecialOlympics-Northern Time Trials

Are you looking for a way to give back and get a boost at the same time? Do you want to inspire and encourage others? Then we have a great opportunity for you!


Getting involved with Special Olympics is about transforming lives, including your own. It’s about making your community and neighborhood a more welcoming and accepting place. Mostly, it’s about creating lifelong friendships and a new way of thinking about others – rewards of immeasurable value.

Come join the excitement at the upcoming Northern Time Trials, scheduled for Sunday, May 17th at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. Athletes and Unified Partners from across the state will compete in athletics and aquatics as they qualify for the summer games.

You and your family can help make this a very special day for the athletes and their families. Join the Hoffman Team today by filling out this form. You can select from the volunteer options in the dropdown box.

Special Olympics would not exist today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of its diverse volunteers.



Hoffman Audi Joins Hundreds at American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon

The American Heart Association – Connecticut, held their 10th annual Greater Hartford Go Red For Women Luncheon on Wednesday, March 18 at the Connecticut Convention Center. With over 750 attending, representing hundreds of local businesses, the luncheon raised an impressive $400K through corporate sponsors and individual contributors. New to the event this year was the Women’s Wellness Showcase with exhibitors presenting different aspects of wellness, ranging from educational materials, health screenings, chair massages, an invigorating Zumba demonstration and even a selfie station to pose for a photo and share a “Life is Why” moment.

A common theme throughout the event was the importance of advocating for your health by taking steps toward living healthier lives today. One of the many highlights was Leigh Pechillo, who shared her story beginning with her infant son, Robby, who required open-heart surgery to repair a valve when a murmur had been detected. Her experience with heart disease continued as her father battled several cardiovascular complications. These experiences prompted Leigh and her family to become involved as volunteers and give back to the AHA, helping raise awareness and funds for an organization that had benefitted

Leigh's family receives the Heart Saver Hero award. Given to recognize anyone who assisted in any part of a survivors' story.

Leigh’s family receives the Heart Saver Hero award. Given to recognize anyone who assisted in any part of a survivors’ story.  
Photo by Mike Musto, Hoffman Auto Group

their family personally. Little did she know that her personal experience was about to take a direct hit on her heart. As she recalled a typical Mother’s Day morning with her husband, son and daughter, she was treated to breakfast and smiles from her children. It was a good day, but she felt a little “off”, heartburn, she thought. After a call to the doctor who suggested it could be heartburn or possibly angina, he advised starting with an antacid and if the discomfort remained, it would be necessary to go to the hospital. Leigh had a variety of thoughts: “angina? Not possible,” “I’m a mom and have too much to do,” “I’m too young for a heart attack.” Continuing through the morning, Leigh still didn’t feel well and went to the bathroom to see if they had any antacid. At that point she dropped to the floor in full cardiac arrest and does not recall anything until waking up four days later at Hartford Hospital.

Doctors found a 70% blockage in the left anterior descending artery, also known as the “widow maker” because a blockage in this location often results in death. When asked why she thinks she is alive today, Leigh credits “prayers from family and friends, CPR administered by her husband and EMTs, the doctors and nurses who cared for her, and the American Heart Association” for its dedication to wiping out this disease.

Rhonda Hall, National Go Red Spokesperson

Rhonda Hall, National Go Red Spokesperson. Photo by Mike Musto, Hoffman Auto Group

Rhonda Hall, National Go Red Spokesperson, also shared her inspirational story of change, leading to a healthier life through diet and exercise. Ms. Hall asked attendees to make the simple but important pledge to reduce sodium intake. Her small but sustained changes resulted in significant weight loss and reduced need for diabetic insulin. In agreement with all of the presenters of the day, Rhonda reminded everyone to be their own advocate. “Know your numbers and use them as a baseline to make small changes toward better health,” she said. As a special education teacher in Springfield, MA, Ms. Hall also addressed teaching children, both at home and in schools, about the importance of healthy choices and advocating for themselves.

The American Heart Association puts emphasis on teaching our youth about healthy living as well as what to do in an emergency. Leigh Pechillo and her family are strong supporters in the local efforts to engage school children with “Jump Rope for Heart” events that engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope as a fund-raising event while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues. Additionally, there is a nationwide effort to have CPR training in all high schools, ensuring more people are properly trained and ready to save a life in those critical first moments.

Deborah Denno, Sylvia Guinan, Dave Federman, Scott Goodwin, I. Bradley Hoffman, Zachary R. Hoffman, Matthew S. Hoffman, Monica Hoffman, Jonathan T. Hoffman, Megan Hoffman and Brian Vendig. Photo by Mike Musto, Hoffman Auto Group

Deborah Denno, Sylvia Guinan, Dave Federman, Scott Goodwin, I. Bradley Hoffman, Zachary R. Hoffman, Matthew S. Hoffman, Monica Hoffman, Jonathan T. Hoffman, Megan Hoffman and Brian Vendig.
Photo by Mike Musto, Hoffman Auto Group

Hoffman Audi has been proud to support the American Heart Association and continues partnership to ensure lives are saved through increased awareness of the risks, education to improve the health of our lives and an overall decrease in heart disease and stroke in women. Bradley Hoffman, Co-chair of Hoffman Auto Group and American Heart Association Board Member, emphasized the importance of supporting the AHA to make a difference in the lives of people like Leigh. “Open your heart and dig deep whether it is $25, $100 or $1000,” Bradley stated, “because your donation helps save lives of people like Leigh, and perhaps your own, by supporting the programs and education provided by the AHA.” Get informed today by visiting Heart.org and learn how you, too, can join the efforts to wipe out cardiovascular disease.

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American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon 2015.  
Photo by Mike Musto, Hoffman Auto Group