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

 

Hoffman Auto Group Dealerships Honored With Multiple Awards

At the Hoffman Auto Group we take great pride in serving our community for the past 94 years. Our mission is to work diligently to earn the trust and loyalty of our customers. Strong product offerings from respectable brands and award-winning customer service have been the foundation of our success. As a result, Hoffman Audi of New London, Hoffman Honda, Hoffman Lexus and Hoffman Toyota-Scion were recipients of their respective manufacturer awards recognizing outstanding performance. In addition, Hoffman Audi of East Hartford, Hoffman Honda, Hoffman Lexus and Hoffman Toyota-Scion received the Edmunds.com Five Star Dealer Award!

Audi Magna Society

The coveted Audi Magna Society Audi Magna Society Award LogoAward is only earned by the top Audi retailers in the United States through the demonstration of exceptional customer service and strong business performance. Every Audi dealership employee must represent the Audi brand and culture in order to be considered for the Magna Society Award. Hoffman Audi of New London is one of only five Connecticut Audi dealerships to receive this prestigious honor for this past year.

Honda President’s Award

Bringing joy to customers by exceeding their expectations is a foundation of the Honda culture. Hoffman Honda earned the 2014 Honda President’s Award by embracing and practicing this philosophy. To be selected for this honor, Hoffman Honda met a strict set of standards in the areas of customer service experience, business operations and brand representation.

Elite of Lexus Award

Elite of Lexus Award LogoJoining the League of Elite is Hoffman Lexus. Earning this honor is as difficult as it sounds. In fact, only three other Lexus dealerships in the entire state of Connecticut were chosen as recipients of this honor. All aspects of a dealership’s business operations and customer experience are taken into account when determining who will be be chosen for this elite honor. When you visit Hoffman Lexus you will clearly see why it is in the League of Elite.

Toyota President’s Award

Toyota President's Award Logo 2014For the third consecutive year, and fifth time overall Hoffman Toyota-Scion achieved the prestigious Toyota President’s Award. Earning this accolade recognizes Toyota dealerships that fully embrace the spirit of customer satisfaction at every consumer touch-point. When you see the Toyota President’s Award logo be confident you are partnering with the best of the best.

Edmunds.com Five Star Dealer Award

In order to earn the Edmunds Five Star Dealer Award a dealership must attain a rating ofEdmunds.com Five Star Dealer Award Logo 2015 five stars in sales and service with a minimum of 20 customer reviews during the last year, all while being an Edmunds Price Promisesm dealer. For the 2015 award there were a total of 17 Edmunds Five Star dealers in the state of Connecticut, four of which proudly reside within the Hoffman Auto Group lineup (Hoffman Audi of East Hartford, Hoffman Honda, Hoffman Lexus and Hoffman Toyota-Scion).

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The Hoffman Auto Group is honored to receive these prestigious distinctions from the automotive manufacturers we represent. We are driven to provide a unique and exceptional customer experience within all aspects of our organization. We invite you to read what others are saying about us online and to come experience for yourself why Hoffman is Driven By Trustsm. We would like to thank you, our loyal customers, for continually providing us the opportunity to serve you and our surrounding communities.

All Sales Departments of Hoffman Auto Group Open on Sunday, February 15 and 22

For your convenience, the Hoffman Auto Group will be opening all sales departments on both Sunday, February 15 and February 22. Store hours at all locations will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Browse our inventory ahead of time and give us a call to set up a convenient appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Hoffman Auto Group Will #GoRed For Women on Friday, February 6

Hoffman Auto Group is pleased to sponsor the American Heart Association – Go Red for Women event again this year. Part of raising awareness for their efforts includes the National Wear Red Day 2015. This year it is Friday, February 6 and we invite you to participate along with us at the Hoffman Auto Group by wearing red.

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Go Red For Women has been successful over the last decade by helping to educate women on the risk factors for heart disease or stroke. During this time the death rates of women from heart disease have declined by 34 percent. This is encouraging progress and more is yet to be made. You can help in a variety of ways. Learn the facts about heart disease and share this information with the women in your life. There are a multitude of resources available to answer your questions as well as provide helpful tips to improve your healthy choices.

It’s not just a man’s disease.

Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.

Chances are you know someone who has been impacted by heart disease. You can read inspiring stories of survival and hope on the Go Red for Women website.

 Get inspired. Get involved. Get ready!

#GoRed

Hoffman Auto Group will be sharing photos of our employees who get creative next Friday. Please be sure to check our Facebook page and share some of your own photos with us – how creative will you be?

 

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Families benefit from Hoffman Auto Group’s continued support of Community Renewal Team

The holidays are meant to be a time of joyful reflection and loving connection with friends and family. However, there are families that face challenging financial times that don’t disappear when the festivities begin. The Hoffman Auto Group has supported the Community Renewal Team (CRT) for about 30 years and continues to help spread cheer by partnering with them to provide over 200 local families every year with baskets full of delicious food to prepare a holiday meal. “We believe in the importance of strengthening our community by supporting local charities which provide services to families and children in need, ” said I. Bradley Hoffman, co-chairman of Hoffman Auto Group. He continues, “the Hoffman family finds great joy and fulfillment in continuing the tradition of presenting the CRT with gift baskets for families to enjoy over the holiday season.” Jeffrey S. Hoffman, co-chairman of Hoffman Auto Group and member of the CRT Board of Trustees commented, “day in and day out CRT helps people in the Hartford community in so many ways (food, education, housing, health).  It gives us great pleasure to be able to help families through our partnership with CRT.”

Photo courtesy of Community Renewal Team

Photo courtesy of Community Renewal Team

CRT was established in 1963 to provide members of the community help with child care, home heating assistance, affordable preschool, financial fitness, job skills and even a matched savings program. Part of the wrap-around service includes helping clients meet basic needs, including food assistance. In over 50 years of dedication to the community, the CRT has become the largest nonprofit human agency in Connecticut.

Photo courtesy of Community Renewal Team.   I. Bradley Hoffman, Jonathan T. Hoffman, Lena Rodriguez, Matthew S. Hoffman and Jeffrey S. Hoffman.

 I. Bradley Hoffman, Jonathan T. Hoffman, Lena Rodriguez, Matthew S. Hoffman and Jeffrey S. Hoffman. (Photo courtesy of Community Renewal Team.)

 

The Hoffmans and the employees of Hoffman Auto Group encourage you to become involved in your local community and consider supporting CRT throughout the year. There are a variety of opportunities for businesses and individuals to ‘pay it forward.’ When you become involved with CRT through volunteer opportunities; corporate, community and educational partnerships; as well as, sponsorships and individual donations; you have a tremendous impact in the lives of people within the community. Over 130,000 people benefit from the programs and services of the CRT every year. For more details about CRT, visit www.crtct.org