This week Chris Antonino met with Pete Arseneault, CTE Teacher at Bacon Academy, to donate a Tire Balancer to Bacon Academy's Automotive Technology program. This piece of equipment will offer a lot of great opportunities for their students and Mr. Arseneault is excited to get this integrated into their program.
General Manager, Chris Antonino, joined Teresa Dufour on CT Style to discuss how Toyota of Colchester has been handling the changes of doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chris Antonino answers the following questions:
- How has COVID-19 affected the CT car dealerships?
- How have sales moved online?
- Do you think this has changed the way people will buy cars in the future?
- What’s the secret to success?
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
Our store was represented at the Colchester Park's and Recreation's All Hallow's Festival.
We welcomed Veterans of Korea, Vietnam, and Saudi Wars Association: Greater Hartford Chapter 1 to lead our Flag Replacement Ceremony. They gifted Toyota of Colchester with a plaque thanking them for their commitment to helping Veterans.
The American Red Cross came out to Toyota of Colchester to hold our annual blood drive. Thanks to those who donated, we were able to collect 26 Pints which can help 78 Patients in need.
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.
Santa stopped by Toyota of Colchester during his busy season to take pictures with all the good boys and girls. Mrs. Claus was also on hand to make sure everyone had candy canes. Visitors were encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to our Toys for Tots Drive. We collected enough gifts to fill Santa's bag 3 times.
Toyota of Colchester invited their customers and everyone in the community to enter our Mini Golf Championship Contest. Those who entered our ontest were invited back to the dealership on December 6th to try their shot at our putting green. The first person to make a Hole-In-One would win No Car Payments for a year! Our putting green was deceptively difficult, though a few contestants came within inches of making a Hole-In-One. Sadly no one sunk their putt, but we were going to have a winning at the end of the night. We radomly drew a name from those who competed in our contest that night. Congratulations to Chris Ozmun!
Toyota of Colchester is proud to be a sponsor of this year's Colchester Parks & Recreation community events, programs, and camps. General Manager, Chris Antonino, presented the sponsorship check to Cari Duigou (Day Camp Director), Deana Stella (Kindercamp Director) and Amy Piacenza (Assistant Director), as well as the Summer Camp Counselors & Counselors In Training!
Toyota of Colchester held a community blood drive at the dealership in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Thanks to everyone who took part in this event we were able to collect 32 units of blood!