Community Support for Military Families Recognized at Chamber Event
On November 1, the business community will gather to support and thank those who serve at the 10th Annual Military Appreciation Breakfast at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa. The Chamber is able to extend complimentary invitations to local members of the military through the support of event sponsors General Dynamics Electric Boat, Foxwoods and Dunkin’.
At the event, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT’s Military Affairs Council recognizes two businesses who go above and beyond with the Military Community Support Award. This year’s winners are Antonino Auto Group and Cardinal Honda.
“With over 6,000 members of the military serving in eastern Connecticut, our community has the opportunity to support them and their families in significant ways,” said Tony Sheridan, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. “We are happy to recognize those businesses who go the extra mile in offering services, employing military spouses and veterans, and contributing to military causes.”
Antonino Auto Group stepped up when government employees were placed on furlough during the government shutdown in January, donating $30,000 to the Chief Petty Officers Association. Each of the nine Antonino dealerships held a drive for Save-a-Suit, resulting in a van full of suits to be given to veterans entering the civilian workforce.
Cardinal Honda employs many active military spouses and veterans. The Cardinal Foundation purchased parade rifles for parade groups, hosted military appreciation picnics and barbecues, and opened the dealership to military groups to hold car washes for fundraisers. Navy law enforcement officers partnered with Cardinal to raise money and awareness for Connecticut Special Olympics.
The public is invited to attend the 10th Annual Military Appreciation Breakfast on November 1, 7:45-9:15 a.m. at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa in Groton, featuring the U.S. Navy Silver Dolphins Color Guard, Fitch High School Chamber Choir, and remarks from representatives from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army.