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Celebrate Connecticut Veterans November 10th, 2012 at Mohegan Sun

Key Hyundai Save a Suit Veterans Day

Mohegan Sun, November 10, 2012 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

On behalf of the Key Hyundai family of customers and employees, I am so proud to sponsor Celebrate Our Veterans event on November 10th at Mohegan Sun with Save-a-Suit and  Ann Nyberg’s Network Connecticut to benefit veterans and veteran organizations active right here in Connecticut.

Key Hyundai Celebrates Our Veterans Saturday November 10, 2012 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Mohegan Sun

Come honor the men and women who have served our country on November 10th, 2012 with fun, entertainment and so much more as Network Connecticut hosts a special party at Mohegan Sun, in the Uncas Ballroom from 11:00am to 5:00pm.  Live entertainment featuring Grammy-nominated Blues legend James Montgomery, Illusionist David Martin as seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, great food, boutiques, raffles and family fun.

After this past summer’s successful Key Hyundai Soldier-to-Civilian suit drive benefiting Save-a-Suit, I couldn’t help but sponsor this Veteran’s Day event as well. Over 300 veterans are expected to attend, and each will receive a suit to help them successfully transition to the civilian workforce.

Veterans wil be admitted free of charge at Mohegan Sun event November 10, with regular admission $20 per person, and all proceeds benefit local vets through Connecticut based non-profits for veterans Save-a-Suit and Operation Music Aid.

• Special incentive from Key Hyundai exclusively for veterans: $1000 off 2012 or 2013 Hyundai
• Save-A-Suit Foundation distributing suits to veterans seeking jobs post-service
• Save-A-Suit giving away a $1000 prize to winning “What is the American Dream” essay
• Entertainment sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A
• Special guest Ann Nyberg of Network Connecticut will emcee.
• Musical guests honor veterans with free concerts and blues legend, James Montgomery.
• Attendance free for veterans.
• $20 attendance donation for all others.

Jill Merriam Haiti Trip Provides Authentic Advice

Jill Merriam volunteers in Haiti for MATH

Jill Merriam joins MATH: Medical Aid to Haiti, part of the CT contingency providing solutions in Haiti

I recently read this piece about doing the work necessary to live life no; in essence, putting in the effort in every aspect of your life, and not merely talking about it.

I shared this with all the Key Hyundai employees, and would like to share with customers and the Connecticut community as well.  Seth Godin, one of our time’s leading thinkers, wrote this:


It would be great to be picked, to win the random lottery, to have a dream come true.

But when we rely on a wish to get where we want to go, we often sacrifice the effort that might make it more likely that we get what we actually need. Waiting for the prince to show up is a waste of valuable time, and the waiting distracts us from and devalues the hard work we might be doing instead.

If you can influence the outcome, do the work.

If you can’t influence the outcome, ignore the possibility. It’s merely a distraction.

This thought has been on my mind since I recently returned from a humanitarian medical trip to Haiti with MATH (Medical Aid to Haiti) where I saw first hand just how fortunate we are to live in the United States.

Go out and harness the strengths you were given.  Don’t wait until you win the lottery, excel at your job, get married, get the promotion, get along better with your co-workers, have more customers.  Do it now!

In America, we can’t blame “the system” because it’s 99% better than it is in the rest of the world.  Want a free education?  Go to a public library.  Want more sales customers?  Go stand in the service drive.  Want your customer satisfaction bonus?  Wow your customers. Want more fulfillment?  Volunteer at a soup kitchen.  Whatever you do, just don’t wait.  Take advantage of the gifts we have living in a first world country.

This fits right in with the Key Hyundai mission statement of being solution providers and not product pushers.  The happy, more fulfilled and more joyful you are, the more joy you will bring to your customers and the more joy you will receive back in return.