Turkey. Mashed Potatoes. Gravy. Pumpkin pie. Family. Friends. As the warm aroma of apple pie fills our kitchens this Thanksgiving, like many of you during this continued time of economic changes and challenges, I feel fortunate for so many things: my health, my loving family, and the continued success of MMC due to your patronage this past year. Many families and businesses were not so lucky. On this Thanksgiving I cannot help but think of my 6-year-old daughter’s concern for the families who lost their homes, their possessions, everything in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. “But Daddy, where will they go, what will they eat, where will they sleep?” In the days following the storm when we watched TV under a false sense of normalcy due to generator power, Mackenzie saw a young girl her age crying on the news; her family had lost their home. My little girl locked her tear-filled eyes with mine. “Daddy, I know you’ll help that family. I trust you.”
As any father would, I took my daughter’s trust in me seriously. The very next day both she and her younger brother helped me donate money to various organizations helping with relief efforts and we brought bottled water to a local Sandy donation drive. I wanted my children to see firsthand how trust and gratitude translate into living with integrity. This was my message on that day to my daughter and son. Yet every day I am fortunate enough to be the recipient of a powerful personal and professional message from you; you trust that MMC will take care of your friends and colleagues. As president of the company, I am committed to keeping this trust. And I thank you. I am honored by the client referrals we have received in the past year alone, and I am very grateful that you value and respect my company enough to recommend it to others. I know that all of our accomplishments would be impossible without the support, collaboration and professional relationships you provide MMC.
When I look in my own children’s’ eyes during the holiday season I can’t help but ask myself: am I doing enough to give back, to show my gratitude for all my blessings? This time of year, to me, is about the children. And that’s why MMC is partnering again with the Monroe Police Department and Special Olympics Connecticut in promoting its third annual “Plunge at the Park” charity event. The “Penguin Plunge” will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Great Hollow Lake in Wolfe Park in Monroe. We expect to have local businesses, professionals, students, civic groups, law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, town officials, and several of our athletes donning costumes, team jerseys and bathing suits to “take the plunge” to support Monroe and our surrounding communities’ athletes! If you are interested in joining us in donating – or even taking the plunge! – you can contact us or follow us on our Facebook “Monroe Plunge Connecticut” page. Your generosity would greatly help make this day memorable and meaningful for our local athletes.
I would also like to congratulate all of our clients on their positive media coverage this past year. I am delighted that our clients continue to be regularly featured in such notable local, regional, national and worldwide online, print, television and radio media outlets. Such outlets include, but are not limited to: FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Business Week, USA Today, Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Bloomberg Radio, AP, and NPR. I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank each of our clients for allowing MMC to guide and help them achieve their public relations initiatives and personal goals.
Once again, on behalf of all of us at MMC, I thank you for your ongoing support and continuous feedback on our efforts. We wish you and your family a warm, healthy and happy holiday season.