On May 1, 1968, Mario D'Addario purchased a small Buick GMC dealership on Main Street in Ansonia, establishing D'Addario Buick
. Re-development dictated he find a new location from the four bay garage and dirt parking lot. By 1970 the dealership was relocated to its present location in Shelton and over the years has transformed into five new car franchises and two parts and service departments, as well as an on site body shop.
The growth was planned over the years with Nissan added in 1985, Pontiac added in 2002, the auto body in 2003, and finally Cadillac added in 2005. The dealership continues to be a family owned and operated business led since the late 80's by Mario's son Tom. The D'Addario family wanted to in some way repay the Valley Community for years of loyal customers and the opportunity the Valley offered them. When VCF Board member Dave Grant approached Tom D'Addario about establishing a fund in the D'Addario name, Tom felt the time was right and established the D'Addario Family Community Fund.
“There’s always time in life to give back a little bit,” said Tom D’Addario. “Our business has grown through the years, and the Valley has been good to us. We wanted to help those who are in need in our community, and felt that we could really make a difference by establishing this Fund.” Grants from the D’Addario Community Fund will be made for general charitable purposes to benefit the residents of the cities and towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton, as decided by the VCF Board.
Tom, his wife Mary, and three children Tom, Dan and Sara have lived in Shelton for over 20 years. Tom felt it was important to live in the community that affords his family their living. In the late 90's the D'Addario Family established the Mario and Irma D'Addario Hypertension Program at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport. Funds to support the program are raised primarily through donations and an annual car raffle sponsored by Tom D'Addario. The D'Addario Family now hopes to turn its attention towards the Valley to establish a Fund which will continue to grow to help meet the needs of others throughout the Valley who can really use their support.