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Saturday, September 30, 2023
NELA NELA VP Tina Benson of LA Limousine (left) and Lynda Saitta of Momentum Drives

The New England Livery Association (NELA) recently held its annual Chauffeur Appreciation Day on June 15. The day is a yearly event where NELA's Board of Directors and other members volunteer to both prepare lunches for and support the driving staff that serve as the public faces of livery operations throughout New England.

The Logan International Airport Limo Pool turned into the place to be to grab some grub, win some prizes, check out some entertainment, and be recognized for all the work that chauffeurs do to keep New England’s luxury ground transportation companies running.

NELA L to R: NELA President Brett Barenholtz of Above All Transportation/Boston Car, Mike Hadley of Logan International Airport, and Mark Kini of Boston Chauffeur

Now in its 21st year, the long-running day of gratitude serves up free meals of hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and sausages by the hundreds—and with all the fixings—to busy chauffeurs as they make airports runs to and from New England’s largest airport.

NELA L to R: Brittni Kirk of All Points Limo, Deb Rourke of Avery Insurance, and Alicia Hayes of American Classic Limousine

Officers and members of NELA came out to work the food stations and booths. But the event would not be possible without the year-after-year dedication to chairing the event from NELA Vice President Tina Benson of LA Limousine. In addition to Tina, her brother Carl who also works at LA Limousine, is always instrumental in hauling the wooden “store-front” they had built for the event years ago, as well as the grills, picking up most of the food to be prepared, and then working the grills all day long. Supporting Tina on the Chauffeur Appreciation Day committee, and working hard all day and the weeks leading up to the event, were board members Alicia Hayes of American Classic Limousine and Brittni Kirk of All Points Limo. Also on hand were Lynda Saitta of Momentum Drives, Deb Rourke of Avery Insurance, Joe Puleo of DavEl/BostonCoach, and Steve Crispo of Research Underwriters who helped make the event a success by serving food, running the raffle tables, and ensuring that the day ran smoothly.

NELA L to R: Brett Barenholtz of Above All Transportation/Boston Car, Steve Crispo of Research Underwriters, and Mark Kini of Boston Chauffeur

More than two dozen gold, silver, bronze, entertainment, copper pennant, and raffle sponsors helped make this year’s Chauffeur Appreciation Day possible. Gold sponsors included Above All Transportation, Boston Chauffeur, Commonwealth Worldwide, DPV, Grace Limousine, Great Bay Limousine, Pro Limo, RMA Worldwide, and United Private Car.

The next events for NELA include its June 27 annual membership meeting and August 8 annual golf tournament.

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