NELA CEO Rick Szilagyi said the daylong event is a chance to give back to the chauffeurs at the frontline of members’ companies. NELA’s 2nd Vice President Tina Benson of L.A. Limousine Service, as well as her industry-supporting siblings Cindy and Carl, “were all huge contributors of manpower”—Benson’s father, in fact, used to take on much of the day’s responsibilities in years past.
“Tina’s father used to work a canteen truck at fairs, so they would bring that truck to Chauffeur Appreciation Day,” Szilagyi said. “Now, she builds this wooden frame that serves as our storefront. Behind that, we have the two big grills that we just keep working all day.”
Much of the NELA board and a handful of the association’s members were jockeying to run the grills and serve up hot sausage, sweet sausage, hamburgers, and hot dogs to chauffeurs who traveled from as far away as Portland, Maine, to pick up and drop-off travelers hailing from all over New England.
As an extra thank-you to the chauffeurs who were able to stop by, raffles went on throughout the day. Sullivan Tire & Auto Repair donated more than 20 certificates for free oil changes, and Sunoco donated a pass to a NASCAR event. Everyone who bought a raffle ticket also received a T-shirt.
NELA’s next event is its annual George Colarullo Memorial Golf Tournament, which will be held August 18 at the Marlborough Country Club in Massachusetts and raise money for both CHIP’s House and One Mission this year.
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NELA Shows Appreciation for Its Chauffeurs
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