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NLA Auctions Off Lincoln MKT For Limo Industry Charity Efforts

Posted on November 1, 2013

John and Doris Sutich of Perfect Limo Service of Montvale, N.J., with their new 2014 Lincoln MKT Town Car on the LCT East show floor, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.
John and Doris Sutich of Perfect Limo Service of Montvale, N.J., with their new 2014 Lincoln MKT Town Car on the LCT East show floor, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — John and Doris Sutich of Perfect Limo Service of Montvale, N.J., submitted the winning bid Monday night for a 2014 Lincoln MKT Town Car valued at $45,000.

Their $42,000 bid came during a live auction Monday night during the 1st Annual LCT People’s Choice Awards at Caesars Atlantic City. It is the first ever such NLA charity auction for a chauffeured vehicle since the NLA was founded in 1985.

$22,000 from the auction sale is being donated to the NLA Harold Berkman Memorial Fund, the limousine industry’s leading charity and philanthropic arm. The Fund is named after the late Harold Berkman, founder of Los Angeles-based Music Express, a past NLA President, and a founder of the professionally organized limousine industry. Berkman contributed to the original NLA Charity Fund when it was started in 1996. The NLA voted to rename it in honor of Berkman after he died in 1997. To date has contributed more than $540,000 to various charities that include: Alliance for Lupus Research, American Cancer Society, City of Hope, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Philabundance.

Doris and John Sutich (center) with Ford/Lincoln's Craig Hall (L) and LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-McLean (R) moments after the couple made the winning bid during the NLA auction of a 2014 Lincoln MKT Town Car.
Doris and John Sutich (center) with Ford/Lincoln's Craig Hall (L) and LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-McLean (R) moments after the couple made the winning bid during the NLA auction of a 2014 Lincoln MKT Town Car.

NLA Charity Committee co-chairs Robert Alexander, RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, and Michael Campbell, Grace Limousine, worked with Craig Hall, specialty vehicle account manager of Lincoln Limousine & Livery Vehicles, and the Ford/Lincoln limousine team to secure a 2014 MKT for the live charity auction event.

Alexander led the bidding Monday night for the “2004” — 2014!!!! — Lincoln MKT Town Car, fully loaded with all amenities. He energetically dashed about the room in mock-auctioneer fashion, making quips and wisecracks as he bemusedly “heckled” attendees into jacking their bids by $500 increments.

The Sutiches are celebrating their 29th anniversary in the industry this year. They started as a two-vehicle operation in 1984 and now provide a diverse fleet of vehicles catering to the corporate traveler, including sedans, limousines, SUVs and a Rolls Royce. Perfect is owned and operated by Doris Sutich, majority owner, and her husband John. They participate in many NLA activities as well as the Limousine Associations of New Jersey events.

“We loved the LCT Show East, along with all the NLA offers, and find it amazing other people don’t get more involved in what both our local and national associations have to provide,” Doris Sutich said.  “We are thrilled to be a part of the NLA philanthropic activities and found it heartwarming to view the presentation of the check to Robert ‘Woody’ Johnson during his keynote speech.”

In a separate donation, Ford/Lincoln and the NLA Harold Berkman Memorial Fund presented a $20,000 contribution to Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, at the end of his “fireside chat” keynote interview on Oct. 28 with NLA Show Committee co-chair Scott Solombrino, President and CEO of Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network. Johnson is a world renowned businessman and philanthropist, especially noted for his devotion to the Alliance for Lupus Research Foundation

Sources: Philip Jagiela, NLA; Martin Romjue, LCT

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