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MARLTON, N.J. — Operators who buy a Lincoln livery vehicle from Feb. 15 through March 31 will be supporting two leading limousine industry causes.
For every new 2014 MY Lincoln MKT Town Car, MKS livery sedan and Navigator L SUV bought in that period, Lincoln Limousine & Livery Vehicles will donate to the National Limousine Association, the Harold Berkman Memorial Fund, and/or toward new membership dues for non-NLA buyers.
The affinity sponsorship program was announced late Tuesday by NLA President Gary Buffo and board directors Robert Alexander and Michael Campbell, who co-chair the NLA Charity Fundraising Committee. The group developed the program with Craig Hall, specialty vehicle account manager with Lincoln Limousine & Livery Vehicles.
Here’s how the program works:
The program debuts on Feb. 15, one day before the official start of the International LCT Show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which runs Feb. 16-18. The event, co-produced with the NLA, is expected to draw more than 3,000 operators who will shop for all types of chauffeured vehicles on a sold-out exhibit floor.
The affinity program includes all Lincoln limousine/livery vehicles bought at any authorized participating Lincoln dealership nationwide through March 31 and vehicles ordered and bought during the Show.
This unique and unprecedented program between the NLA and Lincoln evolved after the two organizations successfully raised money from an auction of a Lincoln MKT Town Car on Oct. 27, 2013 during LCT Show East in Atlantic City, N.J.
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"We have maintained a close business relationship exploring ways to mutually benefit our respective organizations," NLA executive director Philip Jagiela said. “This is something we attempt to do with all of our NLA vendor member partners to provide valued-added benefits as part of their membership. This specially designed program between the NLA and Ford/Lincoln livery team has created a special incentive for current NLA members and non-NLA members alike.”
In addition to donating to charities via the Harold Berkman Memorial Fund, such fund-raising supports the NLA’s lobbying and advocacy efforts on behalf of operators in dealing with numerous regulatory and political challenges to ground transportation.
As a longtime leading seller of limousine vehicles, Lincoln has historically been a strong supporter of the NLA and its board of directors as well as a top vehicle exhibitor for three decades at International LCT Shows.
“We are thankful for the long standing relationship we have been able to enjoy as partners with the Ford/Lincoln organization," Buffo said. "This will bring a significant benefit to both our association members and Charity Committee efforts and certainly will be a huge success for all parties involved. We look forward to continuing this healthy relationship."
— Martin Romjue, LCT
Vehicle specs and info:
2014 Lincoln MKT Town Car
2014 Lincoln MKS Livery Sedan
2014 Lincoln Navigator L SUV
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