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GCLA Casino Night A Sure Bet For Pro-Industry Efforts

Martin Romjue
Posted on September 23, 2016

SoCal Penske CEO Phil Hartz hosts the annual GCLA Casino (poker) night, which includes rounds of poker, blackjack and roulette at his Torrance dealership. The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with games getting underway after 6:30 p.m. (LCT file photo 2015)
SoCal Penske CEO Phil Hartz hosts the annual GCLA Casino (poker) night, which includes rounds of poker, blackjack and roulette at his Torrance dealership. The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with games getting underway after 6:30 p.m. (LCT file photo 2015)
TORRANCE, Calif. --- The Greater California Livery Association goes for another gamble at its Casino Night fundraiser tomorrow night: Any non-member who pays to participate will get a gold ticket.

That gold ticket will entitle the non-member to a year's free membership in the GCLA if the ticket holder shows up at a Oct. 18 Lincoln-Continental preview event co-hosted by South Bay Ford and the GCLA. South Bay Ford livery sales manager Steve Wood has pledged to pay the annual dues for non-members with gold tickets. California limousine companies of all fleet sizes are eligible. The GCLA now has 327 members.

"When it comes down to this Casino Night tournament, it’s a great opportunity to be in front of your peers -- large, medium and small companies -- for a relaxed atmosphere to discuss business plans and have a good night with friends," said GCLA President Kevin Illingworth, who will emcee the event.

GCLA President Kevin Illingworth (R) and member Mo Garkani (standing) always add flair to the annual Casino Night. (LCT file photo 2015)
GCLA President Kevin Illingworth (R) and member Mo Garkani (standing) always add flair to the annual Casino Night. (LCT file photo 2015)
The Casino Night, to be held at the Penske Cadillac Buick GMC dealership in Torrance, site of lead sponsor Acton/SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles, spearheads the group's push to raise money for its lobbying efforts in Sacramento. The GCLA hopes to raise between $15,000 and $20,000 Saturday night. EVENT DETAILS HERE.

"The best part of having our own lobbyists is it does set a tone that TNCs cannot get away with everything," Illingworth told LCT. "If it wasn't for the GCLA, the TNCs would be running amok."

An emerging regulatory challenge is the push by TNCs like Uber to get into the advanced reservation business, but avoid the stricter regulations that apply to charter-party carriers like chauffeured transportation companies which take reservations.

"Now they want to do pre-planned transportation, so how can they be regulated one way (as TNCs), and want to do business another way (like charter-party carriers)?" Illingworth asked. "They're trying to have it both ways. They're going against their original licensing as being on-demand only."

Casino Night raises funds through individual tickets bought for the event, group table packages, vendor sponsorships, a silent auction of donated items, and raffles. A percentage of all proceeds raised will be donated to a non-profit organization called The Order of the Knights of Pythias, an international, non-sectarian fraternal order that pays for underprivileged children to attend summer camps.

GCLA Casino Night registration, details & schedule here

Related Topics: Acton SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles, dealerships, fundraiser, GCLA, Greater California Livery Association, industry charity, Kevin Illingworth, legislation, limo associations, lobbying, TNCs

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