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Golf Rounds, Good Moods, & Great Causes: NELA Nails All

Martin Romjue
Posted on August 14, 2018
Dawson Rutter of Commonwealth Worldwide at the New England Livery Association's 19th annual George Colarullo Memorial Golf Tournament at the Marlborough (Mass.) Country Club, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 (LCT photos)

Dawson Rutter of Commonwealth Worldwide at the New England Livery Association's 19th annual George Colarullo Memorial Golf Tournament at the Marlborough (Mass.) Country Club, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 (LCT photos)

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — The weather may have been hot, sticky, and humid, but if you weren’t there you wouldn’t know it from the photos.

Despite a heat wave, more than 90 players turned out Aug. 7 for the New England Livery Association’s 19th annual George Colarullo Memorial Golf Tournament.

Held on the rolling hills course of the Marlborough Country Club, New England luxury transportation operators, vendors, sponsors, and guests divided up into golf teams of four and a cadre of volunteers that helped the 18-hole game move along.

Ninety-six registered players divided into teams of four playing across the hilly 18-hole course.

Ninety-six registered players divided into teams of four playing across the hilly 18-hole course.

Industry Sponsored Success

The event also drew 19 formal sponsors for every aspect of the daylong breakfast-lunch-dinner event and awards ceremony, 21 tee sponsors, and six auction/raffle prize donors.

Funds donated and raised will support NELA’s operations and the regional branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

LCT NELA GOLF PHOTO GALLERY HERE

A day on the course brought out a constant cross-traffic of carts moving about the holes as golfers could display their swing expertise, whether rusty or near-pro. A late afternoon buffet dinner and awards ceremony inside the country club, hosted by NELA executive director Rick Szilagyi and Lynda Saitta of Momentum Drives, also golf committee co-chairs, recognized the following players and participants:

Golfers get ready to line-up the carts for a shotgun start.

Golfers get ready to line-up the carts for a shotgun start.

First Place: LA Limousine, owned by NELA board 2nd VP Tina Benson, always has a strong team in this tournament. Team LA Limousine, captained by her son, Justin Benson, has won this annual tournament numerous times since it began in 2000. Finishing at 15 under in this best-ball tournament, this is their 5th time taking the top spot. Justin’s teammates were Brian Nowak, Dylon Lortie, and Tina’s brother, Carl Varney, who is a huge help each year with the NELA’s Chauffeur Appreciation Day.

Second Place: Team Able Limousine, captained by long-time NELA President Mike Callahan, finished in second place at 13 under, after a card-off tie breaker with the team taking third place. Team Able Limousine’s other players were Mike Xidea, who scored a hole-in-one during the tournament, Jeff Canady, and Alex Scriccio.

Third Place: Team Advantage Funding, captained by golf committee member Dan Morgan, finished in third place at 13 under. Dan’s teammates were Dante Rizzo, Patrick Laffan of MCI, and Seth Robbins, Esq., nephew of late NELA board member Jerry Robbins of Weldon Worldwide.

  • Closest to the pin on hole 12: Arthur Messina, founder and CEO of Create-A-Card Inc.
  • Closest to the pin on hole 7: Mike Xidea of team Able Limousine… with a hole-in-one
  • Longest Drive on hole 16: Brian Nowak of team LA Limousine

Stephanie Prince of Prince Limousine won the top raffle price, a 49-in. UHD TV 4D.

What Mattered Most That Day

One of the golfers, Alex Scriccio, who represented the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, spoke during the awards ceremony about how contributions help fund research and advances for medicines and treatments of the genetic condition.

Thanks to such progress, his 7-year-old son now takes a new FDA-approved medication instead of visiting the hospital four times a year for treatments.

“Dylan is the healthiest he’s ever been,” Scriccio told the ceremony crowd. “Ever since the medication, he hasn’t had to get I.V. treatments for 12 hours to clean out his system. I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.”

LCT Trade Show Season Ahead

LCT Magazine donated two full show passes to LCT-NLA Show East to be held Nov. 4-6 at Harrah’s Atlantic City. Winning bidders were NELA President Jason Dornhoffer of United Private Car in Boston, and Andrew Tighe of Tristar Worldwide Chauffeured Services in Boston.

LCT also donated to NELA two full show passes to the 2019 International LCT Show to be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas March 24-27 to be auctioned off at a future event, but they were snatched up by bidders Dawson Rutter and Tami Saccoccio of Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation in Boston for a generous sum.

Related Topics: charity, Dawson Rutter, donations, fundraiser, ILCT 2019, industry leaders, Jeff Canady, Laura Canady, LCT Events, LCT-NLA Show East, limo associations, limo tradeshows, Mike Callahan, New England Livery Association, New England operators, Rick Szilagyi, Tami Saccoccio

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