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Limo Patriot Ride Rolls Strong For Five Years

Jim Luff
Posted on April 4, 2019
A rider and special friend get ready to saddle up for the trek through the Las Vegas area desert (photo by Jim Luff/LCT)

A rider and special friend get ready to saddle up for the trek through the Las Vegas area desert (photo by Jim Luff/LCT)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The skies were bright blue as the sun rose over the Las Vegas desert on March 28. Event organizer Ron Stein said, “We could not have asked for better weather,” for the 5th Annual Limo Patriot Ride that followed the International LCT Show. 

This was a stark contrast to the wind, rain, hail, thunder, and lightning riders experienced last year.

Semper Fi

The annual motorcycle ride benefits the charity the Semper Fi Fund. The non-profit was the vision of Karen Guenther, a registered nurse who was working with wounded Marines and sailors as they returned home from Iraq for post-war care in 2003.

Guenther, along with other military spouses, realized the many challenges veterans faced and began organizing “Welcome Home” parties and preparing welcome home bags to lift the spirits of these wounded heroes. They began fundraising for the parties, bags, and even travel funds to get relatives into the Oceanside area to spend time with the vets.

The efforts soon blossomed into a 501-C3 non-profit organization. The personal project on Guenther’s kitchen table was expanded by Wendy Lethin, Dawn Olson, and Sarah Dalke who assisted in forming the non-profit group and expanding it to become a national organization. The core mission of the group is to provide immediate financial relief and deliver quality of life. The success of Guenther’s dream expanded far beyond the dream of helping three wounded Marines. The organization now has paid staff members and hundreds of volunteers who serve thousands of men and women from all military branches as they return home from combat duty.

When operators Michael Callahan, Ron Stein, David Eckstein, Barry Gross, and Lynda Saitta learned of the foundation, they set their mind to help raise money for the group. Under the leadership of Saitta as the committee chair for the 2019 Limo Patriot Ride, a $10,000 check was presented to Mirka Young, a representative of the Semper Fi Fund on behalf of the limousine industry. This donation brings the collective total of industry donated funds to $115,000, Young said.

Industry Support

The Limo Patriot Ride is supported by many iconic operators including Platinum sponsor Camryn Executive Transportation and Limousine, Commonwealth Worldwide, Black Tie Transportation, Valera Global, Able Limousine, Exclusive Sedan Service, Love Limousine, Windy City Limousine and Bus, ABC Chauffeuring, Omni Limousine, Gateway Global, La Costa Limousine, Momentum Drives, and Towne Livery. Industry vendors who ponied up for the cause included Chosen Payments, Grech Motors, Livery Coach, Access Commercial Capital, Book.limo, and Titus Leasing.

The Pre-Ride Party

While there were 45 registered riders, the pre-party held at Border Grill inside Mandalay Bay had more than 100 people in attendance where raffle tickets were sold to raise additional funds. Zena Kulikowska, client relations manager for Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services, helped sell three boxes of hats by offering a personal bonus of a kiss with the purchase of a $10 hat sponsored by Chosen Payments. A live auction was also held to raise funds.

The Ride

The ride kicked off under blue skies and a temperature of 67 degrees. The day warmed up to a comfortable 71 degrees by the time the group stopped for lunch. An assortment of Mexican food such as tacos, burritos, and tostadas was provided by Titus Leasing. The group engaged in a safety meeting and prayer prior to departing to the Valley of Fire National Park.

LCT related: Limo Patriot Ride Photo Gallery

Related Topics: charity, fundraiser, ILCT 2019, LImo Patriot Ride

Jim Luff Contributing Editor
Comments ( 1 )
  • Chuck Psotka

     | about 5 months ago

    Sorry I could not ride with you this year, but greatly enjoyed the Wednesday evening reception.

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