Western Chapter Clambake 2013 RECAP
AASP/MA Western Chapter Hosts Record-Breaking Clambake
On October 11, more than 250 members of the AASP/MA community gathered at the Polish American Club in Feeding Hills for the annual AASP/MA Western Chapter Clambake. The Friday evening event drew auto body shop owners, technicians, vendors and friends for a delicious dinner of steamed clams and barbecue chicken. In addition to earning record-breaking attendance, the Clambake boasted 112 raffle giveaways and special prizes.
The Grand Prize, a “Fall Foliage Airplane Ride” (generously donated by Chris DiMarzio of Linders, Inc.), went to raffle winner Domenic Vecchiarelli of Balise. First Prize winner Matthew Lempritski (Amherst Oakham Auto Recyclers) took home a brand-new 32-inch TV donated to the event by Ron Chechile of Auto Craft Sales, Inc.
Emcees Dan Lamontagne and Mike Boucher kept the festivities moving ahead in a lively fashion during the prize drawings. 15 additional prizes were rewarded exclusively to thrilled body shop owners from the Western Chapter who had their choice of some pretty spectacular prizes including a SunSpot Catalytic Heater and a 3M Denibbing System donated by West Springfield Auto Parts and an iPad donated by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Additional companies that generously donated prizes in this category included Gengras BMW of West Springfield, Scott Carney (Akzo Nobel), LKQ/Keystone Automotive, Mark Smith (Transtar), Paul Motter (Formula Products), Metro Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram, Allan Smith (I-CAR), Jerry Rome Nissan and Plumb Auto Supply of Northampton. Additionally, Ken Athas of Jerry Rome Nissan presented a gift of Organo Gold Coffee & Tea Products to all shop owners.
The Clambake Committee was comprised of Western Chapter members Dan Lamontagne (Acting President), Mike Boucher (Treasurer), Gary Cloutier (State Secretary), Peter Langone (State Director), Andre Marcoux (Past Vice President), Ed Nalewanski (State Director), Don Vermette (Past President) and Paul Zollner (LKQ/Keystone Automotive).
Special thanks to the Gold Sponsors: ABSAP, Akzo Nobel, Bald Hill Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep/Kia, Balise Wholesale Parts Express, BMW of Bridgeport, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, LKQ/Keystone Automotive, Long Automotive, SARAT Ford/ Lincoln, Sherwin-Williams Automotive, Transtar Autobody Technologies and West Springfield Auto Parts all of whom presented a “big check” to Treasurer Mike Boucher. The crowd cheered when long-time sponsor, Jack Sarat of SARAT Ford Lincoln danced his way to the podium to present his check. Way to go, Jack! Many thanks to our other sponsors: Silver - Amherst Oakham Auto Recyclers, Axalta Performance Coatings, Empire Auto Parts, Jerry Rome Nissan and PPG; and Bronze - Lynch Toyota and U-Save Auto Rental of Springfield.
The Clambake Committee also wishes to express its gratitude
to those companies that donated all the amazing raffle prizes: Artioli Chrysler Dodge, U-Save Auto Rental/Enfield, Dillon Chevrolet, Designer Office Systems, Cloots Auto Body, Jerry Rome Nissan, Town Fair Tire, Central Chevrolet, Marcotte Ford, Balise Wholesale Parts Express, HERTZ Local Edition, Larry Skorupski (Rubber Seal), Lonnie Almeida (Snap-On-Tools), SARAT Ford Lincoln, A & R Auto Glass, Regina Jasak Insurance, FL Roberts, Wagner Motors of Shrewsbury, Mitchell Auto Group, Schaller Acura and the Gold, Silver and and Bronze Sponsors.
A special appearance by AASP/MA President, Paul Hendricks added to the excitement of the evening. It was quite the night!
STORY AND ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF
Joel Gausten for New England Automotive Report/Thomas Greco Publishing.
ABSAP, Akzo Nobel, Bald Hill Dodge-Chrysler, Jeep & KIA, Balise Wholesale Parts Express, BMW of Bridgeport, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, LKQ/Keystone Automotive, Long Automotive Group, SARAT Ford Lincoln, Sherwin Williams Automotive, Transtar Autobody Technologies and West Springfield Auto Parts
CLAMBAKE COMMITTEE 2013
From left to right:
Ed Nalewanski, Director (State), Mike Boucher, Treasurer (W.MA), Dan Lamontagne, Acting President (W.MA), Gary Cloutier, Secretary (State), Peter Langone, Director (State), Paul Zollner, LKQ/Keystone Automotive, Andre Marcoux, Past Vice President (W.MA), , Don Vermette, Past President (W.MA),
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
From left to right:
Chris DiMarzio Wholesale Parts Manager for Linder’s, Inc. and Grand Prize Winner Domenic Vecchiarelli of Balise Wholesale Parts Express
1st PLACE WINNER
From Left to Right:
Matthew Lempritski of Amherst Oakham Auto Recyclers and 1st place winner Jay Chechile of Auto Craft Sales, Inc.
From Left to Right:
John Gonet (Langonet Auto Body), Jack Sarat (Sarat Ford), Ed Nalewanski, (Ed's Auto Body, Western Chapter Mechanical Director), Paul Hendricks (Hendricks Auto Body, AASPMA President), Peter Langone (Langonet Auto Body, AASPMA Western Chapter Collision Director)