On Wednesday night the Cos Cob Riders, a local group of motorcycle enthusiasts, descended on Kids in Crisis on Salem Street to deliver a check for $12,000, which they raised through a recent fundraising ride.
Kimberly Wolfson-Lisak, clinical director at Kids in Crisis, grew emotional as she thanked the Cos Cob Riders for their donation.
Since a massive funding cut from the state, Kids in Crisis has had to reduce their facility from a total of 20 beds to just 12.
“I am emotional because of this donation of $12,000,” Wolfson-Lisak said through tears. “Every dollar donated is so important, so yes, I get emotional.”
“The Cos Cob Riders brought us $12,000, which will help us give the kids what they need the most – a safe place to live, lots of learning activities and a place to help them heal,” she continued.
On Wednesday night, the emergency shelter was at capacity with children ranging from one year old to 17 years old.
“This means a lot to the kids,” Wolfson-Litvak continued, as children darted across the yard at the facility. “And tonight they get to see it, and that moves me too.”
“A lot of biker groups have a bad rap,” said Rocco Ceci, just before the check was presented. “But we have a positive group, and I can’t think of a better cause than Kids in Crisis.”
Last year, when Kids in Crisis learned they lost their entire state funding of about $1,000,000, the Cos Cob riders held a major fundraiser for about 300 people at the St. Lawrence Club in Cos Cob, raising about $12,000.
This year’s fundraising ride began at the High Ridge Road commuter parking lot, and lasted about 90 minutes, ending with a party at the Glenville Polish Club in Greenwich.
“Anything we can do…” said Cos Cob Riders Jimmy Abbate. “Next year we’ll try even harder. It’s a brotherhood responsible for this.”
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