On Wednesday night the Cos Cob Riders arrived on their motorcycles at Kids in Crisis on Salem Street just as rush hour began to subside. A couple dozen members arrived including Jimmy Abbate (vice president) and Rocco Ceci (president).
The purpose of the visit was to deliver a significant donation check in the amount of $12,000.
The funds were raised last month during a fundraiser held at the St. Lawrence Club that benefited from months of planning and the participation of several motorcycle clubs.
Back in February we first met the Cos Cob Riders at the Polish Club and they were enthusiastically gathering to plan the event.
That night Teddy Allegrini explained why he was keen on the Kids in Crisis fundraiser. Teddy, who is also known by his nickname “Thunder,” said Kids in Crisis has long had a special place in his heart. “It was my idea because years ago, I worked at Dorothy Hamill Rink and children from Kids in Crisis used to come in once a week to skate,” he said. “A couple of them really touched my heart.”
The night of the event, the band Fast Forward Band filled the St. Lawrence Club with rock and roll music spanning the decades.
In fact the club itself has a long history dating back to 1923.
With so many motorcycle clubs invited to the event, the turnout was tremendous. Paul Romanchuk estimated about 300 turned out for the fundraiser.