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KDMF and the Blue Knights rev up their engines reminding motorist to be safe

Hundreds share a ride to on behalf of the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation
Hundreds share a ride to on behalf of the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation

It’s time to go “hog” wild while raising awareness about the dangers of drinking and distracted driving. For the eighth year the Blue Knight’s RI 1 is holding their annual charity run this Sunday on behalf of The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation. It’s a great way to get your motors running for a great cause.

In October of 1999 a drunken driver killed thirteen year old Katie DeCubellis since then the foundation has strived to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence and distracted driving.

“We are truly grateful for the Rhode Island Blue Knight’s commitment and willingness to honor Katie's memory by hosting its charity motorcycle ride each year,” states KDMF Executive Director, John DeCubellis. “Katie's grandfather is a long-time member of the organization and this great event started several years ago as a tribute to him and his granddaughter. It is extra special that the Katie DeCubellis Charity Ride is sponsored by the Blue Knights, whose membership consists of current and retired law enforcement officers, who, like the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation, are committed to educating the public on the importance of making responsible decisions, especially when driving on our roadways.”

To date, The KDMF has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships, prizes and donations and money raised from this event will further their mission. KDMF is honored to be affiliated with the Blue Knights an organization that gives back to the community.

“Although Katie's Ride has been held for several years, each and every time I hear the roaring of the motorcycle engines and see the procession of motorcycles and riders, I am overcome with a sense of pride and appreciation and know that if Katie is looking down at that moment she would feel the same way,” DeCubellis tells this Examiner, “It is truly a wonderful tribute to Katie's life and legacy!”

The ride begins at 11am Sunday August 17th at the Coventry Mason Hall at 585 Washington Street (Route 117) and ends with cookout back at the Masonic Hall. Registration and check-in is from 9 am to 10:45. Riders pay $20.00 and passengers $10.00, the run is open to all legal motorcycles. The staging area is at the Manchester Hall #12.

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