There are no bad guys – only Goodfellas – and their families are welcome at this club.
The Goodfellas Motorcycle Club is made up of men like founder Gene Benedetti, Anthony “Cal” Calabro and Louie Pierce, just to name a few of the now 17 members.
The Goodfellas pride themselves on events like Saturday’s two-hour ride into Connecticut, which featured a visit to the famed Music Lady Café in Moosup. They then rode back to club headquarters, where they celebrated their third annual Bike Run that raised an extraordinary $6,500. The funds will go to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and club member Kevin Hart, whose family lost their home in a fire on Mother’s Day.
“We’re going to donate $1,050 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital,” Calabro said. “We’re also going to give $5,425 to Kevin Hart and his family to help them rebuild their lives.”
Calabro, who along with Benedetti and other club members held the first run three years ago, added: “We wish the amount for Hasbro and Kevin was double, but because Saturday’s weather was iffy, we only had 40 bikes for this year’s run.”
He said that unseasonably cool temperatures, along with the possible threat of Hurricane Dorian reaching the Ocean State, prevented the Goodfellas from having a record turnout of motorcycles.
“All in all, we’re thrilled with being able to again make a special donation to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and especially to help Kevin Hart and his family,” Calabro added. “It is our intention to have a special presentation of both checks very, very soon.”
Calabro also wanted it known, as did each and every rider that showed up in the Walmart parking lot on Plainfield Pike for Saturday’s start, that the “Hart family lost everything in that tragic house fire back on May 12, and because Kevin is a beloved member of the Goodfellas Motorcycle Club, we wanted to do as much as we could for their recovery efforts.”
So, after Saturday’s rain-free run, it was back to the clubhouse to celebrate the day’s success story and fact that the two prior runs have raised $19,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Now, as a visitor to Saturday’s post-run party suggested: “That sounds like some pretty darn good fellas, wouldn’t you agree?”