It’s been seven years since Brad and Rosie Randall were tragically killed while taking a leisurely ride on their motorcycle over the back roads of Connecticut. But their memory lives on.
The Randalls were honored last Thursday morning at Meeting Street School, where Rosie Sabitoni-Randall was a teacher.
Sometime around 10 a.m., a group of motorcyclists – and a beauty queen – walked into the school, and soon thereafter met some of the children whose lives they’ve touched through the Brad and Rosie Randall Motorcycle Run.
Over the years, that run has raised over $30,000 for Meeting Street School in the Randalls’ name and memory.
Although the tidy sum of $2,500 from the sixth annual run was presented back in January on live television during the Meeting Street School Telethon, members of the Screamin’ Eagles motorcycle group paid a special visit to the award-winning Providence-based school in honor of the Randalls and the children they help.
While the sound of applause echoed inside the school, men like Emilio “Emo” Sabitoni and Tony “Chief 2 Feathers” Rossi – and ladies like Gina Sabitoni-Arakelian – shed some tears of joy during and after a special visit with some of the children.
“We love these kids!” exclaimed Sabitoni – a.k.a. the “Road Captain” – who along with his daughter Gina founded the motorcycle run. “We love raising money for this school, especially when you see the extraordinary work of the dedicated teachers, staff and people here. It’s a special place. My cousin Rosie loved working here, too.”
Sabitoni-Arakelian, the reigning Mrs. Rhode Island Italia, added: “Today is just as special as the night back in January when my father and I presented the check on the telethon. Just look at the smiles on those children’s faces. We’re thrilled to be associated with Meeting Street School and continue to help all these wonderful children thrive.”
Sabitoni-Arakelian, who also serves as treasurer of Johnston Police Explorer Post 405, went on: “It is such an honor and thrill to present the check to Meeting Street on the telethon and be part of a cause so close to our hearts. It’s our way of remembering our cousins, who will be forever in our hearts.”
Thus, the Sabitonis and members of the Screamin’ Eagles motorcycle group issued a huge thank you to the many sponsors, friends and businesses that make the bike run possible.
Members of the Screamin’ Eagles motorcycle club who took part in last Thursday’s special session included Thomas Antonelli, Max Russo, Joe Gardner, Stephanie White, Susan Santoro, Louis Tirocchi, Kathryn Tata, Peter Tata, Pete Choquette, Joe Caracciolo, Peter Faraone, Rossi, Sabitoni and Sabitoni-Arakelian.