The Kevin Adorno Memorial Fund Inc. (KAMF) has chosen New Britain Elementary Schools for this year’s bike giveaway from the Bikes from Bambino Program.
KAMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by the family and friends of Kevin Adorno and established to support children and young adults in need, financially and socially, throughout Connecticut. KAMF supports children and young adults in need through the promotion of bicycling, provision of scholarships to young adults aspiring to further their education in the arts and the implementation of programs to increase their presence in the community. The organization is run out of Farmington.
Adorno was riding a bicycle from Maine to Florida where he planned to propose to his girlfriend. At a McDonald’s in Florida he was murdered by a random person.
According to his family and friends, Adorno was an adventurous, artistic, giving, athletic, fun loving person. Kevin was born and raised in Farmington. Kevin always had a sense of adventure and a particular gift for meeting people and finding out what made them unique. He loved to try new things, travel and see new places. By age 28, Kevin had backpacked Europe, toured the country by car, had made everlasting friendships with people all over the world and bicycled nearly the entire east coast.
His family sought to honor his memory with the organization and holding several events.
“We give back to the community,” said Ashley Raphael, board member. “Bambino was his nickname so we started Bikes for Bambino. He was the baby.”
The 10 elementary schools in New Britain were contacted to nominate a deserving person of a free bicycle and helmet. Students needed to demonstrate kindness, welcoming and give back to the community. Six schools got back to the group. The youths will get the bikes at a New Britain Bees game on May 4th.
“We want to spread love and a sense of generosity through the programs we do,” said Raphael. “I grew up in New Britain and my family is from New Britain. I thought that combining it with the Bees it would showcase us. We are trying to spread the word.”
“The Bees event is just a prong of the Bike from Bambino program. Our organization raises funds for two Farmington High School graduates pursuing a degree in arts,” said Tanya Adorno, Kevin’s sister. “We give bikes in many different ways. The holiday giveback is done in Farmington and it sponsors a few families during the holidays.”
The day after the bike giveaway in New Britain, the group holds its biggest fundraiser The Annual Kevin Adorno Memorial Ride & Festival held at Winding Trails in Farmington.
It is an all day family friendly event that encompasses bicycle rides, 5k trail run/walk, disc golf, pick up soccer games, children’s activities, delicious food from local restaurants, beverages, live music all day, and raffles. All proceeds go directly to KAMF to aid in the implementation and continuation of our Programs and Scholarships.
“The actual festival goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with live music, food and drinks. There will be a carnival all day. Kids 10 and under are free,” said Raphael. “Raffle tickets for bicycles will be there.”
The foundation also sponsors a Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioned Disc Golf Tournament at Page Park in Bristol.
For more information on the foundation go to kevinadornomemorialfund.com.