BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — The Louis J. Birria Foundation hosted a bike ride for a special purpose.
Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered in front of the Chef’s Restaurant to commemorate Buffalo city worker Michael Mascarella, who died while clearing snow last year.
Mucarella was a director of the Bilitia Foundation.
“This was his event,” said Chef’s Restaurant owner Lou Bilitia. “He set it up and made sure everything went smoothly, so we’re dedicating this year to him.”
This was the foundation’s 16th motorcycle run. After about 110 miles of ride, bikers were able to enjoy a silent auction, a raffle, and his party on the street with food. The money raised will be donated to various charities, mainly aimed at children.
The event featured a number of local celebrity ‘road captains’, including former Buffalo Sabers player Rick Sailing.
“They were always just family to us,” Sayling said of the Bilitia family. “What they are doing in the community is incredible and we hope we can support them as much as they have supported us over the years.”
The event definitely delighted the crowd.
“It’s just amazing to be on a bike and ride with great people in great New York State,” said Eric “Senior” Sulli, also a celebrity “road captain.”
The biker route through western New York also included stops at Bar Bill Tavern in East Aurora and Pioneer Motorsports in Chaffee.
“I have ridden a lot of motorcycles for charity work, and I have found that the people on the bikes are very philanthropic people,” said Vilittia.
Bikers contributing to the community has certainly been a recurring theme.
“Bikers are the greatest people in the world. They literally volunteer their time and donate more money than anyone they meet in their lives,” Sulli said.