Thank You for a Crazy8Ride to Remember!

16Ride6The 3rd Annual Crazy8 Ride4Chase brought many CMAK supporters together to participate in the motorcycle rally starting at Molto Bene Restaurant in Ansonia, CT. The cyclists embarked on a tour of various host sites where they collected playing cards.  The playing cards were used to determine the prizes at the end of the ride.  After the rally, the group relaxed at the restaurant enjoying the fare provided and listening to the music of The ROCKBOX.  CMAK is fortunate to have so many strong supporters participate in organizing the event and many sponsors to support it.

Thank you from the Kowalskis:

The general thank you that was given on Sunday was so inadequate and there is no excuse for it. This is what was in my heart but didn’t get said.  We are extremely grateful to Chris and Nancy Portolese, Michele Orzechowski, Greg Gnandt, his fiance Peggy, Jim and Debbie Pallock, Jennifer Heitzke, Bonnie Lambert,  Molto Bene their staff Rob and Josh, Kat the bartender, and The Rockbox  and all of our other volunteers (just to name a few: Brian Portolese, Justin Hafele, Gina Corriea, Susan Smey, Christine Smey, Joseph & JoJo Perun, Barbara Ferrigno, Juli and Jacob Soracin) for all of their hard work pulling together our 3rd Annual Ride4Chase.


We were blessed with a beautiful day to share with our friends, new and old.

We would also like to thank Father Victor Martin of St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Fairfield for his personable blessing and remembrance of Chase though they never met it person. He must have heard God’s  whispers letting him know that Chase and his friends are a bit of a handful and drive God a little crazy. What else would you expect from little Angels.

We are most grateful for the four Site Sponsors and the Volunteers that ran each location.

Stop #1: Rt. 34 Stevenson Duncan Donuts



with Nancy Portoleese Christopher & Karen Yitts, Kelly Wohlfarth, Susan and Christine Smey

Stop #2: Hawleyville Deli, (@hawleyvilledeli)


with Chris Portoleese, Jacob Soracin, Juli Soracin, Laureen  Filomena, AnnMarie Perkins

Stop #3: Roxbury Garage, ( @M&DRoxburyGarage)


With Rob Orzechowski, Kaley and Billy Kempf

Stop #4: Schribers Farm, (@schreibers)


With Jenny Perrelli and Marie Delvecchio

This ride wouldn’t have been organized so well without everyone’s hard work and dedication. Thank you to the Site sponsors The Body’s Wisdom (@, In Remembrance of Chase, Christina Van de Weerdt & Nicole Gervais and CLM landscape (@clmlandscaping).

Thank you to our Mileage Marker Sponsors: Right click, Like Magic, John Delfino of Park City Insurance, Total Mortgage, Hamden Yards, Iron Factory Gym, Mullet, The Rockbox, White Hills Tree Removal and Simion.

We’d like to say a very special thank you to all of the businesses that donated gift cards and in kind donations to make our raffle prized so fabulous. Please take the time to stop by their local places of business and support each one when you are in their area. Jones Family Farm Winery (Monroe), The Hops Company (Monroe), Veracious Brewery (Monroe), Glen-Ro Spirit Shop (Monroe), Porky’s Café (Shelton), Center Street Social (Shelton), Dew Drop Inn (Derby), Bricks and Barley Tavern (Shelton), The Mason Jar (Monroe), The Salon Le`a Lauren (Wilton), Meineke Car Care (Monroe), American Stone & Design (Shelton), Thayer’s Natural Remedies ( and Connecticut Distributors. Please be sure to stop by their websites and “Like” their Facebook pages!

Special Thanks to personal donors:

Kathy & Joe Camputaro

Sam & Patti Portolese,

Connoisseur  Media

and the photographer, Tony Croce

We look forward to this ride every year and, this year, it was even more special as both of our daughters were able to ride with us. We’d like to thank Uncle Bob and Uncle Keith for driving Brittany and Erin this year. It was so amazing to be able to participate in this event with our daughters.



Until next year!  Drive Safe and Ride4Chase!

All our best Rebecca and Steve


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