By Ryan Lavis Staten Island Advance
There was something for everyone to enjoy.
The annual Bikers for Bini charity event drew over 5,000 guests to the Staten Island Mall on Sunday, and featured a charity motorcycle run, a classic car show, monster truck rides, food, rides and games for the kids.
Live music on two stages featured such established musicians as “Rock of Ages” singer Constantine Maroulis, while youngster rock ‘n’ roll band, Giffords Lane,shredded through classic rock tunes for an appreciative crowd.
“It’s a unique event because of the fact that you can bring together the motorcycle community, the classic car show community, the families, the rock ‘n’ roll and live music — we’re able to bring them all together for charity and put them in one place and make one successful event,” said Massimo DiDonna, president of The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund, a 501(c) not-for-profit organization founded in honor of the namesake fireman who died during the 9/11 attacks.
“It’s all about the fact that 13 years later people still remember what happened on that tragic day and the fact that they still come out and respect the heroism that not only my father-in-law showed that morning but all the victims of 9-11,” DiDonna said.