Sculpture in Memory of a Bicyclist

$3,981 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 38 months
Lynn Scarpati  South Huntington,

Matt's story is one that should never have been written. On a beautiful July evening in 2009, Matt was cycling on the Wantagh State Bike Path. He could ride 20, 25 miles at a clip, and many times even longer. However, another bike, a Harley Davidson, being ridden by a drunk 44 year-old, had just left Jones Beach. The Harley biker headed north on the Wantagh State Parkway at a speed estimated between 85-100 mph and struck a beautiful 19 year old son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Matt was airlifted to NUMC, where he was pronounced dead. Our lives were ruptured by a total stranger. Matt never would come home again.

A ghost bike, presented to our family by Matt's friends, would become the inspiration to create a more lasting monument. This bronze sculpture of a cyclist was modeled on a photo taken of Matt on one of his last rides. It will be anchored to a slab of granite and placed near the entrance of the Wantagh State Bike Path in Cedar Creek Park, as symbol of the human spirit rising up, now and always. We are grateful to the Nassau County Parks and Recreation Department for agreeing to work with us on this enduring tribute to Matt Scarpati.

The Miles for Matt Foundation was formed to help us raise funds for programs to support children and young adults. However this project would be one of the most ambitious projects to date. We have raised $50,000 of the $75,000 needed. Your gift can help us close the gap of $25,000.

Contributions of $500 or more will be recognized on bricks to be placed around the signage that will be installed onsite, but donations of any size will be truly appreciated. We were so delighted to welcome over 140 people to the unveiling.  This was an emotional afternoon and all of us were blessed to have those able to be present at Cedar Creek Park.  Michael Alfano's work is truly inspirational.

Signage will be installed in the Spring of 2014. If you have any questions, please contact us at miles4matt@aol.com.
With deep gratitude,

The Scarpati Family
Miles For Matt Foundation

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Update 2
Posted by Lynn Scarpati
37 months ago
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This is Michael Alfano, the sculptor, standing with the Celebrate Life Sculpture.
"If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year...Today should always be our most wonderful day." Thomas Dreier

The Artist and the Art
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Update 1
Posted by Lynn Scarpati
38 months ago
With your support, we have made significant progress, The sculpture was installed yesterday 10/26/2013. The unveiling will occur on Sunday November 3rd at 2pm in Cedar Creek Park. All are invited to join us!
Sculpture being lifted from the truck 10
In the air
Permanently Placed.
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$3,981 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 38 months
Created October 01, 2013
$25
Anonymous
34 months ago
$25
Anonymous
37 months ago
TK
$50
Tim Kaiser
37 months ago
KB
$25
Kyle Berninger
37 months ago
KK
$50
Karan Kapoor
37 months ago

Glory glory Man Utd.

DF
$100
Daniel Farr
37 months ago

RIP brother.

DK
$50
Dan Kaiser
37 months ago

RIP

KF
$25
Karen Ferrandi
37 months ago
$50
Anonymous
37 months ago
$250
David Kilmnick
37 months ago

In honor of Matt and in support of the entire Scarpati family - David & Robert

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