“Her life still shines…”
October 29th 1999, a drunk driver killed 13-year-old Katie DeCubellis and her friend’s mother Marsha Bowman. The KDMF continues their legacy by promoting youth leadership, supporting education, and generating public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and substance abuse.
Narragansett, Rhode Island – The family of Katie DeCubellis has turned their private pain into a public crusade to help put an end to driving while under the influence. The mission of the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation is to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.
“Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare, but after Katie’s death, Meg and I were committed to keeping her spirit and legacy alive and to do whatever we could to hopefully spare other parents from suffering similar tragedies,” says John DeCubellis. “Since 1999 The KDMF has provided us the opportunity to do that. We have had a great deal of help along the way and remain forever grateful to and proud of all of our board members and supporters who continue to help the KDMF to make a difference!”
- Awarded over $300,000 in scholarships, prizes and donations
- Donated $50,000 to the Narragansett Library, dedicating the children’s room in Katie’s honor in an effort to support education and the services the library provides to the community
- The KDMF has pledged $100,000 to support construction of the Student-Athlete Development Center at the University of Rhode Island. The grant will specifically support establishment of the Academic Advising & Counseling Center, one of three components of the Center that will support the various facets of the KDMF mission and objectives.
- The KDMF fought to lower the blood alcohol driving limit to .08 in Rhode Island.
- The KDMF hosts an annual creative writing contest. In May of 2013 Joan Parker who passed away in June of 2013 judged the contest. Parker is the inspiration to best-selling author Robert Parker’s main female character in his best-selling Spenser for Hire book and TV series. Joan Parker continues her husband’s legacy by overseeing writers who have taken over Parker’s successful series. In 2012, Rhode Island Native and New York Times best selling author Ann Hood volunteered as a celebrity judge. Past judges include acclaimed author and Rhode Island College professor Thomas Cobb, most recognized for the movie based on his book “Crazy Heart”.
- The KDMF released a series of Public Service announcements in 2012 with former NBA basketball Player Chris Herren, Middleweight Boxing Champion Peter Manfredo, and Providence College and URI coaches Ed Cooley and Dan Hurley. The PSA’s aired more than 1,500 times throughout Cox programming on MTV, Lifetime, WPRI, WJAR and on the jumbotrons at URI and Providence Bruins games.
- In 2013 KDMF created the magnet program, teamimg up with local business to remind motorists to drive responsibly. AAA of Southern New England, the Rhode Island State Police, Big Blue Bug Solutions, Del’s Lemonade, Almeida Plumbing, Munroe Dairy and Yardworks all placed the KDMF magnets on their fleet of vehicles.
- The KDMF developed an award-winning video collection entitled “The Deadly Consequences of Drunk Driving” that continues to grow nationally and has been made available to schools, libraries, community groups and law enforcement agencies. It has been used as a mandatory part of the curriculum for all Rhode Island Driver’s Education classes.
- In addition to the video, Meg and John DeCubellis continue visiting schools around the country, speaking to students about the dangers of drunk driving. Together, they have addressed over 100,000 middle school, high school and college students, and parents, law enforcement officers and military personnel throughout the country.
- The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation has completed the Garden of Hope project in Narragansett
Meg and John DeCubellis are always available for media interviews. Contact – Laura Clarizio (617) 852-7784 or firstname.lastname@example.org