The Duncan Banner


June 15, 2014

First annual “Remembering Alyssa” silent auction to take place Saturday

DUNCAN — The first  annual “Remembering Alyssa” ride and silent auction will take place on Saturday to raise awareness about teenage dating violence and raise funds for the battered women’s shelter in Duncan.

The event commemorates the death of Alyssa Wiles, who was murdered on June 10, 2013.

“We’re trying to keep her memory going,” said Randy Gilreath, one of the event’s organizers.

The silent auction will be at 8 a.m. in Pirkle Park behind Fuqua Pool in Duncan. Gift cards from restaurants throughout the Duncan, Lawton and Oklahoma City area have been donated along with  blankets, crafts and handmade jewelry.

The poker run will begin about 9 a.m. The price is $20 for each rider and $5 for each additional poker hand. The poker run will be about 90 miles long.

Gilreath said that organizing this event has taken time and dedication.

“It’s coming together real well. The community is still continuing to support us,” he said.

A donation luncheon with hotdogs, drinks and chips will  be available.

Gilreath said he and others are trying to set up a new program in schools to fight teenage dating violence.

“We’re hoping to get information out there for the young people to learn and change the way things are going. It’s all for Alyssa.”

Wiles, 14, was stabbed to death by her 16-year-old ex-boyfriend, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole in March by District Judge Joe Enos.

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