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June 22, 2014

58 bikes rev in to 'Remembering Alyssa'

DUNCAN —     About 58 bikes were in the “Remembering Alyssa” 90-mile poker run on Saturday.

    Starting at 8 a.m., about 150 people came together to celebrate Alyssa Wiles’ memory while raising funds to fight dating violence and aid the battered women’s shelter in Duncan.

    Randy Gilreath, one of the event coordinators, said that the event was advertised through word of mouth, and in turn, brought people from Duncan and surrounding cities including Lawton, Davis and Norman.

    “It was a very good turn out. It was excellent, I think,” said Gilreath.

    The silent auction, which had items such as blankets, crafts, jewelry and giftcards, sold every item. Gilreath said that the total funds raised, both from the auction and the poker run, should be known later in the week.

    “Remembering Alyssa,” which was held in Pirkle Park, is an event that Gilreath and others would like to happen annually.

    “The community support is still there and it helped out,” he said. “We’re hoping it might grow and continue to grow next year.”

    Gilreath plans to expand the campaign next year by handing out flyers and spreading the word as much as possible. This year, no money was spent on advertisement, and Gilreath would like to do the same next year.

    Furthermore, Gilreath would like to use this event to help establish a new program in Duncan Public Schools to aid in the fight against teenage dating violence, of which 14-year-old Wiles was a victim.

    For more information on the “Remembering Alyssa” event or other events to commemorate Wiles, contact Gilreath at 405-570-2346.

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