Participants are being sought for the Third Annual Philip Mappa Memorial Ride Saturday. Organizers say all the proceeds from the event will benefit a Mount Airy child diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Spokesman Michael Willard said the ride is set to begin around 12:30 at Veterans Park. The fee for participation is $10 and registration is slated to begin at 10:30. He said volunteers will be at the park throughout the day with the band “Phonic 45” featuring musicians Chip Kinder and Terry Hill, providing entertainment after 5 p.m. The event is scheduled to end at 8 p.m.
Willard said this is the third charity event held to honor his father-in-law, Philip Mappa. In 2012 the family started the ride not only in memory of Philip Mappa, who lost his battle against lung cancer, but to raise money for organizations that were close to his heart and to the local community. Other family members involved in the rides include Willard’s wife Heather and daughter Jillian, David, Judy, A. J. and Jessica Mappa.
Williard said all proceeds Saturday will go to the family of 3-year old Mollie Trent, daughter of Jerome and Chrystal Trent of Mount Airy. The event is open to other automobiles and trucks as well as motorcycles.
He said proceeds from the first ride went to benefit Mountain Valley Hospice and the second ride raised money for the Boy Scouts of America. The effort is also held in partnership with the Enforcers Motorcycle Club, also of Mount Airy. He said response to the rides has grown from 25 with more than 55 participating last year.
“We’re happy to get the word out so we can help,” said Willard. “This family has really been stretched so far. Something like this is bad anytime but when it involves a child it’s worse. She (Mollie) is always smiling and you wouldn’t know anything is bothering her.”
Persons who would like more information on the Philip Mappa Memorial Ride may call Michael Willard at 336-710-3138, Heather Williard at 336-710-0141 or visit the ride’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Philip-Mappa.