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Ministry prepares for memorial bike ride and fundraiser

Metro nonprofit ministry OKC Compassion Inc. will host the fourth annual “Phillip Gokool Ride for Compassion” on Sept. 1 in Oklahoma City.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm •  Published: August 18, 2012
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OKC Compassion Inc., an Oklahoma City nonprofit ministry, will host the fourth annual “Phillip Gokool Ride for Compassion” on Sept. 1 at Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Hefner.

The bike ride and family picnic is a community event that was created to commemorate the life of Phillip Gokool, an OKC Compassion volunteer who served in the inner city for much of his life.

July 2012 marked the four-year anniversary since Gokool was shot to death while helping needy individuals. His murder remains unsolved.

The Rev. Richard Bond, OKC Compassion executive director, said the Ride for Compassion is hosted each summer, bringing together people from across the metro area.

He said riders of all abilities are welcome because the ride is not a competitive event, but a time to enjoy fellowship and recreation together. The event format of allows cyclists to ride on the paved trail around Lake Hefner and complete whatever distance suits their particular type of riding.

A catered picnic, live music and a drawing for prizes also will be held. Prizes include a new bicycle.

Cost is $30 for riders, which includes a T-shirt, picnic lunch and the prize drawing.

People who prefer not to ride may join the festivities for lunch. Picnic lunches are $10 for adults; children 12 and younger eat free.

All proceeds support the OKC Compassion Inc. ministries.