Nick McWilliams reporting – The memory of Corporal Keith Nepsa lives on through his family, friends and the yearly benefit created in his name.

Nepsa was killed in action in 2007 in Iraq.

The 11th annual Ride for Pride, kicking off from Lehman’s Big Open Road in Dover, raises funds for the Keith Nepsa Scholarship, along with a host of other organizations, according to Keith’s mother, Michele Nepsa.

“We donate to the scholarship fund, and then we have R.A.W., which is Rebuilding America’s Warriors, and then we also donate to Dogs 4 Warriors out of Bowerston.”

A 50/50 drawing, silent auction and cash prize for the best poker hand will all be a part of the event.

Michele Nepsa adds that the group-ride will wind its way from Dover all the way back to the New Philadelphia VFW.

“We have a veteran’s program at 10:15, which is always really nice. And then, last bike out at 11 a.m., and then last bike in at 5 p.m. at the VFW.”

A freewill donation pancake breakfast is available at Lehman’s during registration from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Registration is $15 per person, and more information is available on the events Facebook page.

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