ZipperQ 5 was held on Saturday, October 1, at the Claremore Expo. Live music, a barbecue competition, auctions, and more made for a fun, family-friendly afternoon for a great cause. Proceeds raised from ZipperQ (which have been in the six figures for all five years) will be donated to the IFOPA, which researches a cure for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, or FOP, which is a rare genetic disease. Only 800 confirmed cases are in the world, and 8-year-old Zip Gordon of Claremore is one of those.

Lori Henrotay, whose daughter has FOP, traveled from St. Louis for ZipperQ and took the following photos.

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zip6Zip created the art piece shield pictured above, and it was in the live auction.

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zip5Raffle tickets were sold for the chance to win a brand-new Jeep Wrangler.

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zip9 Winner was Jeri Koehler of Claremore! 

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zip13Pictured left to right: Amy Gordon, Zip Gordon, Arlie Gordon, Jacob Gordon, Jeri Koehler and Chris Koehler

zip12Jeri and Chris Koehler, 2106 ZipperQ Jeep winners

zip16Jeri and Chris Koehler, 2106 ZipperQ Jeep winners

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zip19Amy Gordon and lifelong friend, Danielle Larabee Frasier, who traveled from Florida for the event.

zip25Rob and Sandy Melton (Zip’s grandparents) and Amy Gordon (Zip’s mom)

zip14Amy and Jacob Gordon at the conclusion of ZipperQ 5

Congratulations to the Gordons and another successful event. Many, many thanks to everyone who made it possible. Without sponsors, barbecue chefs, donors, volunteers, and attendees, ZipperQ would be nothing but a dream. See you next year!