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.
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!