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Bikers, Bros & Bo gives $10K to YCF fund

Nonprofit active with several military-based charitable causes

Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia Inc. received $10,000 from Bikers, Bros & Bo Inc. to the PFC Andrew Martin “Bo” Harper Scholarship, established with YCF in 2011.

Bikers, Bros & Bo raised the money through events held throughout 2019, such as its annual PFC Andrew Martin “Bo” Harper Memorial Ride.

Established in 2013, the nonprofit takes part in several charitable activities that support and honor military members and their families. These activities include its scholarship with YCF and donations to Wreaths Across America and the Fisher House Helping Military Families.

Elizabeth Jones, president of Bikers, Bros & Bo,  said the nonprofit “has formed together to raise money to support the endowment fund set up through YCF in memory of PFC Andrew Martin ‘Bo’ Harper. Our goal is to build this endowment fund to continue giving scholarships every year to high school seniors of Monongalia and Harrison counties.”

 Harper, 19, of Maidsville, was killed in action in 2011 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. He joined the U.S. Army after graduating from University High School in 2009. He obtained the rank of PFC/E3 and was assigned to Co I, 3d Squadron, 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

“This endowment fund in Bo’s memory provides a permanent way to honor his life and service to our country,” said Patty Showers Ryan, YCF president. “We are grateful for the Harper family’s leadership within the community to raise scholarship funds for students in our region.”

YCF’s mission is to promote philanthropy and build endowment funds to benefit area communities. Through financial resources, YCF extends many forms of assistance to qualified people, programs and projects. Primarily serving north-central West Virginia, YCF’s underlying goal is to enhance the quality of life for those the organization serves.

More YCF information: or 304-296-3433.

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