POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant is keeping the memory of one young resident alive with the 10th Annual Bo Rickard YIGM Sing, set to take place Saturday, Aug. 1.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Nazarene Church in Point Pleasant and is organized every year to honor the memory of William Robert “Bo” Rickard of Point Pleasant who died of septic shock Dec. 21, 2000 at the age of 19.
Born with spina bifida, Rickard was a graduate of Point Pleasant High School and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. Denise Bonecutter, who is organizing the event, said Bo loved the Lord and gospel music, which is why the Mason County Fair’s Youth in Gospel Event was renamed the “Bo Rickard” YIGM Sing in his memory. She said the event began as the Youth in Gospel Music and created an outlet for young children to share their talents through gospel music. The event at the fair takes places at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 on the main stage.
“Youth in Gospel Music has been taking place since 1992 and to see the growth in the children, I have photos of some of them standing on chairs at first to reach the microphone to be able to sing, and now some of them have went on to record are singing in ministry. That impact is huge.” Bonecutter said.
Bo’s father, Gary Rickard, said the program includes an artistic line up.
“It’s great because the children are very talented,” Rickard said. “It’s just a great thing to go to and I really appreciate Denise, she works hard on this every year.”
Bo was the son of Gary and Dee Rickard of Point Pleasant and has two sisters, Mindy Jett of Point Pleasant and Olivia Mash of Ironton, Ohio, as well as a brother, Sean Rickard of Point Pleasant. Gary said the event helps keep his son’s cheerful spirit alive.
“It really is huge because it helps keep his name alive,” Rickard said. “It’s something he loved. He was such a great child and when anyone met him, they loved him. He had a great personality. In spite of everything he was joyful and it did people good to know him.”
The line-up for the Aug. 1 sing will include Kamille Bonecutter, Megan Casto, Summer Dean, Kristin Durst, Kennedy Fischer, Veronica Grimm, Isabella and Penelope Haught and several other local acts.
Anyone interested in more information can contact Bonecutter at 304-593-6939.