raised for sprint driver Dick Liskai
Ohio (March 11) - Race fans, drivers and crews showed why
racing is such a great family to belong to. On March 2,
a benefit was held at the Rollersville Tavern to help the
family of Dick Liskai, a long-time Gibsonburg, Ohio sprint
car driver who is fighting cancer. Through the generosity
of many hundreds who attended, $10,500 will go to the family
to help pay some of the bills insurance doesn't cover.
The tavern was filled with race fans, drivers, both current
and former, and many other associated with racing, including
former sprint drivers, Rick Ferkel, George Miller, Al Liskai,
Steve Liskai and Dick Sabo, along with current drivers Alvin
Roepke, Roger Shammo, Bruce Robenalt, Phil Gressman, Ryan
Lowe and Craig Mintz.
There were many companies that donated items to be auctioned
off, including Henry Motorsports, Kear's Speed Shop, Veh
& Son Furniture, Rick Sherer photographer, Fremont Speedway,
and many, many more.
"I really didn't think that many people cared about
me....I found out I have many, many special friends,"
said Dick Liskai. "All of this support gives me the
strength I need to continue fighting. My heart is so full.
I'm a little embarrassed, but at the same time humbled and
"You never know how many friends you have until something
like this happens. I've gotten cards and letters and prayers
from people I haven't seen or heard from in 30 years,"
continued Liskai. "I feel so blessed. I've always tried
to live my life by treating people half way decent. I guess
it pays off to treat people like you would want to be treated."
Besides all of the raffles and auctions, Rollersville Tavern
owners Scott and Nancy Bowe donated all the profits from
the bar that night, along with providing a free chicken
dinner with all the trimmings free to those in attendance.
Also, Mike Hensel, a former sprint car driver, purchased
a 50/50 raffle ticket and put Dick and his wife Cheryl's
name on it and it was the ticket that was pulled, adding
$1,500 to the donation.
All-in-all, it was truly a wonderul night full of food,
fun and fellowship, all for a great cause.
"You people will never know how much what you've done
means to me and my family. I can't thank you all enough.
God bless you and I love you all," Liskai concluded.
Those wishing to send cards and letters to Liskai can do
at: Dick Liskai, 6911 Co. Rd. 55, Gibsonburg, Ohio 43435.
Donations can still be sent to the Fifth Third Bank, c/o
Dick Liskai Benefit Fund, 101 N. Main St., Gibsonburg, Ohio