All Star Injured Driver's Fund Benefit raises $3,750
CELINA, OH - The annual Midwest Racing Fanatics All Star injured drivers benefit was held at Celina Eagles Lodge Saturday, January 12, 2002. A total of $3,750 was raised through a benefit auction.
The All Star driver present signing autographs was Greg Wilson, driver of Bob Hampshire's #63 sprinter. A total 15 dealers filled 32 tables with racing memorabilia which they offered for sale. Auction items consisted mostly of autographed pictures. Also on the auction block were All Star president Bert Emick's Frigidaire uniform, autographed wall hangings (fabric swatches were sent to drivers of various series then and sewn together by club members to make wall hangings), autographed car parts, autographed visors, diecast cars and a variety of other collectibles donated by teams and/or drivers.
A portion of the proceeds will go to injured drivers the All Stars have been helping since their accidents: Chuck Ward and Paul Lotier. Also payments will be made to the children of Bill Knisley who was killed in September 2000. The balance will be held in the All Star benevolent fund for future needs.
The committee is already working on the 2003 benefit to be held at the Celina Eagles Lodge, Saturday, January 11, 2003. They are currently trying to line up drivers and are beginning the process of collecting items for the auction.
Members of the club who organized the event are: Dave and Marge Schwartz, Celina, Ohio; Roger Grevenkamp, Celina, Ohio; Diane Zimmerman, St. Marys, Ohio; Matt Converset and Al Converset, Decatur, Indiana.