November 14, 2013A popular Little League taught his Grosse Pointe baseball players to work hard and win. Now, they're telling him to do the same.
Talk about town was confirmed by friends of Coach Dave Feys that he is battling brain cancer.
Feys, active for years in the Little League community as a coach, has mentored dozens of athletes to All-Star games and championships. Two years ago, he was a coach for Manager Keith Fannon with the Grosse Pointe Park Little League All-Star team.
All-Star team. The team made it to the regional tournament in Indianapolis after winning the state championship.
The team fell just short of a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League
This year, the team from Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores made the trip to Williamsport, the second time a team from Grosse Pointe has made it that far.
Despite not making it, the run to regionals "was a special summer for all involved," said Mike Walkowiak, a friend of Feys from Grosse Pointe Farms.
"Coach Feys selflessly gave a tremendous amount of himself to this community for years and now it's time for us to return the favor as he faces the biggest battle of his life," Walkowiak said.
A group of friends dubbed "Fighting for Feys," will host a benefit dinner from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 30, at Lakeland Manor in St. Clair Shores.
Dinner, a full bar, silent and live auction and entertainment by "Purdy Good Band" will be part of the night's festivities.
Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at Rustic Cabins Bar, 15209 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park.
Lakeland Manor is located at 12801 E. Nine Mile Road, St. Clair Shores.
Recently, several players coached by Feys gathered to give him support in his fight against cancer.
One former player, Charlie Gordon, came to town from Ohio to present an auction item - an autographed Derek Jeter photograph. Jeter is Feys' favorite player.
"This is a true testament that shows how a good coach can truly impact a young person's life for the better," Walkowiak said. "Charlie came all the way from Ohio with this gift and to share a few moments with Coach Feys. Needless to say, he was very moved by this act of kindness, as was everyone else in the room."
Cash donations and auction items, especially sports memorabilia and tickets for future sporting events, are appreciated and may be dropped of at Rustic Cabins Bar.
For more information, call the bar at (313) 821-6480 or visit Fighting for Feys on Facebook.