Keep the Fishing Rodeo Alive

My dad, Henry Lysy Sr, started the Westminster Optimist Fishing Rodeo, 30 years ago in 1987.  Each year, over the decades, he would drive around to local Westminster businesses asking for donations and door prizes.

>Every kid would get a hot dog 
>Every kid would get free goodies. 
>There would be prizes and trophies for the winners and door prizes throughout the day.
>The pond would be stocked with fish specifically for the kids to catch.

With a red catfish hat, colorful suspenders, and megaphone my dad would walk around the pond helping all kids have a fun day.

Every kid could fish, even if they never picked up a rod in their life.  Even if they had no money, or fishing equipment, or parent there to help them do it.  My dad would find a way to get them help.

On Thursday, November 30, my father died unexpectedly at the age of 68.  

We could think of no better way to keep his memory alive than by helping to keep the fishing rodeo going long after his death.
  • John Wilson 
    • $25 
    • 38 mos
  • Deborah Flynn 
    • $500 
    • 44 mos
  • Ann-Marie Imbornoni 
    • $45 
    • 44 mos
  • Valerie Futch Ehrlich 
    • $10 
    • 45 mos
  • Jana Sharp 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
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Chris Lysy 
Westminster, MD
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