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Benefit for injured jockey to be held in Vernon Hills
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Published: 10/7/2009 12:24 PM

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A benefit to assist jockey Michael Straight, who was seriously injured in an Aug. 26 racing accident at Arlington Park, will be held Oct. 25 at a Vernon Hills restaurant.

The event, which is open to the public and will run from 6 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. at Philly G's Restaurant, 1252 E. U.S. Highway 45, near Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21), in Vernon Hills. The will cost $50 per person. The event includes an evening of hors d'Oeuvres, live music by the Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields Forever, singer Victor Pacini and additional entertainment, wich will be announced later.

Other fund-raising efforts at the benefit will include raffles, games and a cash bar with proceeds to help offset the medical costs being incurred by the 23-year-old apprentice rider as he continues to recover from the injuries suffered in the spill.

Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made via e-mail to

Those unable to attend the event but wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund earmarked for Michael Straight can do so by sending a check payable to the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, in care of Michael Straight, 547 Webford Avenue, Des Plaines IL 60016.

Straight remains hospitalized at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, but is expected to move to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago soon to continue his therapy.