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Fundraising party set to assist injured jockey Straight
By Mike Spellman | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 10/19/2009 4:04 PM

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A Halloween party/fundraiser to benefit injured jockey Michael Straight will be held Sunday night at Philly G's Restaurant in Vernon Hills.

Proceeds from the event, which is scheduled to run from 6 to 11:30 p.m., will go to defray medical costs for Straight, who was injured in an on-track incident at Arlington Park on Aug. 26.

The event, which is open to the public, costs $50 per person and includes an evening of hors d'Oeuvres, live music by Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields Forever, singer Victor Pacini and additional entertainment to be announced.

Additional fund-raising efforts at the benefit will include raffles, games and a cash bar with proceeds earmarked 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/RSVPs are strongly encouraged as a full house is anticipated for this benefit. Those interested in attending can RSVP via e-mail to

Philly G's is located at 1252 E. Highway 45 in Vernon Hills, just northwest of the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) and Old Half Day Road (Route 45).

Those unable to attend the event but wishing to make a tax deductible contribution 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, Ill. 60016.

Straight recently was moved from Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to continue his recovery.

Cards may be sent to Straight at: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 345 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL. 60611.