Racing & Wagering

Benefit for Michael Straight Oct. 25

| Churchill Downs Communications | 10/07/2009 #

A benefit to assist injured jockey Michael Straight has been planned for Sunday, Oct. 25 from 6 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. at Philly G's Restaurant in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

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.  You can RSVP 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, Ill. 60016.

Straight remains hospitalized at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, but it is expected that he will be moved to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the coming days to continue his therapy.