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Highlights of Community Relations Activities for 2001 Season Announced

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 25, 2000) - On behalf of Arlington Park, Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Duchossois Family Foundation, Arlington Park Chairman Richard L. Duchossois presented former Rolling Meadows High School football player Rob Komosa with a specially equipped van. Mr. Komosa suffered a spinal injury during football practice last year. Churchill Downs Inc. President and CEO Thomas H. Meeker and Illinois State Senator Wendell Jones joined Duchossois and the Komosa family for the presentation that took place at Arlington Park on Wednesday night.

"Senator Jones has brought Rob's situation to our attention, and we appreciate his continuing efforts supporting important community efforts," said Duchossois.

During a meeting with community leaders Wednesday, Arlington Park announced that it will continue to expand upon its long-standing tradition of community service.

"Arlington and Churchill Downs both share the same philosophies in strongly supporting community activities," Duchossois added.

As a way to support community organizations in their fundraising efforts, Arlington Park is introducing its new Community Partner Program. Charitable organizations that are federally qualified as section 501(c)(3) organizations will be eligible for special fundraising event discounts at Arlington Park. Groups will be eligible for 10% discounts on all pricing, and group events hosting more than 200 people may receive a 20% discount. Applications are accepted from January through May 1, 2001 and are available through the Community Relations Department.

As a part of Churchill Downs Inc., the first Saturday in May will be an even bigger day at Arlington Park. On Saturday, May 5, 2001, the Kentucky Derby Gala kicks off the social events calendar for the new season. Local mayors Arlene Mulder of Arlington Heights, Tom Menzel of Rolling Meadows and Rita Mullins of Palatine selected Special Leisure Services / Special Olympics as the recipient of the proceeds from this event.

The Special Leisure Services Foundation (SLSF) provides the financial support and backing needed to run the Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 program. Special Olympics began 31 years ago, in 1968, when the first International Special Olympic Games were held at Chicago's Soldier Field. Today nearly 18,000 athletes are served through Special Olympics Illinois and almost 1,000 in the northwest suburbs of Area 18. Millions are served in over 150 countries throughout the world.

"This example of communities coming together for 'fun and fund-raising' exemplifies the spirit of our communities" stated Arlington Heights' Mulder.

"Selecting Special Leisure Services, benefiting the surrounding communities, reflects our commitment to a regional concept," added Palatine's Mullins.

Mayor Menzel of Rolling Meadows stated that, "We work together, enjoy the Kentucky Derby festivities and benefit those in need of our support."

Arlington Park also will be hosting United Way days at the races for various United Way chapters in the area next year. The Arlington Heights Community - United Way "Day at the Races" will be on Saturday, July 21, 2001. While working to raise funds for United Way, Arlington Park and the Village will work closely to showcase Arlington Heights as a community.

"We are pleased to work with Arlington Park and to expand our opportunity for donations and have some fun at the same time" stated United Way Executive Director Char Toljanic.

The annual Fourth of July community fireworks display will be presented at Arlington Park on Wednesday, July 4, 2001. Always an evening to remember, and fun for the entire family, the 2000 edition was the recipient of the Daily Herald's Readers' Choice Award for Best Fireworks.

Team Arlington will also gear up once again by supporting the Arlington Heights Social Services Department during the holiday season. Many families in need of support will receive holiday gifts shopped for and wrapped by the Arlington Park employees as part of "Helper's Holiday."

The Arlington Ambassadors, an employee speaker's bureau, will begin booking engagements following the New Year to entertain and educate people in the community on various racing and equine topics. Presentations will be made to local groups including Chamber programs, fraternal organizations and clubs. Requests for speakers should be directed to Arlington Park Director of Communications Dan Leary at 847/255-4300.

For further information on any of Arlington Park's community relations programs, please call 847/255-4300.

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