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ARLINGTON TV ANALYST CHRISTINE GABRIEL NAMED CTRF SUPERHERO
Cancer Treatment Research Foundation Award to be Presented on Saturday in Chicago
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 22, 2004) -- Arlington Park TV analyst Christine Gabriel, a three-time cancer survivor and cancer research advocate, will he honored as a recipient of the Cancer Treatment Research Foundation (CTRF) Superhero Award at the National City Bank Gala 2004: CTRF Heroes for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. The evening event will include dinner, dancing, auctions and a moving tribute to two superheroes in the fight against cancer.
Chicago media celebrities Merri Dee from WGN-TV and WMAQ-TV's Art Norman will co-host this black-tie event in The Imperial Ballroom at The Fairmont Chicago, joined by CTRF Spokeshero Dr. Triumph, Cancer Fighter. The program will honor this year's CTRF Superheroes, Gabriel and Dr. Dan Nixon, President of the Institute of Cancer Prevention.
Gabriel, who will be honored for her tireless work to increase awareness of and funding for cancer research, is the founder of the Riding For A Cure Foundation, which has made a commitment to the American Cancer Society to help fund their research programs in the hope of finding a cure for cancer.
Founded in 2001, Riding For A Cure brings the Equestrian community together to celebrate, contribute and remember all those that have been affected by cancer. For the past three years, Gabriel has gathered Arlington Park horsemen, employees, sponsors and fans to volunteer, participate, donate or promote this all day, 20-mile trail ride and fundraiser. It culminates with a dinner that includes live and silent auctions to help raise money for cancer research. The event has raised more than $130,000 since its inception.
As part of the Riding For A Cure Foundation, in 2002 Gabriel also established the annual "Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award," an invitation-only charity luncheon held at Arlington Park during the International Festival of Racing week. Named after Helen "Penny" Chenery, Thoroughbred racing's unofficial First Lady as the owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, the first two winners were career horsewoman Amy Bondon-Peltz and Thoroughbred owner Beverly Lewis, who are both extremely involved in the fight against cancer.
In addition, Gabriel served with Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder as honorary co-chairpersons for the American Cancer Society's 2002 Relay For Life at Arlington and was named to Northwest Suburban American Cancer Society's (ACS) Regional Leadership Council in April 2002.
Cancer Treatment Research Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1991 based on the conviction that patients need and deserve the best possible treatments the world has to offer. We strive to fund the most innovative research known to man and shorten the distance between those dedicated to treating and curing cancer and patients who are fighting for their lives. Thanks to generous underwriting of operational expenses, 99 cents of every dollar donated to CTRF goes directly to cancer research programs: a ratio unparalleled in any non-profit setting.
Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack, is located in Arlington Heights, Ill. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates eight off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside South Beloit, Trackside Waukegan and Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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