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CHARLOTTE WEBER ISSUES CHALLENGE ON BEHALF OF CANCER RESEARCH; OWNER TO MATCH $50,000 IN PLEDGES TO 'RIDING FOR A CURE' OVER 5 YEARS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 3, 2005) -- Prominent Thoroughbred owner-breeder Charlotte Weber, who will be honored with this year's "Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award" next week at Arlington Park, has issued a $50,000 matching gift challenge over the next five years to match pledges made to Arlington Park's "Riding For A Cure" program on behalf of cancer research.
Weber, 62, of Ocala, Fla., and Hobe Sound, Fla., and owner and operator of Live Oak Plantation, begins her pledge by offering to match an individual donation of $10,000 made to this year's "Riding For A Cure," Arlington's annual horsemen-oriented trail ride that serves as a third-party fundraiser for The University of Chicago Cancer Treatment Research Foundation.
This year's "Riding For A Cure" fundraiser will be conducted Sept. 12, but Weber's matching gift challenge is in effect for the next five years and is worth up to $50,000 over that time period.
Arlington's Distinguished Woman in Racing Award is named after Penny Chenery, Thoroughbred Racing's unofficial First Lady since campaigning Meadow Stable's Secretariat to win the Triple Crown in 1973, and Weber will be honored as this year's winner at an invitation-only charity luncheon to be held Aug. 11 in Arlington Park's International Room.
All proceeds from Arlington's Women in Racing Luncheon go to "Riding For A Cure," which has earned more than $140,000 for cancer research since it's inception in 2002, including a record $60,000 that was raised in 2004.
A native of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Weber studied art and interior design at The Sorbonne in Paris. A member of The Jockey Club in both New York and Kentucky, she also serves as a board trustee to Campbell Soup Company; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association of Kentucky. She is also on the Board of Directors with the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association and is a trustee to The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Live Oak Plantation had its best earnings year to date in 2004, and the silks have been worn this year by High Fly, winner of the Grade I Florida Derby, as well In the Gold, winner of the Grade II Beaumont Stakes.
"Riding For A Cure," founded in 2002, is a 20-mile-trail ride in Barrington Hills, Ill., where riders raise money through pledges for the cause. The day culminates with an evening of dinner and dancing, as well as a live and silent auction.
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- is running a 94-day meet in 2005 from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, Sept. 18. 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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