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ARLINGTON PARK TO HOST 25 MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS FOR A DAY AT THE RACES AND FUNDRAISING DINNER ON JUNE 23
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 13, 2007) -- Arlington Park will honor the United States military during its Medal of Honor weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 22, 23 and 24, 2007.
The highlight of the weekend will be the honoring of 25 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients on Saturday, June 23. The day’s events include a Medal of Honor presentation in the Winner’s Circle between the third and fourth races, United States Military Corps Color Guard and a display of military vehicles. That evening, Arlington Park will host “In the Company of Heroes” fundraising dinner honoring the recipients with news anchor Bob Sirott serving as master of ceremonies. Tickets are available for $1,000/seat and $10,000/table with all proceeds going to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal of Honor and the ideals of American courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism represented by the Medal of Honor and its recipients. Fewer than 3,500 individuals have been deemed to have served with such uncommon valor in combat and extraordinary courage that they were presented the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award and the only one that is both approved and presented by the President of the United States.
“We have the utmost respect for the men and women of our military and look forward to honoring them throughout the weekend,” said Roy Arnold, president of Arlington Park. “These Medal of Honor recipients are an extremely special group of men who have been awarded the nation’s highest honor for combat valor and we are privileged to host them at Arlington Park.”
Throughout the weekend, anyone with a military ID and three guests can receive free admission to Arlington Park. Races start at 3 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
In addition, the military-to-civilian recruiting firm RecruitMilitary will host a free hiring event for job seekers who have military backgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at Arlington Park.
On Saturday, guests can get an up-close look of the military equipment static displays which will include two CH-46E Helicopters, two High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) and one Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) – 7-ton truck.
Finally on Sunday, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps, Arlington Park is hosting a Toys for Tots Drive with free admission for adults with a toy donation. It is also “Santa Comes to Town” in June during Pepsi Family Day and children will have the chance to meet Santa. Children 17 and under are admitted free.
To purchase tickets for the “In the Company of Heroes” dinner honoring the Medal of Honor recipients on Saturday, June 23, contact Jennifer Lennon from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation at (843) 856-3216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.More information on all the weekend’s events is available at www.arlingtonpark.com.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 94-day meet in 2007 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates nine off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky’s featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry and The Inferno featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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