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Arlington Park news release

Contact: Dan Leary (847) 385-7754


Inaugural Gala Benefiting the College Scholarship Program to be held at Arlington Park

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Feb.6, 2002) -- The Maryville Academy's First Annual Billiards Ball, sponsored by Brunswick and hosted by the Friends of Maryville will be held at Arlington Park racetrack on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002. The inaugural black-tie-optional event will feature world-class billiards exhibition play by champions Ewa Mataya-Laurance and Johnny Archer, and will include celebrity participation, cocktails, dinner, entertainment, music, dancing and a silent auction.

The Billiard Ball at Arlington Park, located on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Wilke Road in Arlington Heights, Ill., will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, pool exhibition and silent auction, followed by dinner and entertainment from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m.

"We hope that everyone will mark their calendars and support this unique, first time event," commented Mary Vitulli, Director of Development, Maryville City of Youth. "This night will be full of unique delights, all dedicated to help raise funds for our College Scholarship Program for the youth of Maryville Academy."

"Both Arlington Park and Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) share the philosophy of supporting community cause-related activities and being a good neighbor," said Arlington Park President Steve Sexton. "We are excited about expanding our commitment by acting as both host and a sponsor, along with CDI, to this to this great new event for a great cause."

The evening's entertainment will feature one of Chicago's favorite personalities, comedian Tom Dreesen, who will serve as master of ceremonies. In addition, current Chicago Bears' defensive linemen Keith Traylor and Ted Washington plus defensive coordinator Greg Blache, other former Bears' players, and The SCORE Radio's Mike North are scheduled to attend.

The magnificent silent auction will feature fabulous prizes such as exclusive travel packages, Nieman Marcus gifts and numerous sporting sky box and ticket packages, including box seats for a "Day at the Races" at Arlington Park. Cigar afficionados will enjoy a Cognac and Cigar Bar.

All proceeds from the event benefit the College Scholarship Program for the youth of Maryville Academy. Tickets are $200 for individuals and $2,000 for a table of ten. Guests interested in attending or receiving more information can call (847) 294-1856.

Event sponsors include Brunswick Billiards, Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Eldorado Hotel & Casino, Grand Geneva Resort, Happy Vacations, Maryville Board of Directors, Neiman Marcus, Paul Newman, Northwestern Golf, Olmarc Packaging Co., Orthosport Physical Therapy, Ramsey Advertising, SCORE Radio, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Ty, Inc., Walt Disney World, York Furriers and others.

Maryville was established in 1883 several years after the Great Chicago Fire, the result of which was hundreds of homeless and orphaned children. Today, Maryville is the largest residential childcare facility in the State of Illinois. A nationally recognized leader in the treatment of physically, sexually and emotionally abused and neglected youth, Maryville annually serves over 18,000 such children on 22 campuses. Maryville continues to serve children of all ages throughout the State of Illinois, primarily from low-income households in the inner city of Chicago.

Maryville City of Youth is dedicated to provide structure, stability and a sense of purpose in the lives of the abused and neglected children entrusted to its care. Maryville is a home for these children: a healer, teacher and provider. Maryville's services are available to children of all races and ethnic origins. Maryville encourages its youth to participate in the faith of their choice and will never turn away a child in need.

For further information on the Billiard Ball, contact:

Liz Nicalek
The C.SAW Marketing Group
(312) 822-9699

Mary Vitulli
Maryville Academy
(847) 525-3636

For more information on Maryville Academy please call (847) 294-1890.

Arlington Park, host of the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 26 and Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run a 107-day meet in 2002 from Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, Oct. 27. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates five off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- "Trackside" Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Quad City Downs (East Moline), Chicago, Rockford and Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at

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