Benefit helps needy workers cross finish line
By Anthony DeBartolo
The hours are long, the pay is low, the benefits
are few. Life on the backstretch isn't easy.
But for the few thousand people who both live and work at Illinois'
seven racetracks each season, without the Racing Industry Charitable
Foundation Inc., things would be a lot worse...
To help pick up the slack, nearly
300 people turned out Friday night at the Neiman Marcus store in Oak
Brook for the Arlington International Million Ball.
The $200-per-plate, black-tie
fete, along with a 32-item auction that included a trip to Paris, was
expected to raise more than $50,000.
When guests took the escalator up one flight, they discovered the shoe department was transformed into a dance
hall, and orchid and rose-adorned dinner tables set up near $12,000 minks.
They also couldn't miss Ellie Weingardt, a Joan Rivers
look-alike hired to liven things up. "There was a horse missing in the
fourth race today," she declared while digesting her filet of beef. "I
think I just found
Hollywood glamor lights State Street
Klieg lights, a 5-foot-long red carpet, and glammed-up guests brought a glimmer of Hollywood to State Street's Gene Siskel Film Center, which held its Oscar Night America Party on Sunday. Joan Rivers impersonator Ellie Weingart joked with the glitziest guests (suggested dress code: "Awards Glam"). Inside, some 300 film buffs watched the show in the center's two theaters. Proceeds benefited education at the film center and also Chicago Academy of Arts' scholarship fund.
Joan Rivers impersonator Ellie
Weingardt (right) with Betty Brown. "I want to tell you about my
dress," Weingardt said. "It's a Oscar de la Yenta."
ELLIE WEINGARDT A.K.A. JOAN RIVERS PREDICTS LOTS OF
CLEAVAGE SUNDAY NIGHT.
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