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Second Annual Night at the Races

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CEA members gather at Hawthorne Race Track to raise scholarship funds during action-packed evening.

by Chris Nowakowski
photos by Gerry Adams

The Chicago Elevator Association (CEA) held its Second Annual Night at the Races scholarship fundraiser on the evening of May 19 at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney/Cicero, Illinois. The oldest continually family-run racetrack in North America, Hawthorne is ranked eighth out of 65 thoroughbred racetracks by the Horseplayers Association of North America.  

Attendees enjoyed an evening of harness racing while enjoying a buffet dinner and top-shelf libations in a private dining area overlooking the track. Highlights included the second race being dedicated to the CEA, with several attendees riding in the starter’s car and the entire group participating in the winner’s circle group photo.

This year’s event raised approximately US$4,000 for scholarships to be awarded to CEA members’ relatives, including three scholarships that will be awarded this fall to dependents of CEA members who are starting their freshmen year of post-secondary education. 

The CEA would like to thank all who attended this event and look forward to the continued success of this scholarship fundraiser. The association also extends a special thanks to this year’s event sponsors: Formula Systems, Adams Elevator Equipment Co., C.J. Anderson & Co., GAL/Hollister-Whitney, Matot and Lakeland/Larsen Elevator Corp.

Chris Nowakowski is sales manager at Great Lakes Elevator Service, Inc.

Gerry Adams is a business unit manager at Schindler subsidiary Adams Elevator. 

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