Event Snapshots: A Day at the Races

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    Kimpton Gray Hotel GM Nabil Moubayed and IHLA’s Jennifer Chase.

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    A view of the races from the Beverly D. Suite.

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    JW Marriott GM Lisa Timbo and IHLA’s Karrie Teel.

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    Chris Collins, Larry McCullum and Misty Johanson of the School of Hospitality Leadership at DePaul University, and Jordan Engerman, Choose Chicago director of partnerships.

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    Hotel Allegro’s Sarah Gregory and Nabil Moubayed.

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    Richard Cialabrini, Monica Schmidt and Kim Weaver of Constellation.

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    Guests enjoying a chef’s table and open bar.

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    Choose Chicago staff, including President and CEO David Whitaker, Board of Directors Chair Desiree Rogers and Senior Advisor Ken Bennett.

Members of The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) placed their bets for a good cause this summer at the 11th annual Pony Up for the Kids fundraiser event, held at Arlington International Racecourse. Proceeds went directly into a fund for the IHLA Educational Foundation Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to local students pursuing degrees in hospitality. (See the latest winners on page 45.) To date, the program has awarded $400,000 to deserving students. Guests were able to enjoy the racecourse’s private Beverly D. Suite with incredible views of the activity below as well as a chef’s table, premium open bar, private teller and networking opportunities. A horse racing professional was also on hand to offer winning selections and betting strategies. Here are some sights from the night:

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