An eBay auction that includes racetrack packages, a handicapping past performances package, and a basketball signed by University of Kentucky coach John Calipari to benefit the John Joseph Morris Fund is scheduled to end this Friday, Oct. 19.
The eBay auction and golf tournament scheduled for Oct. 14 both benefit the fund set up to help defray a portion of the rehabilitation expenses of Johnny Morris, 24-year-old the son of Thoroughbred Owners of California president Joe Morris. Johnny Morris was paralyzed in July 2012 after an accidental fall from a an apartment balcony in Berkeley, Calif.
The eBay auction consists of the Calipari-signed basketball, a Keeneland Race Course and Thoroughbred Club of America package that can be used during the current fall meet of 2014 spring meet, reserved seats to this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, a Saratoga Race Course Experience during the 2014 meet, a photograph of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner I'll Have Another signed by trainer Doug O'Neill, and a Daily Racing Form Formulator Past Performances package.
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Last year's golf tournament raised nearly $100,000 to assist with Morris' rehabilitation, much of which occurred at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington. This year's event will benefit the John Morris Foundation and Cardinal Hill.
Both of the "Chipping in for Johnny" tournaments were held at Canewood Golf Course in Georgetown, Ky.
"The Morris family are wonderful advocates for people with physical rehabilitation needs and their support will go a long way in helping others," Gary Payne, president/CEO of Cardinal Hill Hospital, said in a release.