A Valentine's Day fund-raiser for the family of jockey Michael Rowland, who died from injuries sustained in a Feb. 5 racing accident at Turfway Park, has drawn interest from around the country, and donated items continued to come in the morning of the event.
A benefit will be held the evening of Feb. 14 at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort, one of the tracks at which Rowland competed. He was regularly based at Thistledown near Cleveland, Ohio. Trainer Gary Johnson and jockey Maureen Andrews coordinated the Mountaineer benefit and associated silent auction.
Here is a partial list of items to be offered:
-- A yearling filly by City Zip--Dakota Woman, donated by Estrorace.com (Amy Bondon-Peltz). It includes van transportation by Jerry Noss.
-- A Jon Court bobblehead doll.
-- An autographed Steve Cauthen bobblehead doll.
-- Memorabilia and souvenirs from area racetracks.
-- An overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cleveland.
-- Two tickets to 2004 Kentucky Derby.
-- Overnight lodging, including breakfast and dinner, for two people at Mountaineer.
-- Three pairs of Cleveland Cavalier's tickets to a mutually agreed upon game.
-- Four tickets (first row behind home plate) for a mutually agreed upon Cleveland Indian's game at Jacob's Field.
-- Two box seats for mutually agreed upon Indian's game.
-- An autographed Pete Rose bobblehead doll.
-- An autographed copy of Pete Rose's book, My Prison Without Bars
-- Five certificates for a three-day, two-night vacation at your choice out of 80 resorts.
-- Three pairs of tickets for the home opener of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball season.
-- Three pairs of tickets to any Pirates game.
-- A Mike Pegram bobblehead doll.
-- A framed picture of the national championship game between Ohio State University and Miami of Florida Jan. 3, 2003.
-- A gift certificate for a facial treatment from Facial Care by Joyce in Boardman, Ohio.
-- A day of co-hosting the "Regular Guy" handicapping show at River Downs with co-host John Engelhardt.
-- Use of the private Suite at Thistledown, including food for 20 people, donated by Magna Entertainment Corp.
-- A winticket.com account with a $500 wagering credit, donated by Beulah Park and Winticket.com.
-- Four VIP tickets for Cradle Stakes day at River Downs.
-- A personally guided tour of Steve Cauthen's Dreamfields Farm in Kentucky.
Benefit organizers are taking telephone bids from 6-11 p.m. Feb. 14 at 216-906-6752 or 216-906-6753.