Service Club at The Races







By Megan McKinney


“A day at the races.” It is one of those phrases, like “Christmas morning,” that evokes memories and anticipation, certainly for anyone within an easy drive of Richard Duchossois’ Arlington International Racecourse.

For the ladies of the Service Club of Chicago, who never miss an opportunity to throw a party or to wear an elaborate hat, honoring “Mr. D.” for his advocacy of the racing industry was an occasion to do both. Their June benefit, officially titled Day at The Races, not only featured their customary display of fancy millinery, they also threw in the modeling of the creations of Menotti Couture.


Service Club of Chicago members, guests, spouses and even a few children gathered in the Arlington Park Governor’s Room for a spectacular afternoon of racing.

Myra Reilly, Arlington Park Chairman Richard Duchossois, and Co-chairs Cookie Cohen and Susan Gohl.

Kathy Piccone, winner of the Best Hat Award, Service Club President Simona Garcia, wearing Menotti Couture, and Roxana Nastase.


With a quick change, Simona Garcia returned, modeling another Menotti Couture creation.

Richard Duchossois with Belvon Walker in a great hat.

More Menotti Couture, this time modeled by Jolanta Ruege.

Kathy Piccone again, modeling another Menotti Couture design.

Photo Credit:

John Reilly Photography

Author Photo:

Robert F. Carl