Event raises money for Northbrook child
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Updated: December 2, 2012 6:30AM
Matt Lindner gave his friend Laura Horwitch
a big hug Saturday during a Chicago fundraiser for Laura’s daughter Lacey.
Friends since their high school days (Lindner at Glenbrook North and Horwitch nee Pekay at Glenbrook South), they came together with other friends and neighbors to raise more than $2,300 for medical Lacey’s medical costs.
The 9-year-old Northbrook girl is being treated for hemophagocytic lymphohistocytis and thyroid hormone resistance. Having just been released from University of Chicago Hospital’s care, she was unable to attend the three-hour “Kids Rock! A Benefit for Lacey Horwitch In Memory of Zorine Lindner” at Matt’s restaurant, Evil Olive, 1551 W. Division St., in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
The memorial aspect of the evening was dedicated to Lindner’s mother. She and his father, Burton Lindner, were killed July 4 when a Union Pacific train derailed causing the bridge at Shermer Road to collapse onto their vehicle.
Michael and Donna Pekay are Lacey’s maternal grandparents, who lived in Glenview for 26 years and are Northbrook residents for the past 13.
“Burt was my friend since the start of high school,” said Michael, who graduated in 1961 with Burton Lindner from Chicago Senn High School.
Both became attorneys.
“We were good friends. We were buddies. (Burt was) a good person,” Pekay said, fighting tears.
Laura and her husband David, a Chicago attorney, have two additional daughters, Jenna and Maya, who sang Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” at the benefit.
Matt and his wife Kathy have two children, Noah, 5, and Anna, 3.
“My family is so thankful for Matt and Kathy’s generosity in putting this all together,” David Horwitch said. “We continue to be so appreciative of all of the support that we are so fortunate to receive from friends, family and the community.”~.