Fundraising efforts support Lithoprint owner Tony Sekera
Surrounding Tony at the Sept. 17 benefit match left to right are: Charles Todd, Tracey Riff, Cindy Engdahl Sekera, Molly Seago, Clifton Yandel and Matt Sekera
For the last two years, Westmont-based commercial printer Lithoprint, Inc. has printed the Neighbors Magazines DuPage publications, including the Neighbors of Westmont magazine. On Fri., June 2, Lithoprint owner Tony Sekera, an avid polo player, was badly injured during a solo stick and ball practice near Aiken, SC. His favorite polo pony took a bad stumble resulting in his somersaulting over the animal’s head fracturing his C4 and C5 vertebrae with devastating spinal cord damage. Due to significant immobility below his shoulders, Tony will have to rely on 24/7 nursing care.
Fundraising efforts have already begun to support Tony. On Sun., Sept. 17, nearly 400 guests showed up at Prince of Wales Field for the “Team Up for Tony” benefit polo tournament hosted by Oak Brook Polo Club. Nearly $25,000 was raised in support of his recovery.
“Tony and I experienced an amazing and overwhelming outpouring of love and support from everyone at the event, bolstering our determination and outlook for his future,” explained Tony’s wife Cindy Engdahl Sekera. “We are very appreciative of the polo community, the Oak Brook Polo Club team, James Drury, and the host of dedicated volunteers and special friends that made the event possible.”
A GoFundMe page has also been set up by Tony’s daughter Molly Seago. Financial contributions will help offset the out of pocket expenses for Tony’s ongoing day to day care which is not covered by insurance. To make a donation, visit gofundme.com/tony-sekera.