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2019 Year In Review

Date:    Sunday, December 15, 2019

2019 Fundraising Benchmarks

This year, Newport Polo's charitable efforts contributed over $100,000 to local civic and non-profit organizations, surpassing a total of $1.5 million since 1992.  Fundraising results from the 19th annual International Polo Charity Ball, plus benefit polo matches and ticket donations are among the long standing traditions that extend polo's good will throughout the community
Diamonds Are Forever captivated 450 supporters of the 19th annual International Polo Charity Ball at the famed Marble House mansion in Newport, RI where Silent and Live Auction proceeds netted a record amount of over $35,000 which benefitted the Newport Music FestivalThe 2020 gala has just been announced, for Friday, August 7th, 2020.
All Charity Day: 20 civic and charitable organizations and more than 2,000 supporters flocked to the polo field on July 14th for the 4th annual All Charity Day benefit match. Newport Polo Club members staged a fast-paced match amidist enthusiastic boosters in tailgate parties circling the polo field. Participating groups raised over $22,000 through ticket sales, raffles, and other initiatives to support their missions.
The partnership between Newport Polo and the Rotary Club of Newport reached its 29th year.  Ad sales for the polo Season Program combined with ticket sales for the annual Benefit Match on the last Saturday of May contributes tens of thousands of dollars each year to support the Rotary Club's local scholarship and international giving programs.

2019 Milestones

Hosted 8 International Teams, including the return of ChileSouth Africa, and New Zealand.

Hosted 6 City Teams, welcoming the return of Washington.

Organized an inaugural Pony Parade to launch the season at Bannister's Wharf on the Newport harborfront on the eve of Opening Day, followed by the traditional season kickoff party at Clarke Cooke House.

Presented $3,200 in prize money for the first time in US Women's Polo history during the 2nd Annual East Coast Open & Handicap Women's Polo Championships, Presented by Dechra.

Celebrated the Silver Anniversary of USA vs. Jamaica.

Other Accomplishments

Awarded a Grand Prize round-trip for 2 anywhere in the world, on Turkish Airlines.

Opened the new Davitt Pavilion Patio Bar with a White Party & ribbon cutting.

Promoted 7 distinctive Appearance Events around town with the International Teams.

Produced the 8th annual Beach Polo exhibition as part of the Newport Winter Festival.

Created 6 Modern Luxury Polo Lounge experiences.

Hosted 8 unique Aprés Polo field-side celebrations with the International Teams.

Awarded 18 Stella Artois Prizes for Best Weekly Tailgate.

Gave away over $5,000 worth of Weekly Door Prizes, including Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Bose Audio Sunglasses, and Brahmin designer bags.

Debuted over 25 new pieces in the Pro Shop's 2019 Sportswear & Jewelry Collection 

Hosted newportFILM’s community screening of 'Framing John DeLorean' on the lawn.

Created premium Pavilion & Lawn Seating Upgrades by Exquisite Events.

Opened the Backline Bar for full-service beverages in the Discovery Zone.

Opened three new restrooms at the polo grounds.

Polo Club Highlights 

Hosted 3 United States Polo Association Arena Polo Tournaments, including the National Sherman MemorialNortheast Circuit Amateur Cup, and Northeast Circuit Women's Arena Challenge, plus 2 USPA-sanctioned international women's outdoor polo tournaments, East Coast Open & Handicap Women's Polo Championships, and several outdoor & arena Club Tournaments, home games for Brown U and Roger Williams U intercollegiate teams and Newport Interscholastic team.

Introduced over 100 newcomers to polo in our weekly lesson program, Intro Polo Clinics, and Lunch & Learn team-building seminars. 

Graduated a new class of players in the Coaching League.

Dispatched USA teams to compete in Jamaica and Poland Snow Polo.

 Awarded recognition for Sportsmanship - Hamish Waites, and Most Improved PlayerRoger Souto

 

 2019 International Polo Sponsors

The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2019 sponsors including Gallo|Thomas InsuranceBrahminDavitt IncTurkish AirlinesTD BankBoston CommonGurney'sThe VanderbiltHotel VikingThe ChanlerVanderbilt International Properties, Veuve ClicquotClarke Cooke House,  Stella ArtoisRockstar LimoAtria Senior LivingGoslingsMcGrath Clambakes and promotional partners that entertain our visiting teams including Exquisite Events, the International Tennis Hall of Fame America's Cup ChartersNewport Helicopter ToursThe Cocktail GuruNewport MansionsIsland Surf and SportNewport Jaguar Tours, Newport Sport Fishing Charters, Providence River Boat Company, Newport Harbor Guide, and Scooter World. Special thanks to Schultz Marketing Partners, Van Liew TrustTanglewood, and WCRI, Classical Rhode Island. 

“Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder.