Time: August 7, 2020 7:00 PM
Location: Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport , Rhode Island 02840
Embark on the Bon Voyage Ball on Friday, August 7th, 2020 with guests of honor, the Dominican Republic polo team at Newport's famed Rosecliff mansion for an enchanted escapade to the team's celebrated island haven. Our Captain and Gala Ambassadors will receive over 400 generous and fun-loving guests making a red carpet entrance for the annual sell-out black tie affair, one of the summer's most anticipated social events, to benefit the David Ortiz Children's Fund.
"The David Ortiz Children's Fund helps children who cannot afford the cardiac and other lifesaving medical services they need, through programs at Mass General Hospital for Children in New England and CEDIMAT Hospital in Santo Domingo,” explained Hallie Lorber, Fund President. For more information, please visit www.davidortizchildrensfund.org
The star-lit Caribbean fantasy will come to life with influences from the Dominican's unique and vibrant Latin-euro culture, musical heritage, iconic fashion, gourmet cuisine, exotic libations and top deck decor to experience the Caribbean's #1 port of call since the discovery of the Americas, a UNESCO World Heritage site and renown resort destination. Attire calls for cruise elegant, and who better to turn to for classic style than Oscar de la Renta, the DR's most famous son, to swing his signature tassle earrings or be draped from bow to stern!
Ticketed guests must be 21 or older to attend the gala (or accompanied by a parent or guardian). Proof of age may be required. As per our Terms & Conditions, refunds must be requested in writing by the customer, via email, at least 7 days prior to the ticketed event (by noon on the previous Friday) sent to: email@example.com.
A pre-gala confetti send-off reception with the Dominican Republic polo team is in the works at a pier to be named, to launch the evening's festivities before the crossing to Rosecliff for sunset ocean views from the lido, enticing hors d'oeuvres, specialty themed cocktails and an exciting Silent Auction with a curated collection of unique items and exclusive gifts offered to the highest bidder. Guests will adjourn to the gilded ballroom for the Captain's Table seated dinner and whirlwind Live Auction offering up the evening's buried treasures. The band will strike up for dancing 'til the midnight horn, with tenders departing for a final excursion to the Skybar, Newport's legendary beacon atop the Clarke Cooke House.
Sign up to our private & secure guest list to receive event updates by email. Tickets will sell out well in advance. Dinner Tickets and Patron Tables are for ballroom seating until the capacity is reached, then, additional seating will be available in the salon to enjoy the evening's full festivities.
Newport Polo’s gala has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to support various worthy nonprofit organizations. For Gala Sponsorship opportunities or Auction donations for the 2020 gala and auction, please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 years and counting, the International Polo Charity Ball is the social highlight of the summer, when polo players, enthusiasts, and supporters come together for a lively celebration while supporting various charitable organizations. Festivities carry on through the weekend as the international guests of honor take to the polo field on the following afternoon for the USA vs. Dominican Republic standoff. Our annual New England Lobsterbake, expertly prepared by the master bakesmen of McGrath Clambakes, brings a brilliant conclusion to an extraordinary weekend. Visit the Schedule/Tickets page for all upcoming events.
To view a gallery of photos from the previous charity balls, including last year's Diamonds Are Forever with the South African polo team, check out the photo gallery.
About Rosecliff: Rosecliff is the premier estate amidst America’s finest collection of gilded age mansions. Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. After the house was completed in 1902, at a reported cost of $2.5 million, Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous entertainments here, including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini.
About Newport Polo: Newport Polo is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America's first polo club, offering exhibition polo and club member services for outdoor & arena polo, and polo instruction. Est. in 1876, charter member of the United States Polo Assoc, and host of the Newport International Polo Series.
2020 Charitable Initiatives: In its past 28 years, Newport Polo is proud to have helped raise over $1.5 million for nonprofit organizations through its gala auction, benefit matches, and ticket donations for the Newport International Polo Series, among other fundraising efforts. Newport Polo will host additional charitable initiatives in 2020, including the annual Benefit Polo Matches on May 30th and August 1st, offering fundraising opportunities to participating 501-c-3 organizations. For more information, please email email@example.com.