Date: Saturday, August 23, 2008
Newport was defeated 13-11 by regional rival Dari Farms of VT in the Red Cross Hurricane Cup at on Saturday, August 23rd at 5pm but all was not lost as the match benefitted the RI Chapter of the American Red Cross in its Hurricane Preparedness Program, with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for relief to victims of the 2008 hurricane season through the National Disaster Relief Fund.
The Red Cross raised over $1,100 through the sale of bottled water and raffle tickets. They had two inflatable 'air shelter' tents on display with information available on Hurricane Preparedness. Raffle prizes were awarded at the match, including a Bose Wave Stereo. The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
“In the past, our supportive fans and sponsors united to help us raise over $5,000 in cash for victims of Hurricane Katrina on one occasion, and over $1,000 lbs of emergency supplies on another occasion for hurricane victims in Jamaica,” stated Dan Keating, founder and president of the Polo Series. “We believe that every little bit helps, and combining resources with the American Red Cross will multiply our results in the future to give greater help to those in need.”