Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
It was all good times for good causes this Sunday, at the Newport International Polo Series second annual All Charity Day, a special highlight of the 26th season.
Over 2,000 supporters of 22 civic and charitable organizations turned out for an afternoon of exciting polo action, enticing raffles, heated silent auctions and more. This year’s beneficiaries included Boy Scouts of America Narragansett Council; Boys Town New England; Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island; Community String Project; Fairways for Warriors; Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center; Junior League of Boston; Junior League of Rhode Island; Junior League of Worcester; National Autism Association; Newport Hospital; Portsmouth Boy Scouts Troop One; Portsmouth Dog Park; Portsmouth Free Public Library; Portsmouth Youth Lacrosse; Providence Singers; Rebuilding Together Greater Newport; Rhode Island Federation of Garden Club; Suzanne M. Henseler Foundation; Team Red White & Blue Rhode Island; Newport County YMCA Special Olympics. All proceeds from ticket sales went directly to the organizations, raising over $22,000 (totals still coming in) for the participants.
Spectators were treated to an incredible “battle of the sexes” match between local Newport players, plus activities hosted by the 22 charities there. Everyone wanted to join the raffles for a chance to win one of the many awesome gift baskets that were available, and place their bids in the silent auctions. There was so much to do and see, and for most it was their first time witnessing a polo match.
Representing the Men’s Team, in position #1 was Lars Wahlberg with Alexander King as his alternate, playing #2 was Michel Nseir, position #3 was Brendan Tetreault, and position #4 was Sam Clemens.
Representing the Women’s Team, in position #1 was Amy Rice, in position #2 was Stephanie Still with Laurel Howe as her alternate, position #3 was Jenna Davis, and in position #4 was Minnie Keating.
The Men started off the match with a goal by Clemens but the Women answered with a goal scored by Davis, bringing the score to 1-1 going into the second chukker. The Women kicked it into gear with two goals scored by Keating and Still, but the Men answered with a goal by Clemens, the score being 3-2 with the Women in the lead. The Men started out the third chukker with a goal by Tetreault but the Women hit their stride, with three goals scored by Still and Davis (two goals). A score of 6-3 with the Women holding onto the lead going into the half.
Both teams demonstrated excellent defensive skills during the fourth chukker as there were no goals scored. The Women scored the only goal of the fifth chukker bringing the score to 7-3 going into the final chukker. Nseir scored the first goal of the final chukker but the Women answered with two goals by Rice. The Men put up a good fight but could not match the goals scored by the Women who ran out the victors with a score of 9-4.
Special thanks to the Boy Scouts of America for goal judging during the match.
Through its 26 year history, Newport Polo has raised over $1,285,500 for civic and charitable organizations. Initiatives include the International Polo Charity Ball, special benefit matches, and countless ticket donations for the Newport International Polo Series.