TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Polo For Heart, the city's most chic and
unique fundraising event is galloping into town next week, bringing
with it some of polo's princes. Competing this year in the
international matches are Brandon Phillips, Fred Mannix Jr. and Team
Mexico by Pologistix.
Taking place June 15, 16 and 17, Polo For Heart enters its 33rd year as
a charity event raising money for heart and stroke related charities.
"As a long standing fundraising campaign, Polo For Heart is committed to
both raising funds for heart and stroke related initiatives, as well as
entertaining guests with a genuine polo experience," said Derek
Watchorn, Polo For Heart Event Chair.
Added Watchorn: "While polo is known as the sport of kings, Polo For
Heart is an event for everyone - from polo aficionados to those who
just want to learn more about the game and have fun."
This year, Polo For Heart named Lloyd Robertson as Honorary Chair. With
his life-long interest in horses, and support for cardiac-related
causes, Polo For Heart was a perfect fit with the former TV news
Also new this year is the luxurious Polo Pavilion, an 80-foot
contemporary lounge that will keep guests entertained with daily
fashion shows, as well as performances by famed band George St. Kitts.
Spanning 10 grassy acres, the polo field becomes the backdrop to eight
thoroughbred polo ponies galloping at full speed, while their riders
maneuver to compete for the opportunity to make contact with the ball.
Truly an international event, Polo For Heart attracts players from
across the globe with this year's featured team hailing from Mexico.
Canadian-born, but internationally trained Brandon Phillips will come
from Wellington, Florida for the event, while Calgarian Fred Mannix Jr.
will travel from New York.
Competitors from Argentina, Chile, England, the United States, and South
Africa will also be in attendance. Each day of the three-day event,
guests are treated to two international polo matches, delectable food
and wine, a silent auction, and daily entertainment sure to keep every
In addition to being a spectator to the sport, guests can also visit the
boutiques tent, the silent auction, the children's village and the
exclusive Mallet Lounge.
And even more likely to make you feel like polo-regulars Prince William
and Kate Middleton is the traditional champagne divot stomp (guests
take to the field and pat down torn-up grass), polo picnic contest
(free to anyone who wants to participate, simply show off your alfresco
culinary style and set up your best spread) and the best hat contest
(there are no limits when it comes to head fashion).
Proceeds from this year's Polo For Heart will go to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery, as well as towards purchasing a
new MRI machine at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket. Since
Polo For Heart's inception, more than $5 million has been raised for
heart and stroke related charities.
"There are 300,000 Canadians today living with the after-effects of
stroke and a dramatic increase is expected in the next 10 to 20 years,"
said David Sculthorpe, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
"This means there is a great need to focus attention on stroke
recovery, and we're grateful that Polo For Heart has dedicated funds to
the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery."
"Over the next five years, more than 1.5 million patients will come
through the doors of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, and
chances are, many will be facing the toughest battles of their lives,"
said Neila Poscente, President and CEO of the Southlake Foundation. "Now, with thanks to the
generosity and vision of Polo For Heart, the purchase of a second MRI
will transform care at Southlake, leading to early detection and early
start to treatment."
General admission to Polo For Heart is $15; children under 12 are free.
An event that will offer entertainment for all ages, anyone interested
in taking part can visit www.poloforheart.org for more information.
The Gormley Polo Centre, 13401 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill
Friday, June 15 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 16 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 17 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
SOURCE Polo for Heart
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