TORONTO, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Polo For Heart, one of Canada's most
unique equestrian sporting events, offers a spectacular venue from
which to watch thoroughbred polo ponies and players from Argentina,
United States, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Canada as they
thunder down an area equivalent to nine football fields engaging in the
"sport of kings". This year, Polo For Heart will be held at the Toronto
Polo Club in Richmond Hill at 13401 Leslie Street on June 14, 15 and
Now entering its 34th year, Polo For Heart has been a special event on
many social calendars as a fascinating and successful fund raiser for
heart and stroke related charities. 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
Each day of the three-day event from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM, guests will be
treated to two international polo matches, a silent auction, charming
boutiques and daily half time entertainment. Guests can also visit The
BMO Kids Zone and the exclusive Mallet Lounge and can participate in
the traditional champagne divot stomp and polo picnic and the best hat
This year Polo for Heart is delighted to welcome on board its title
sponsor, the Bank of Montreal. Another new sponsor is five-star luxury
hotel Ritz Carlton which is hosting the Polo For Heart corporate
pavilion, where guests will be treated to gourmet food and wine, a
fashion show sponsored by the Upper Canada Mall and entertained by jazz
musician George St. Kitts and his band.
For a second year, Polo For Heart has named Lloyd Robertson as Honorary
Chair of the Polo For Heart Executive Committee. The former legendary
TV news anchor will be donating copies of his most recent book "That's
the Kind of Life it's Been" to Polo for Heart.
"The Toronto Polo Club is proud to have successfully hosted Polo For
Heart for over three decades. In its 34th year this year, Polo For Heart still thrills audiences - offering
glamour, uniqueness and excitement for everyone. We are particularly
pleased to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Southlake
Regional Health Centre," said Derek Watchorn, Polo For Heart Event
"There are 315,000 Canadians today living with the after-effects of
stroke and an 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's 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. "Thanks to the generosity
and vision of Polo For Heart, we are on track to purchase a second MRI
that will transform care at Southlake, leading to early detection and
an early start to treatment."
General admission to Polo For Heart is $15; children under 12 are free.
Anyone interested in taking part can visit www.poloforheart.org for more information. This year for the first time participants can buy
their tickets on line.
SOURCE: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
For further information:
For information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation:
Associate Manager, Public Relations
Heart and Stroke Foundation
416 489 7111 ext 789
For information on the Southlake Regional Health Center:
Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation
905-836-7333 Ext 5114
For information on Polo for Heart and the Toronto Polo Club:
Polo for Heart
416 482 8889