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Gala la Bamba to Benefit Opera House

Date:    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Iconic couture, lively rhythms, and inventive cuisine are hallmarks of Latin cultural inspiration for Gala la Bamba, the social climax of the polo season on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at Rosecliff with guests of honor, the Mexican Polo Team, to support renovations for the reopening of Newport’s historic Opera House. 

Hosted by Newport Polo, the annual sell-out event draws nearly 400 generous and fun-loving attendees to make a red carpet entrance in bold Latin black tie adaptation for a night of exquisite gourmet creations, dancing and heart-warming philanthropy, to welcome international guests of honor, the Mexican Polo Team, and support the 2017 beneficiary, the Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center on Washington Square in Newport.

"The Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center is so honored to have been chosen as the beneficiary of this year's International Polo Charity Ball Auction,” states Alison Vareika, Chair, Opera House Theater Board of Directors.  “We truly appreciate the spirit and style in which Newport Polo enriches the international and local community with its exciting polo matches and culturally inspired events throughout the season.  We thank you for supporting the mission of the Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center, and for recognizing the value that this restored historic theater, with its dynamic program of year-round live performances, will bring to the greater Newport community and its visitors." 

Gala Tickets are available ONLINE only, while supplies last, for the popular event that will begin with a pre-gala Cocktail Meet & Greet with the Mexican Polo Team, then on to Rosecliff for the main event that includes a reception with hors d'oeuvres and specialty cocktails created by the Cocktail Guru, a highly anticipated Silent Auction in which a carefully curated collection of unique items & exclusive opportunities will be offered for the highest bidder, a seated gourmet dinner in the gilded ballroom and whirlwind Live Auction offering up the night's crown jewels, then dancing to a live orchestra until the stroke of midnight.  The odyssey's finale ascends to the Skybar atop Clarke Cooke House for a last dance.

The mission of the restored Opera House Theater is to provide the Greater Newport Area with a unique, sustainable community asset that will be a lively center for culture, arts, education and civic interaction, while contributing to the economy of the city and region.  More about the Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center

Plan your Newport stay at the Official Gala la Bamba Hotel and Mexican Team Headquarters, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, for sea-side luxury accommodations at Newport's newest waterfront destination.  The newly renovated hotel & marina is situated on private Goat Island, surrounded by the picturesque Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.  A beautiful retreat awaits, with full-service spa, unmatched amenities, and exciting dining options.  The convenient downtown location provides easy access to Newport's landmark attractions and bustling social scene.  Be the first to experience Montauk's iconic Gurney's Resort in its newest destination, on the shores of Newport.  Located at 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI.  Reservations: 401.851.3366 or www.gurneysresorts.com/newport

17 years and counting, the International Polo Charity Ball is the social highlight of the polo season.  The weekend’s festivities continue the next day when the international guests of honor take to the polo field to compete against USA in the Newport International Polo Series on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 5pm.  The match concludes with an authentic New England Lobsterbake prepared by legendary bake masters from McGrath’s Clambakes.  For all upcoming events, visit www.nptpolo.com.

Sign up to a private & secure emailing to receive event updates.  To view a gallery of photos from last year's Bal du Soleil with the French Polo Team, view our Facebook Album, or previous galas albums published in galleries. 

Newport Polo’s gala has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to support nonprofit organizations.  For Sponsorship or Auction donations for the 2017 gala and auction, please direct inquiries to agnes@nptpolo.com

2017 Charitable Initiatives

Newport Polo will host additional charitable initiatives in 2017, including the annual Rotary Benefit Match and an All Charity Day polo match offering fundraising opportunities to participating 501-c-3 organizations. For more information, please email agnes@nptpolo.com.  Since its inception, Newport Polo has helped raise over $1,285,500 for civic and charitable causes.