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Kia Ora Cosmic Ball, Presented by BD

A Celebration in White

Time: August 5, 2022 7:00 PM

Location: Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport , Rhode Island 02840

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COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS:  Now that pandemic safety requirements have been mitigated in Rhode Island, this event does not require general indoor masking, Covid test results or Proof of Vaccination.  Any change in safety requirements will be published here.  Newport Polo reserves the right to reinstate safety requirements as necessary, to comply with State safety guidelines and mandates. Review refund policy details below.

2022 TICKET DETAILS:

  • Head Table with Jeffrey Osborne $5,000 - (SOLD OUT) Ballroom center (includes your party of 8 for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres starting at 7:00pm, Silent & Live Auction, seated 3-course dinner with Jeffrey Osborne; plus open bar & dancing until midnight. Only 1 available. Nameplate, special decor and sponsorship recognition in official event collateral. ($2,000 is tax deductible; can be increased by 2 additional seats with the purchase of 2 additional Ballroom Dinner tickets.)
  • Patron Tables - $3,500 - (SOLD OUT)  Table for 10 guests; located in Ballroom or Players Club; includes cocktails & hors d’oeuvres starting at 7:00pm, Silent & Live Auction, seated dinner, open bar & dancing until midnight.  Annual sell-out, limited quantity.  Nameplate & special decor plus recognition in official event collateral. ($500 is tax deductible.)
  • Gala Dinner Tickets - $375/person - (avail) Individual ticket (includes cocktails & hors d’oeuvres starting at 7:00pm, Silent & Live Auction, seated dinner (assigned seating at tables in ballroom or players club, depending upon the location indicated on ticket purchased); subject to availability; requests to be seated with other ticketed parties will be accomodated so long as tickets are for same room), open bar & dancing until midnight.  Early-bird offer through Feb 28; annual sell-out. ($50 per ticket is tax deductible).
  • Cocktail Tickets - $150/person - (avail) From 9:30-midnight include dessert, cocktails & dancing, silent auction. ($20 per ticket is tax deductible).

On sale since December 17, 2021, Patron Tables of 10 or individual Dinner Tickets in the Ballroom and adjoining Players Club are offered in each location until the capacity is fulfilled. Choose from the available OPTIONS shown at top of page.  Must be 21 or older.

EVENT DETAILS:

Alight to the Kia Ora Cosmic Ball, Presented by BD on Friday, August 5th, 2022 with Honorary Gala Ambassador, R&B Legend Jeffrey Osborne and international polo guests of honor, the New Zealand polo team, at Newport's famed Rosecliff mansion for a spirited White Party (fashion guide) in honor of the team's celebrated south pacific paradise, known for centuries as the Long White Cloud.  

Our MC and Gala Ambassadors will receive over 400 generous and fun-loving points of light from our polo community to make a red carpet entrance for the annual sell-out black-tie affair, one of the summer's most anticipated social events, to support the mission of the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation. Preview and Bid online on all the Live & Silent Auction exclusives through close, AUG. 5!

Kia Ora, a universal New Zealand greeting from the Maori language, meaning 'have life' or 'be healthy', is the perfect spirit in which to embrace this year's beneficiaries.  A portion of ticket sales, and all proceeds from the evening's Live & Silent Auction will benefit the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation whose mission to keep music and the arts in our public school systems and provide food, shelter, and a safe haven for RI families and children in need by funding the Amos House, St. Mary's Home for Children, Boys & Girls Club of Providence, Button Hole, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School and The Met, and this year will also include the Boys & Girls Club of Newport as a beneficiary of the gala's fundraising. For more information, visit https://www.jeffreyosbornefoundation.org/.

“As the name implies, the stars have aligned and sky’s is the limit,” expressed Dan Keating, gala MC, Polo captain and Club President. “After our hugely successful teamwork last year, we are honored to collaborate with Jeffrey Osborne as Honorary Ambassador, and we are thrilled to name BD as presenting sponsor, helping make this year’s event the best of all time.”  Additional sponsors include Vanderbilt International Properties, Brenton Hotel, Providence Diamond and The Cocktail Guru.

Bungee to 41° South for an aurora of sensations from A to Zealand, drawn from the polynesian archipelago's geographic and celestial wonders, gourmet delicacies, celebrated wines & elixirs, Maori-Euro arts & culture, and a few stars of our own to match the cosmic glow of their southern lights, for a fitting fête of our Kiwi cousins. 

The annual gala dress code is creative black tie, corresponding to a theme each year.  This year, attire calls for White Formal, in homage to the Long White Cloud, 'Aotearoa' as the Maori called New Zealand, whose nimbus cloud corona over its Southern Alps helped early Polynesian navigators as far back as the 13th century to find this distant land mass in Oceania's most remote reaches, where they discovered nothing short of 'God's Own Country' at the crossflow of 3 of the world's 5 great ocean currents. Read the Gala Fashion Forecast.

A gala Pre-Party to meet & greet the guests of honor by RSVP will launch the evening's festivities from a favorite Newport destination, Brenton Hotel, followed by the main event at Rosecliff for sunset ocean views from the terrace with enticing hors d'oeuvres, specialty themed cocktails and a tantalizing Silent Auction of curated exclusives for dueling bidders.  As twilight concedes to the evening's brightest stars, supporters will delight in live entertainment, a seated 3-course gourmet presentation, and whirlwind Live Auction offering up a quintuplet of the night's premier opportunities, in the gilded ballroom and salon.  A 10-piece band will not rest 'til the stroke of midnight, when valeted departures will arc like shooting stars to the Skybar, Newport's VIP stratosphere atop the iconic Clarke Cooke House.

Here is how to greet each other with the expression, Kia Ora!  

 

 

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POLICIES: Ticketed guests must be 21 or older to attend the gala (or accompanied by a parent or guardian).  Proof of age may be required. Be sure to provide the best email address, to receive all event details and notifications.  As per our Terms & Conditions, REFUNDS must be requested in writing by the customer, via email, at least 30 days prior to the ticketed event (by noon on July 6, 2022) sent to: agnes@nptpolo.com; a handling fee of $15 will be assessed. Newport Polo reserves the right to reinstate Covid safety requirements if necessary, to comply with State safety guidelines and mandates. (Should Covid safety protocols be reinstated, notification will be made by email to ticket purchasers, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the ticket holder to check this page for any posted safety requirements prior to refund deadline, and prior to attending.  Failure to cooperate will result in nonadmission and - inside of 30 days - does not meet refund criteria. By purchasing a ticket, you are assuming compliance or the risk of nonadmission.  Thank you for your shared responsibility in keeping this event safe. Find your vaccination records on the Crush Covid RI App.

Newport Polo’s gala has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to support various worthy nonprofit organizations. For Gala Sponsorship opportunities or Auction donations for the 2022 gala and auction, please direct inquiries to agnes@nptpolo.com.

21 years and counting, the International Polo Charity Ball is the social highlight of the summer, when polo players, enthusiasts, and supporters come together for a lively celebration while supporting various charitable organizations. Festivities carry on through the weekend as the international guests of honor take to the polo field on the following afternoon for the USA vs. New Zealand standoff.  Après Polo, enjoy the Club's Lobsterfest by the legendary McGrath Clambakes for a brilliant conclusion field-side to an extraordinary weekend.  Visit the Schedule/Tickets page for all upcoming events.

To view photos from our most recent charity balls, follow the links to 2021's Bon Voyage Ball with the Dominican Republic Polo Team and 2019's Diamonds Are Forever with the South African polo team, and earlier galas chronicled on our website's photo gallery.

About BD:  “BD is proud to support the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and give back to the community that we’ve been a part of for over 100 years,” stated Kevin D. Kelly, Worldwide Surgery President, BD.  For over a century, BD’s Surgery Business Unit, with headquarters and design center in Warwick, RI, is advancing the world of health, employing nearly 300 associates to distribute over $1 billion in medical devices globally.  To learn more, visit www.bd.com.  

About Rosecliff:  Rosecliff is the premier estate amidst America’s finest collection of gilded age mansions. Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. After the house was completed in 1902, at a reported cost of $2.5 million, Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous entertainments here, including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini.

About Newport Polo:  Newport Polo is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America's first polo club, offering exhibition polo and club member services for outdoor & arena polo, and polo instruction. Est. in 1876, charter member of the United States Polo Assoc, and host of the Newport International Polo Series.

Annual Charitable Initiatives:  In its 30 years, Newport Polo is proud to have helped raise over $1.7 million for nonprofit organizations through its gala auction, benefit matches, Season Program ad sales and ticket donations for the Newport International Polo Series, among other fundraising initiatives.  In 2022, Newport Polo's annual charitable initiatives will include Season Program Ad Sales Scholarship Fund and 2 charity polo matches TBA, among other initiatives in the works. For more information, please email agnes@nptpolo.com.