Newport’s polo season will reach its social highlight this summer with the 12th annual International Polo Charity Ball on Friday, August 3 at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue mansions.
Dubbed the Braveheart Ball, the black tie gala will fête guests of honor, the Scottish Polo Team, and celebrate and all things noble and Scottish, especially the bravery of Scottish hero William Wallace, a commoner that united the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.
The evening begins with a reception on the terrace, where guests can indulge in cocktails,
hors d’oeuvres and a fabulous presentation of silent auction items, while overlooking the breathtaking gardens & water views of Rhode Island Sound. A seated gourmet dinner created by Newport's finest caterer, Blackstone. Then dance the night away to live entertainment til the stroke of midnight. Attire: black tie or Scottish Highland Dress.
Gala Dinner Tickets are $200 for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, auction, dinner & dancing from 7:00pm-midnight. Patron Tables of 10 are $1,750 with premium table location, name plate & special decor, and recognition on official event collateral.
Seating is limited.
Cocktail Tickets are also available for dessert, cocktails & dancing from 9:30-midnight at $75/person. Tickets can be purchased online following the BUY TICKETS link below, until they sell out. For more information, please call 401-787-1768 for details.
Must be 21 or older to attend, or accompanied by a parent or guardian. Proof of age may be required.
Hosted by the Newport Polo Club, the evenings’ silent & live auction proceeds will benefit Star Kids Scholarship Program of Rhode Island, to invest in the next generation, one kid at a time. For more info, visit http://www.starkidsprogram.org or call (401) 848-4187.
The gala will take place at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, 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.
The annual summer soiree, now in its twelfth year, attracts Newporters, polo enthusiasts & players from across the US and oversees for a weekend of festivities in the glamorous seaside resort. Festivities continue the following day at the Newport International Polo Series where the featured match is USA vs. Scotland. Tickets to the match can be purchased in advance online, following our Calendar pages to the 8/4 match, or at the entry gates. After the match, our annual Lobsterbake will be the perfect conclusion of the weekend's events. Please check our Events tab for details and reservations.
An account of last season's gala and party pix can be found in 2011 News.