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Time: August 5, 2016 7:00 PM
Location: Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport , Rhode Island 02840
Must be 21 or older to attend, or accompanied by a parent or guardian. Proof of age may be required.
Newport’s polo season will reach its social climax this summer with Bal du Soleil, the 16th annual International Polo Charity Ball hosted by the Newport Polo Club, on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue mansions.
Generous and fun-loving attendees will make a red carpet entrance in black tie & evening gowns inspired by French Riviera glamour for a night of exquisite gourmet cuisine, dancing to a band worthy of ovations, and heart-warming philanthropy, to welcome our international guests of honor, the French Polo Team, and support our 2016 beneficiary, NewportFilm.
The sell-out event draws nearly 400 attendees for an evening that will begin with a pre-gala Cocktail Meet & Greet with the French Team at the chic Forty 1° North, where the team will be headquartered, then on to Rosecliff for a reception on the terrace, where an enchanting panorama of gardens and twilight ocean views will be ecclipsed by enticing hors d'oeuvres, specialty cocktails with a French twist, created by the Cocktail Guru, and highly anticipated Silent Auction display in which a carefully curated collection of unique items and exclusive opportunities will be offered for the highest bidder. Guests will adjourn for a seated gourmet dinner in the gilded ballroom where live musical entertainment will set the tone, and a whirlwind Live Auction wizarded by Sotheby's auctioneer, will offer up the night's crown jewels. Under the spell of the orchestra, desserts and dancing will ensue til the stroke of midnight . The odyssey's finale ascends to the Skybar atop Clarke Cooke House for a last dance.
The 2016 beneficiary is the dynamic newportFILM. a year-round documentary film series that brings powerful messages and engaging experiences to the Newport community. Films screened at unique locations across Aquidneck Island are curated from festivals around the world and represent the work of established and emerging filmmakers. This worthy organization connects our community to the world around us and inspires us to rise above ourselves. Harnessing the power of film to inspire, motivate, entertain and create change, newportFILM presents year–round programming and dialogue on the issues that matter in our lives. More about newportFilm.
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For lodging, please visit our Official Gala Hotel, Forty 1° North, Newport's newest waterfront destination, state-of-the-art Hotel and Marina, for beautifully appointed lodgings, extraordinary service, exciting restaurants and chic lounges - everything you'd expect in a world class resort. Ranked #9 Best Hotels in the Northeast by Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards. Located at 351 Thames Street, Newport, 401-846-8018.
16 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 field on the following day to challenge USA. Our annual New England Lobsterbake brings a brilliant conclusion to an extraordinary weekend. Visit the Schedule and Tickets page for all upcoming events.