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Taj Ma Ball Scores A Hit for Opera House

Date: Friday, July 31, 2009

It was East meets West, as many of the guests sported authentic saris and Indian formal attire for the 9th annual International Polo Ball, themed Taj Ma Ball, at Newport's Rosecliff. The event was honored by the presence of Raghev Raj Singh, 8th Maharaj Sahib of Shivrati and his fellow teammates who competed the following day in the Newport International Polo Series featuring USA vs. India.

Among the exuberant guests were Stacie Mills, who chaired the successful silent & live auctions to benefit the Newport Performing Arts Center. Others in the crowd included Baroness Calvet de Madillon, polo player Raj Jain and wife Arpana Jain, talking and bidding on silent auction items, which included a number of vintage 78 rpm recordings and music memorabilia. Captain Michael Waters wore his kilt, and Jasnina Bakir and Laurie Consoli sported gorgeous, nearly backless gowns. 

The Polo Ball raised over $16,000 to benefit the restoration of Newport's historic Opera House into the city’s future live theatre and performing arts venue.

Dining on gourmet Indian fare, the more than 200 guests participated in a competitive live auction led by auctioneer Kathy Kingston, for a vintage wine collection, an elephant polo adventure in Nepal and safari in South Africa, luxury getaways to Tuscany or Grenada and a cocktail reading by 'Gilded' author Deborah Davis. 

Newport Seen spotted Colonel Brian and Elizabeth Rogers, John and Jae French, Sarah Peppercorn Janes, Brenda Smith and Barbara Nestingen, Mark Urman and his wife, author Deborah Davis, and Jonathan and Marcella Baggot among the revelers.  

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