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Polo Gala Unveiled, French Riviera Glam

Bal du Soleil to Support newportFILM

Date:    Monday, March 21, 2016

Haute couture, grande cuisine & French Riviera glam are the inspirations for Bal du Soleil, the social climax of the polo season on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, with the French Polo Team to support newportFILM at Rosecliff, 

Hosted by Newport Polo, the annual sell-out event draws nearly 400 generous and fun-loving attendees to make a red carpet entrance inspired by the film festivals and allure of France’s famed Riviera, for a night of exquisite gourmet cuisine, dancing and heart-warming philanthropy, to welcome international guests of honor, the French Polo Team, and support the 2016 beneficiary, newportFilm in the posh setting of Rosecliff, Newport's most-filmed Bellevue Avenue mansion.

newportFilm is 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. 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. 

"This worthy organization connects our community to the world around us and inspires us to rise above ourselves," announced the Gala Committee.  "Enriching our quality of life through works of art from the silver screen has earned our support in our Silver Jubilee year."

Tickets are now available for the popular event that will begin with a pre-gala Cocktail Meet & Greet with the French Team at the chic Forty 1° North, 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 by Sotheby's auctioneer, who will offer 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.

Official Gala Hotel and French team headquarters, Forty 1° North, is 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.

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.

16 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. 6 at 5pm. The match concludes with an authentic New England Lobsterbake prepared by legendary bake masters from McGrath’s Clambakes. 

Sign up to a private & secure guest list to receive event updates by email. View a gallery of photos from last year's Ball Carnaval with the Brazilian Polo Team, or the previous year's Safari Ball with the Kenyan Polo Team.  

2016 Charitable Initiatives

Newport Polo’s gala has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to support nonprofit organizations.  Sponsors and donors for the 2016 gala and auction are also welcome to inquire via email to agnes@nptpolo.com

Newport Polo will soon announce its additional charitable initiatives for the 2016 Jubilee year, with fundraising opportunities for 501-c-3 organizations this year. For more information, please email agnes@nptpolo.com.