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Gala la Bamba

August 4, 2017

Time: August 4, 2017 7:00 PM

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

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  • Gala Dinner Tickets (SOLD OUT) Individual ticket from 7:00pm-midnight include cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, auction, seated dinner (assigned seating), after-dinner libations & dancing.  Early-bird price until June 15, will sell out before then.
  • Patron Tables (SOLD OUT) for 10 guests from 7:00pm-midnight include cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, auction, seated dinner (assigned seating), after-dinner libations & dancing.  Limited quantity.  Premium table location in the Salon, name plate & special decor and recognition in official event collateral. 
  • Cocktail Tickets (SOLD OUT) from 9:30-midnight include dessert, cocktails & dancing. 

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, the 17th annual International Polo Charity Ball, Gala la Bamba, hosted by the Newport Polo Club on Friday, August 4, 2017, at Rosecliff, one of Newport's famed Bellevue Avenue mansions. 

Hosted by Newport Polo, the annual sell-out event draws nearly 400 generous and fun-loving attendees to make a red carpet entrance in bold Latin black tie adaptation for a night inspired by Latin culture from iconic couture fashion, dancing to lively rhythms, exquisite gourmet cuisine & mixology and heart-warming philanthropy, welcoming international guests of honor, the Mexican Polo Team, and supporting the 2017 beneficiary, the Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center on Washington Square in Newport.

The much anticipated evening will begin with a pre-gala Cocktail Meet & Greet with the Mexican Polo Team, at Newport's newest waterfront destination, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, then on to the main event the famed Rosecliff mansion, where an enchanting panorama of gardens and twilight ocean views will be eclipsed by enticing hors d'oeuvres, specialty themed cocktails, 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 where live musical entertainment will set the tone, and a whirlwind Live Auction will offer up the night's crown jewels.  Under the spell of the orchestra, desserts and dancing will ensue til the stroke of midnight.

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Plan your Newport stay at the Official Gala la Bamba Hotel and Mexican Team Headquarters, Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, for sea-side luxury accommodations at Newport's newest waterfront destination.  The newly renovated hotel & marina is situated on private Goat Island, surrounded by the picturesque Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.  A beautiful retreat awaits, with a full-service spa, unmatched amenities, and exciting dining options.  The convenient downtown location provides easy access to Newport's landmark attractions and bustling social scene.  Be the first to experience Montauk's iconic Gurney's Resort in its newest destination, on the shores of Newport.  Located at 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI.  Reservations: 401.851.3366 or www.gurneysresorts.com/newport

This final year of fundraising for matching funds is crucial for the 2018 grand reopening of the Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center in the heart of Newport. The restoration and revitalization of the historic theater will bring year-round performing arts to downtown Newport – dance, music, theater, comedy, speakers, education, children’s matinees and much more – and restore an architectural treasure in historic Washington Square. It will create year-round jobs and renewed vitality to our community’s historic arts hub in downtown. Most importantly,

"This priority project will have an enormously positive impact upon Newport and the region by serving as an economic driver, an educational catalyst, and cultural asset to our city and the region," announced the Gala Committee. "earning our support again this year, for their homestretch."

17 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.

To view a gallery of photos from last year's Bal du Soleil with the French Polo Team, check out the photo gallery, or the previous year's Ball Carnaval with the Brazilian Polo Team. 

2017 Charitable Initiatives

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 2017 gala and auction, please direct inquiries to agnes@nptpolo.com. 

Newport Polo will host additional charitable initiatives in 2017, including two Charity Benefit Matches on 5/27 and 7/16, offering fundraising opportunities to participating 501-c-3 organizations. For more information, please email agnes@nptpolo.com.

In its past 26 years, Newport Polo is proud to have helped raise over $1,285,500 for nonprofit organizations through donations, benefit matches, and other fundraising efforts.