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Opera House Theater Names Ambassadors to Gala la Bamba

Date:    Saturday, April 8, 2017

Nearly two-thirds sold out already, Gala la Bamba, is shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated summer events in Newport.  Ambassadors representing this year's beneficiary, the Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center, are Mohamad and Dorienne Farzan.

Mohamad and Dorienne are co-founders of NewPort Architecture, the firm leading the design and restoration of the Opera House Theater in Newport.  Both have been practicing for 25 years, with a focus on historic preservation, earning numerous awards for their work.  In addition to their successful practice in Newport, Mohamad and Dorienne have become leading members of the community, spending countless volunteer hours to support organizations like Sail Newport, the Newport Rotary Club, the Newport Restoration Foundation, the Newport Historical Society, and the American Institute of Architects.  "Being able to attend a polo match during the day and a concert at the beautiful Opera House Theater at night is what Newport is all about," adds Dorienne.  We are honored to be the Opera House Theater's Ambassadors for this extraordinary event, and look forward to joining our co-Ambassadors from Newport Polo to extend an invitation to all to come join us on August 4th at Rosecliff for "Gala la Bamba" and to bid on the exciting selection of auction items to help support the restoration of Newport's historic Opera House Theater."

Newport’s polo season will reach its social highlight this summer with Gala la Bamba, the Newport Polo Club's 17th annual International Polo Charity Ball on Friday, August 4 at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue mansions.  The annual black-tie gala will fête guests of honor, the Mexican Polo Team, with a bold, latin theme to inspire its menu, decor, music and couture for an evening of fun and generous support for the Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center, one of the ten oldest opera houses in America, undergoing historic restoration to return the 700 seat venue in Newport's Washington Square to its original use as a center for live theater, music, and performing arts education. More about the Opera House Theater.

The black-tie gala is an annual sell-out event, drawing nearly 400 attendees for an evening that will begin with a pre-gala Cocktail Meet & Greet with the Mexican Team, at the new Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, then on to Rosecliff for a reception on the terrace, where guests can contend for enticing Silent Auction items, and enjoy cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, overlooking breathtaking garden & water views of Rhode Island Sound.  A seated gourmet dinner created by Blackstone Caterers will be presented in the gilded ballroom and salon.  Dance the night away to live entertainment 'til the stroke of midnight. The odyssey's finale ascends to the Skybar atop Clarke Cooke House for a last dance.

Ballroom seating is already sold out.  An early-bird rate remains in effect, for Salon seating only, through June 15 or until seats sell out.  Reservations.

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 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

The celebration continues the following day at the Newport International Polo Series where the featured match is USA vs. Mexico on Aug. 5, concluding with an authentic New England Lobsterbake.  Tickets to the polo match and Lobsterbake can be purchased online.