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Kia Ora Cosmic Ball

A Celebration in White

Time: August 5, 2022 7:00 PM

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

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Patron Table - Salon Seating


Dinner Ticket - Earlybird Salon Seating


Cocktail Ticket


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COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS will be in effect.  While it is impossible to forecast any necessary changes to this plan, our current Covid safety requirement mandates Proof of Full Vaccination. Failure to meet Covid safety protocols will result in nonadmission and does not meet refund criteria. By purchasing a ticket, you are assuming compliance or the risk of nonadmission.  Thank you for your shared responsibility in keeping this event safe. (Find your vaccination records on the Crush Covid RI App)


  • Head Table with Jeffrey Osborne $5,000Ballroom center (includes your party of 8 for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres starting at 7:00pm, Silent & Live Auction, seated 3-course dinner with Jeffrey Osborne; plus open bar & dancing until midnight. Only 1 available. Nameplate, special decor and sponsorship recognition in official event collateral. ($2,000 is tax deductible; can be increased by 2 additional seats with the purchase of 2 additional Ballroom Dinner tickets.)
  • Patron Tables - $3,500 - Table for 10 guests; located in Ballroom or Salon; includes cocktails & hors d’oeuvres starting at 7:00pm, Silent & Live Auction, seated dinner, open bar & dancing until midnight.  Annual sell-out, limited quantity.  Premier table location, nameplate & special decor and recognition in official event collateral. ($500 is tax deductible.)
  • Gala Dinner Tickets - $350/person (earlybird while they last, or through February); $375/person full price - Individual ticket (includes cocktails & hors d’oeuvres starting at 7:00pm, Silent & Live Auction, seated dinner (assigned seating in ballroom or salon, subject to availability), open bar & dancing until midnight.  Early-bird offer through Feb 28; annual sell-out. ($50 per ticket is tax deductible).
  • Cocktail Tickets - $140/person - from 9:30-midnight include dessert, cocktails & dancing, silent auction. ($20 per ticket is tax deductible).

 On sale since December 17, 2021, Patron Tables or individual Dinner Tickets in the Ballroom & Salon are offered until the capacity is reached, and not interchangeable. Must be 21 or older.


Alight to the Kia Ora Cosmic Ball on Friday, August 5th, 2022 with Honorary Gala Ambassador, R&B Legend Jeffrey Osborne and international polo guests of honor, the New Zealand polo team, at Newport's famed Rosecliff mansion for a spirited White Party in honor of the team's celebrated south pacific paradise, known for centuries as the Long White Cloud.  

Our MC and Gala Ambassadors will receive over 400 generous and fun-loving points of light from our polo community to make a red carpet entrance for the annual sell-out black-tie affair, one of the summer's most anticipated social events, to support the mission of the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation

Kia Ora, a universal New Zealand greeting from the Maori language, meaning 'have life' or 'be healthy', is the perfect spirit in which to embrace this year's beneficiaries.  A portion of ticket sales, and all proceeds from the evening's Live & Silent Auction will benefit the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation whose mission to keep music and the arts in our public school systems and provide food, shelter, and a safe haven for RI families and children in need by funding the Amos House, St. Mary's Home for Children, Boys & Girls Club of Providence, Button Hole, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School and The Met, and this year will also include the Boys & Girls Club of Newport as a beneficiary of the gala's fundraising. For more information, visit

Bungee to 41° South for an aurora of sensations from A to Zealand, drawn from the polynesian archipelago's geographic and celestial wonders, gourmet delicacies, celebrated wines & elixirs, Maori-Euro arts & culture, and a few stars of our own to match the cosmic glow of their southern lights, for a fitting fête of our Kiwi cousins. 

Attire calls for White Formal, in homage to the Long White Cloud, 'Aotearoa' as the Maori called New Zealand, whose nimbus corona over its Southern Alps helped early Polynesian navigators as early as the 13th century to find this distant land mass in Oceania's most remote reaches, where they discovered 'God's Own Country' at the crossflow of 3 of the world's 5 great ocean currents. 

A gala pre-party to meet & greet the guests of honor is in the works to launch the evening's festivities from a favorite Newport destination, followed by the main event at Rosecliff for sunset ocean views from the terrace with enticing hors d'oeuvres, specialty themed cocktails and a tantalizing Silent Auction of curated exclusives for dueling bidders.  As twilight concedes to the evening's brightest stars, supporters will delight in live entertainment, a seated 3-course gourmet presentation, and whirlwind Live Auction offering up a quintuplet of the night's premier opportunities, in the gilded ballroom and salon.  A 10-piece band will not rest 'til the stroke of midnight, when valeted departures will arc like shooting stars to the Skybar, Newport's VIP stratosphere atop the iconic Clarke Cooke House.

Here is how to greet each other with the expression, Kia Ora!  



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Ticketed guests must be 21 or older to attend the gala (or accompanied by a parent or guardian).  Proof of age may be required. As per our Terms & Conditions, refunds must be requested in writing by the customer, via email, at least 30 days prior to the ticketed event (by noon on July 6, 2022) sent to:; a handling fee of $15 will be assessed.

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 2022 gala and auction, please direct inquiries to

21 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 polo field on the following afternoon for the USA vs. New Zealand standoff. Our annual New England Lobster Boil, expertly prepared by the masters from McGrath Clambakes, brings a brilliant conclusion to an extraordinary weekend.  Visit the Schedule/Tickets page for all upcoming events.

To view photos from our most recent charity balls, follow the links to 2021's Bon Voyage Ball with the Dominican Republic Polo Team and 2019's Diamonds Are Forever with the South African polo team, and earlier galas chronicled on our website's photo gallery.

About Rosecliff:  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.

About Newport Polo:  Newport Polo is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America's first polo club, offering exhibition polo and club member services for outdoor & arena polo, and polo instruction. Est. in 1876, charter member of the United States Polo Assoc, and host of the Newport International Polo Series.

Annual Charitable Initiatives:  In its 30 years, Newport Polo is proud to have helped raise over $1.5 million for nonprofit organizations through its gala auction, benefit matches, Season Program ad sales and ticket donations for the Newport International Polo Series, among other fundraising initiatives.  In 2022, Newport Polo's annual charitable initiatives will include Season Program Ad Sales Scholarship Fund and 2 charity polo matches TBA, among other initiatives in the works. For more information, please email