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2022 Year In Review

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022

2022 arrived full of promise as the year started with breathtaking response to the Kia Ora Cosmic Ball (see 2022 Fundraising Benchmarks) and growing enthusiasm from fans who carefully laid their plans to embrace of summer of polo while plumbing the depths of winter.  Too soon after, we wished fair winds and following seas to Newport Polo's trusted consuliere since 1991 and inductee to our Hall of Fame, CMDR J.B. Leavitt. Still, season 31 was rising fast on the horizon and required a dedicated focus, buoyed by energetic players ready to dive headlong into spring training.  Our returning team of event day pros was matched by excitement of newcomers to support behind-the-scenes productions of the Newport International Polo Series. Colombia's opening day heralded an auspicious start to what became a record-setting season marked by a classic shining New England summer, perfect for fun in the sun.

2022 Fundraising Benchmarks

Newport Polo's annual charitable fundraising efforts reached an all-time high thanks to record-setting results across its collected initiatives.  Wide-ranging community benefits reached across Rhode Island and beyond, providing aid for disadvantaged children and families, enriching lives through community music, arts, and educational programs, supporting veterans, animal welfare, medical advancements, and more.

The Newport International Polo Series 28th edition of its official Season Program found robust support from nearly 70 advertisers, mostly local businesses.  The annual publication is produced in partnership with Newport This Week and the Rotary Club of Newport which has received 100% of ad sales revenue since 1995 to fund its charitable initiatives.  Current Rotary initiatives include fundraising for Newport's Women's Resource Center to aid women and families escaping domestic abuse, and annual scholarships for local students.  Season program ad revenue was combined with ticket sales for the annual Rotary Benefit Match to provide the club's primary source of funding for its philanthropic efforts.

Newport Polo's 21st annual International Polo Charity Ball took off like a rocket to the moon as enthusiasm reached an all-time high with the Ballroom at capacity less than 24 hours after tickets went on sale.  The star-studded affair welcomed returning beneficiary, The Jeffrey Osborne Foundation, and Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, and celebrated the New Zealand Polo Team, embracing its culture, cuisine, and those famous southern lights for the Kia Ora Cosmic Ball, presented by BD.  Fervent bidding on silent and live auction gems, combined with attendee monetary pledges, and a donated portion of ticket sales revenue topped all previous Polo Ball fundraising records to surpass $125,000.  The money raised will directly benefit Rhode Islanders by funding programs that keep music and the arts in schools, and provide families in need with basic necessities including food and shelter.

Also topping the charts, Newport Polo's 6th annual All Charity Day broke its past records to include participation by 25 civic and charitable non-profit organizations whose collective fundraising surpassed $34,000.  The previous record was set in 2018 when fundraising surpassed $22K by 24 participating non-profits.  Born in Newport Polo's silver jubilee year (2016), the consolidated All Charity Day event allows Newport Polo to extend fundraising benefits to more participants and adds to the enjoyment of the day with a full venue and festive atmosphere that abounds for the Newport International Polo Series exhibitions. Details and registration for the upcoming year are announced annually in January in Newport Polo's Digital Magazine.

2022 Newport International Polo Series Milestones

Colombia debuted as 36th nation to compete in the Polo Series with its June 4th debut.

BD Field christened.

Modern Luxury Lounge reimagined in Après Polo experience.

3rd Turkish Airlines Grand Prize awarded during the Finals.

Visit Jamaica and Couples Resorts door prize awarded a 4-day escape.

PBS Profiled Announcer William Crisp.

Ireland returned after 2-year hiatus.

Providence Diamond commissioned Reed & Barton player trophies.

Stella Artois Best in Show bestowed 17 prizes for weekly theme parties.

Pro Shop expanded signature collection with hundreds of new items.

Pavilion tented its Upper Deck.

USPA Pro officiated summer games..

120+ entries flooded Name Our New Pony.

XOXO Polo Love Contest awarded pair of Season Passes.

MVP Day at Polo awarded in March Madness Cover Contest.

Vote For Joy contest awarded Cocoa & Co. portrait session.

Jeffrey Osborne reprises performance during USA vs. New Zealand.

Other Accomplishments

Gastronomic World Tour expanded service times.

17 weekly Door Prizes raffled from Veuve Clicquot, Santa Margherita, Visit Jamaica, Whispering Angel, and others.

Herb Chambers Exotics Village III showcased rare brands, largest Lambo rally.

Santa Margherita wine tastings popped-up.

Hosted 100+ Polo Parties from family & social gatherings to wedding celebrations and corporate socials.

newportFILM Picnic Contest & 12th movie night, screening Sheryl.

Hosted the 6th Battle of the Sexes, 13th Battle of the Ages, and 6th Pro-Am.

Upgraded Field Marshal golf carts for better mobility and added Main Gate Security Marshal.

New restroom trailer for the Tailgates and additional units added to each restroom location.

Polo Club Highlights

7 Teams entered USPA Northeast Circuit Congressional Cup for an exciting 2-week tournament featured during the Newport International Polo Series.

Organized 5 arena polo tournaments, including regional United States Polo Association events, the Northeast Circuit Constitution Cup, and Northeast Circuit Women's Arena Challenge.

Supported the most number of active players out of 40 Northeastern polo clubs.

Taught 140+ teen and adult polo lessons.

Graduated the 11th class of players from the annual summer Coaching League.

Hardwired arena scoreboard for improved performance.

First-ever clean sweep of individual achievement awards by Touba Ghadessi and nominated second Rookie of the Year at annual Club Awards.

2022 International Polo Sponsors

The Newport International Polo Series salutes its 2022 sponsors including Brenton HotelBDTD BankTurkish AirlinesModern Luxury BostonHerb Chambers ExoticsVanderbilt International PropertiesHotel Viking, Santa Margherita Wines, Providence DiamondVeuve ClicquotClarke Cooke House, Atria Senior Living, US Polo AssociationStella ArtoisVisit JamaicaGoslingsROCKSTAR Limo, and Classical 95.9 WCRI; and promotional partners including Newport Hinckley Charters, On Watch SailingNewport Helicopter ToursThe Cocktail GuruNewport Jaguar ToursInternational Tennis Hall of FameNewport Mansions, Newport ClassicalIsland Surf and Sport, Newport Picnic Co., Northeast Equestrian Life and Audrain Automobile Museum.

“Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder.