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ABBA ca DABRA Ball, Presented by BD

Guests of Honor: Swedish Polo Team

Time: August 4, 2023 7:00 PM

Location: Marble House 596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

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COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS:  Now that pandemic safety requirements have been mitigated in Rhode Island, this event does not require general indoor masking, Covid test results or Proof of Vaccination.  Any change in safety requirements will be published here.  Newport Polo reserves the right to reinstate safety requirements as necessary, to comply with State safety guidelines and mandates. Review refund policy details below.

2023 TICKET DETAILS: (as noted in the alert at top of webpage - gala tix sales resume on Feb. 1)

  • Patron Tables* - $4,000 - SOLD OUT - Table for 10 guests; located on the Terrace; includes cocktails & hors d’oeuvres starting at 7:00pm, Silent & Live Auction, seated 3-course dinner, open bar & dancing until midnight.  Annual sell-out, limited quantity.  Nameplate & special decor plus recognition in official event collateral. (Up to $250 is tax deductible.)
  • Gala Dinner Tickets* - $400/person - SOLD OUT - Individual ticket includes Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres starting at 7:00pm, Silent & Live Auction, seated 3-course dinner by assigned table; Open Bar & Dancing until midnight.  Annual sell-out. Seating requests with other ticketed guests will be accomodated. (Up to $25 per ticket is tax deductible).
  • Cocktail Tickets* - $160/person - SOLD OUT - From 9:30-midnight include dessert, cocktails & dancing, silent auction. (Up to $25 per ticket is tax deductible).

*To go on sale to the public in December 2022. Please make your selection above from the available OPTIONS shown at top of page.  If the ticket you would like has sold out, please email to be added to the WAIT LIST. Must be 21 or 


Friday Night and the lights are low, looking out for a place to go..thABBA ca DABRA Ball, Presented by BD, a midsummer’s eve celebration on Friday, August 4th, 2023 invites you to fete international guests of honor, the Swedish Polo Team in one of Newport's most illustrious Gilded Age mansions, Marble House, for a celebration of summer like only Norsemen do - where summers are shortest, with all night to celebrate!

"This is the pinnacle of our summer, that many of us look forward to all year,” expressed Dan Keating, gala MC, Polo captain and Club President. “After two consecutive record-setting fundraisers and 22 years with the most lively party goers under one roof, we are excited to assemble for an odyssey with the Swedes for our next mission, and make this event our next success.

Mamma Mia, here we go again...Our MC and Gala Ambassadors will receive nearly 400 generous and fun-loving epicureans 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 a worthy beneficiary serving our community, with the timeliest need of our support.

“BD is proud to support this charitable initiative and give back to the community that we’ve been a part of for over 100 years,” stated Kevin D. Kelly, Worldwide Surgery President, BD.  For over a century, BD’s Surgery Business Unit, with headquarters and design center in Warwick, RI, is advancing the world of health, employing nearly 300 associates to distribute over $1 billion in medical devices globally.  To learn more, visit  

So when you're near me, darling, can't you hear me, S.O.S?...A portion of ticket sales, and all proceeds from the evening's Live & Silent Auction will make an impact where it is needed most. Nominations from potential beneficiaries are still open for consideration by the selection committee.

Take a chance on me...We'll set out to honor the Swedish Polo Team's mythical arctic circle kingdom of islands and lakes in the Land of the Midnight Sun and City of Bridges, dotted with 1000-year old castles from one of the world’s oldest monarchies. Though not by reindeer, we’ll ascend to the northern most reaches of civilization, to one of the highest standards of living in the world, where sleek efficiency and uncomplicated minimalism, unrivaled coffee culture, crystal clear elixirs and culinary delicacies pair with awe-inspiring spectacles of nature and a deep appreciation of animals, horses above all, that have kindled an environmental consciousness and visionary Nobel science, technology, art and architecture.

Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you...The annual gala dress code is black tie formal, corresponding to a novel theme each year. While we don't deny that the fairy tales and mythological spirits of Sweden are absolutely real and traditional to celebrate the midsummer’s Eve - we, my friends will instead turn back the hands of time to clubbing in chic 70’s revival to the era of ABBA in homage to Sweden’s groundspring of iconic music that ranks it Pop Music Capital of the World! Watch for our Fashion Guide to put together your je ne sais quoi, and express your hipster groove and Swedish individualism. 

If I had to do the same again, I would my friend, Fernando...a gala Pre-Party to meet & greet the Guests of Honor, by RSVP, will launch the evening's festivities from a favorite Newport destination, to be announced in the coming weeks, followed by the main event at Marble House for sunset ocean views from the lawn & terrace with enticing hors d'oeuvres, ice bar and specialty themed cocktails and a tantalizing Silent Auction of a few dozen select and highly curated exclusives for dueling bidders. As twilight evokes the garden's aurora hydrandealis, guests will delight in a seated 3-course gourmet dinner presentation on the terrace, and whirlwind Live Auction offering up a quintuplet of the night's premier opportunities. The gilded ballroom will come to life with a live band concert for dancing 'til the stroke of midnight, when valeted departures will lay siege to the Skybar, the night's next destination, Newport's VIP summit atop the iconic Clarke Cooke House. 

Knowing me, knowing you...With Sweden as one of the highest on the happiness index for its strong economy, good education, and excellent healthcare, let's make a lasting, positive impact together on our cherished community.

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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. Sweden polo match.  Then Après Polo, enjoy the Club's Lobsterfest by the legendary McGrath Clambakes for a brilliant conclusion field-side to an extraordinary weekend.  Visit Schedule/Tickets for all upcoming events as they are announced.

About the International Polo Charity Ball:  22 years and counting, Newport Polo's 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.  For Gala Sponsorship opportunities or Auction Donations for the 2023 gala and auction, please direct inquiries to view photos from our most recent charity balls, follow the links to the 2022 Kia Ora Cosmic Ball with the New Zealand Polo Team, 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.

POLICIES: Ticketed guests must be 21 or older to attend the gala (or accompanied by a parent or guardian).  Proof of age may be required. Be sure to provide the best email address, to receive all event details and notifications.  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 5, 2023) sent to:; a handling fee of $15 will be assessed. Newport Polo reserves the right to reinstate Covid safety requirements if necessary, to comply with State safety guidelines and mandates. (Should Covid safety protocols be reinstated, notification will be made by email to ticket purchasers, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the ticket holder to check this page for any posted safety requirements prior to refund deadline, and prior to attending.  Failure to cooperate will result in nonadmission and - inside of 30 days - does not meet refund criteria. By purchasing a ticket, you are assuming compliance with any possible health measures or the risk of nonadmission.  Thank you for your shared responsibility in health safety for the event.

About Marble House:  Marble House, one of America’s finest collection of gilded age mansions located on the famed Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, was completed in 1892 as a summer cottage for Alva and William Vanderbilt. Alva Vanderbilt was a leading hostess in Newport society and envisioned Marble House as her "temple to the arts" in America.  Marble House instantly became the social and architectural landmark of Newport, ushering Newport's transformation to a luxury Gilded Age resort.  Marble House was designed by Richard Morris Hunt in the Beaux Arts style. Inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versaille, Marble House was unparalleled in opulence for an American house including a temple-front portico resembling that of the White House, built at a reported cost of $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Today Marble House is a house museum of the The Preservation Society of Newport County.  

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 31 years, Newport Polo is proud to have helped raise over $1.9 million for nonprofit organizations through its gala auction and benefit matches, Season Program ad sales and ticket donations for the Newport International Polo Series, among other fundraising initiatives.  In 2023, Newport Polo's annual charitable initiatives will also include Season Program Ad Sales Scholarship Fund and 2 charity polo matches - the Annual Rotary Charity Match and All Charity Day whose dates will be announced in January, among other initiatives in the works. For more information, please email