Brazilian Polo Team Fêted at Newport Polo's Sassy Ball Carnaval


Heightening the evening, guests in Carnaval headresses: Billy Shaw, Robyn Holloway, Tom Brace, Mary Lou Cavanaugh,  & Tom Eberhardt

The Samba, the Bossa Nova, petroleum, the cuiro -- and now the Brazilian Polo Team joins the great exports of Brazil! The players came to town to do battle on the polo field with Newport's team and to dance and dine at Ball Carnaval, held at Rosecliff in their honor.


Inspired by the costumes of Rio de Janeiro's  famed Carnaval, an extravagantly wild celebration each February, the costumes at Newport's Ball Carnaval attained new heights, as the guests dressed in bold colors and enormous headdresses.



Bryan Harris & Stacie Mills

Host and hostess Dan and Agnes Keating welcomed guests, and the entire event benefited  Roger Williams Park Zoo. Harvey the Armadillo was among 10 zoo denizens in attendance, (also on hand were a Ball Python, tarantula, frog, porcupine, radiated tortoise, rainbow boa, red tail hawk, sto and tegu), and the dance floor did resemble a Carnaval Samba Club competition.


Live auction items included  a New England Patriots Game and Fan Package, and a Newport Polo Tailgate Party for 15.  The auction brought in thousands for the Zoo.  The silent auction items included fine items for the home, travel, jewelry, and sport and entertainment items.


The music was  not necessarily samba, but swinging, with the band Decades by Design playing during dinner, and beyond.



On the lawn at Rosecliff


Honorary Ambassadors, guests and recognitions were: former First Lady Stephanie Chafee, and Sophie Danforth.  Polo ambassadors were Lynn and  Jonathan Kaye and Brazilian polo team membrs Joao Sampaiio, Marcelo Junquiera Luiz Matarazzo and Ricardo Franco.


Seen were Billy Shaw and Tom Brace, Tom Eberhardt, author Deborah Davis, fresh from a book signing, Brian Cunha and Bekki Scheckler, Mark Urman, Katie de Costa and Dr. Jeremy Goodman, Executive Director of the Roger Williams Park Zoo.


( Editor's note: At the polo field the next day, Newport International Polo bested the Brazilians 6 to 5.)


                                                                        -- L.P.


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Bryan and Desiree Harris arrive


Hostess Agnes Keating withDr. Jeremu Goodman, Director of the  Roger Williams Park Zoo


A dazzling updo on Cheryl


Mark Urman, author Deborah Davis, Tom Eberhardt & Mary Waddington


Allan Tam & John Wigdahl


Brian Routhier & Tony Venetucci


Katie deCosta & Diane Dailey


The elegant silent auction


Kris Griscom was respendent!


Tony Venetucci & Sharon Cameron Lawn

James Leach & Lisa Mauer


 Dashing gentlemen:  Jonathan Kaye with host Dan Keating



Meeting Harvey the Armadillo


Mikki Micarelli & Ron Slingerland


Dan Keating & Kris Griscom


A smashing dress



Brian Cunha, Becky Schenkler, Dan & Agnes Keating


Rosina Hagopian looked elegant


Lucinda Rivera & Geofff Moodie


Claire O'Coin adjusting James Brady's tie


Brazilians  Carlos & Lucia Silvera and son Carlos


A vivid table setting



Newport Seen's Ali Gainor with Patricia & Leo Orsi


The Phantom of the Ball Carnaval Nathan  Garcia


James Joseph & Brazilian team host Peter Jenkins


Decades by Dezyne entertained


Players of the Brazilian Team Janie Amero & Jonathan Willen


Andy Maillet & Ann Murray


Seated for dinner


Couple posing on Rosecliff's grand staircase


Balloon artist Janice Lee Kelly created unique wrist corsages, headdresses and boas to benefit RWPZ



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