Caramba, La Bamba! at 17th Annual Polo Ball

Tom Eberhardt & Dora Levin

With all the vigor and flash of the young Richie Valens' hit "La Bamba", Decades by Dezyne filled the ballroom of Rosecliff with rhythmic and danceable music and song, as Newport International Polo hosted the Mexican Polo Team for its 17th annual charity ball “Gala la Bamba.”

Team members were fêted first at cocktails at Gurney’s Resort, then traveled to Rosecliff, where vaqueros and senoritas  celebrated in colorful garb.

The laden silent auction table.

Cocktails were served on the porch (Margaritas, anyone?), and the beautifully decorated ballroom hosted dinner and dancing.

Host and Hostess Dan and Agnes Keating were suitably attired, he in a striking gaucho hat, she with a crown of flowers, and guests followed “suit”, wearing colorful, exuberant ensembles.

Gala la Bamba raised over $32,000 for the Newport Opera house, currently under ambitious construction as a premier performing arts center.  Funds from Gala la Bamba, and other donations this year are doubling their impact through a matching grant program.  Silent auction items included getaways, spa items, tailgate food, arts and home decor, entertainment, clothing, experiences and an equine package. The live auction was conducted by Emlen Drayton, and included a luxurious sail, a vacation with country inns in Devon England ,a portrait sitting with William Heydt, and a lifestyle package from Rib & Rhein.


Brenda Nienhouse, Exec. Direct of The Newport Opera House

Seen were Polo Ambassadors  Mary Marwick and Peter Jenkins, Stacie Mills, Liz Drayton, Ann Sweeny, Bekki Schenker and Brian Cunha, Tom Eberhardt, James Leach, and the Mexican team, Michael Gomez de JParada, Jorge Habib, Victor Setien and Ricardo Astudillo.

                                                                     - Linda Phillips


Posters of the sumptuous live auction items


Polo Helmet, anyone?



Liz Mello & Michael Tsandilas


Noelle Shiland &Christon Gibson


Ralph Chartier & John Cratin


Linn Alvarnas &  Bill Rudkin


Host Dan Keating &Deb Fattibene


Paige Elise Nerrie and Tom Williams ponder a bid


Mikki Micarelli & Ron Slingerland


Celebrity mixologist Jonathan Pogash, the "Cocktail Guru" concocts specialty libations with Patrón Spirits on the Rosecliff lawn


Elegant interpretation of the Mexican theme by  Lisa and Andrew Maillot


Felipe Rojas, Ambassadors Peter Jenkins, Mary Marwick , Declan Jenkins & Ailie Rojas


Felipe & Ailie Rojas


Grace Spaulding, Imogen Jenkins & Nicole Atkinson


Gala Ambassador Mohamad Farzan, Helen Johnson, Sajad & CourtneyRaeisinafchi


Hostess Agnes Keating listens to a guest


Liz Rice, Alaina Smalley & Agnes Keating


Paul & Deb Fattibene,  Peter Jenkins


Cesar Nicholas Anquillare, Nora Louise Neergard, James Leach & Angelica Barrows


On the spacious lawn


Desiree Harris & Stacie Mills pretending to warm up for the band


Patricia & Leo Orsi


Tom Brace with Maura & Paul  Hammick


Billy Shaw & Kim Winders




Thomas Ribeiro, Mary Marwick & Erin Ribeiro


Bekki Schenker, Brian Cunha, Heather DeLeone & Kerri Renefano




Philip Baus & Domenica Alban


Members of the Mexican Polo Team


The Mexican team with their queridas


Bill Rines, Jack Keating, and  Mary & Gordon Stevenson

Decades by Dezyne take the floor




A very special table for "Cool and the Gang"!

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