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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