Polo Ball Goes "Down Under", Celebrates "Surfing Safari"

 

Newport Polo Captain Dan Keating, Mike Short,

Jamie Masterson, Gail Short & Dave Masterson

"G’day, mate!" 

 

The energetic, exuberant players of the Australian polo team were the honored guests at the International Polo Foundation’s 10th annual Charity Ball, hosted at Newport, RI's Marble House this August. The theme this year was “Surfing Safari,” which found guests dressing in an astonishing assortment of styles – some formal, some funky, all vibrant and colorful. None brought surfboards, however!

Buffalo artist Mark Griffis with Newport Polo players

Jonathan Kaye and Dan Keating


The weather that night complied beautifully (save for a few stray gusts of wind early on, which mischievously knocked over a couple of surfboards on display and a few framed posters at the silent auction); as a glowing pink sunset lit up the water behind the Chinese Tea House, the view from Marble House’s elegant terrace never looked better.


Agnes and Dan Keating, event co-chairs and founders of the Newport International Polo Series, were on hand to welcome guests to a cocktail hour (and a half) with hors d’oeuvres featuring passed egg rolls, lamb chops, and jumbo shrimp, while a few members of the Mac Chrupcala Orchestra played low-key music on the lawn. Guests, including player Brooke Still,  cricket bowler James Langston, Captain of the Australian team Chris Howard, and Newport's Jim Garner were invited to bid at an extensive silent auction including a vast array of signed sports and celebrity memorabilia, “excursions & events,” and art.

 

Patty Griffis & Agnes Keating

Auction proceeds went to benefit 2010’s charity of choice: Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is “to honor and empower wounded warriors” from our armed services. Several guests meandered over to see the Tea House up close, only to find themselves serenaded by a man playing an enormous didgeridoo – a low, bellowing instrument from indigenous Australia, accompanied by a violinist


Dinner and a live auction followed beneath a large tent on the terrace, starting with a few words from Auction Committee Chairman Dave Carrington and Dan Keating. The auctioneer was none other than John Rooke, the “voice” of the New England Patriots, who led a boisterous bidding session on prizes such as a pro sports “Owner’s Box Getaway” and a South African photo safari for two.

Rosemarie Polles & Jean Ahmad, back to back!


9:30 p.m.  found a new crop of chic young things arriving for the “after-hours” dancing and dessert portion of the evening. Things really started to heat up as the full Mac Chrupcala Orchestra played sizzling rock, disco, Motown, and pop hits from the past several decades. The dance floor was on fire
as the Australian boys showed everyone up with their dance moves.
Despite (or perhaps, thanks to?) their energetic evening, the Australian team’s on-field prowess won them the polo season championship match the following afternoon. Better put another shrimp on the barbie!

 

Michael Rokos, Kara Malkovich, & Gene Michael

Addis

In the match on the following Saturday, the Aussies bested the Newport team 12 to 6  in a spirited, exciting match cheered on by spectators.  The traditional post-game gallop around the field, with the slapping of spectator hands occurred, with a  fabulous  Lobster Bake by McGrath Clambakes following as the culmination of a lively and spirited weekend.

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                              --Amanda M. Grosvenor

 

 

 

Courtenay Eversole & Patrick Noonan smile

for Newport Seen

 

A signed Yankee poster elicited high bids

 

The wayward wind!  Broken glass...

 

Steve Fielding with Christine MacDonald

 

Mark Urman, "Gilded" author Deborah Davis & Gene

Michael Addis

 

Dave Carrington in his martini jacket, with

Jim Garner, of the Newport polo team

 

Chris Hannon with stylish boots

 

Brooke Pastore Still with cricketer

James Langston & Heidi Jones

 

Captain of the Australian team Angus Campbell

& Annamarie Ringheim

 

Mac Chrupcala Trio played on the terrace

 

Captain Mike Waters in traditional garb

 

The Surfin' Safari truck, with boards

 

Kara Malkovich, Jane Delamare, Jennifer Paolino

& Chase Hogoboom
 

 

Marble House terrace at dusk

 

Mikki Micarelli & Jean DiBona

 

The sea was calm...

 

The vivid lawn vignette

 

Heather Savoie, the peripatetic James Leach,

&  Madeleine Savoie

 

 

Natlia Shubitidze & Laura Zaporojan

 

James Langston & Brooke Pastore Still

 

Alessandra & Kurt Dolnier

look elegant

 


 

Newport Polo Team Member

Wayne Grover & Christie Cheshire

 

Buffalo artist Mark Griffis with Dan Keating

& Pierre Merle

 

Sara Abbotts (in vintage Chanel), with fiance

Christopher Szécsényi

 

Sophie Plowright, Patrick Jardon, Agnes Keating

 

The Trio!

 

Merri Russo & Ron Dimauro pose

 

Bruce DiPietro, Bob Chell & Allen Hodges

 

Frank and Diane Saia on the lawn at dusk

 

Scott Mawhinney, Andrina Placks & artist

John McGowan

 

Mike Short, Shane McLaughlin (Australian polo team),

Dave Masterson& team captain Angus Campbell

 

Liz & Allen Highley

 

Newport Polo player Jim Stanton with his wife Tiffany &

player Kathleen Reagan and husband Ian Fyfe
 

 

Newport Polo commentator and former English

polo player William Crisp

 

Christina & Annelisa Gee

 

Festive table setting

 

Chase Hogoboom & Jennifer Paolino

 

Night falls at the Chinese Tea House

 

Didgeridoo player David Brown with Pierre Merle & Dan

Keating

 

Australian music at the Tea House!

 

Regarding the starry night

 

Kara Malkovich, Kathy Merrill, Mike Tillett &

Stacie Mills

 

Ed Iannone & Roberta Portugal

 

Annelisa Gee, Pamel O'Connor, Christina Gee,

& Newport Seen's Amanda Grosvenor

 

Erica Sousa enters a bid

 

Seated for dinner

 

Dan Keating welcoming guests

 

...and introducing speakers

 

Tom Eberhardt & Bruce DiPietro

 

The after party: Steven Schwimmer &

Yixiu Zheng-Schwimmer

 

Ellen Kerzer, Deborah Zaki, Caroline Plamondon

 

Belles Alexandra RiceViens, Victoria Melllo,

Heather Rasulis

 

The band heats up the dance floor!

 

Dance floor crowded with dancers

 

Kristine & Sean Bagley

 

Amanda Grosvenor, Whitney Catanio,

& Erin Harrington

 

Spirited play the next afternoon in the

Newport International Polo Series at Glen Farm
 

 

The post-match hand slapping

 

Tailgaters reliving the plays!

 

Jim Garner watched

 

Captain Angus Campbell (c) & with Philly friends

Jamie and Dave Masterson

 

The players. Angus Campbell, Jonathan Kaye, Chris Hannon;

Shane McLaughlin and Lachlan Graham relaxed with beers

 

Agnes Keating in Missoni, with Christopher Still

 

Captain Dan Keating

 

Andrina Placks in a sassy dress at the

post-game Lobster bake

 

Sunset at the polo field

 

TR McGrath preparing the lobster bake...ummmmm

 

Dan Keating talks polo with young fans

 

The lobster bake is ready!

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