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


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



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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