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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 “Gala la Bamba.”

Team members were fêted first at cocktails at Gurney’s Inn, 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. 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 by William Heydt, and a lifestyle package from Rib & Rhein.


Brenda Nienhouse, Exec. Direct of The Newport Opera House

Seen were  Mary Marwick and Peter Jenkins, Stacie Millls, 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?


Sean Bishop  Christine & Hilaz Isbell


Liz Mello & Michael Tsandilas



Noelle Shiland &Christon Gibson


Ralph Chartier & John Cratin


Linn Alvarnas &  Bill Rudkin


Host Dan Keating &Deb Fattibene


Lisa & Andy Maillet ponder a bid


Mikki Micarelli & Ron Slingerland


Jonathan Pogash, the "Cocktail Guru" welcomes guests on the Rosecliff lawn



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


Felipe & Ailie Rojas


Grace Spaulding, Imogen Jenkins & Nicole Atkinson


Muhamad Farzan, Helen Johnson, Sajad & Courtneu Raeis


Hostess Agnes Keating listen to a guest


Grace Spaulding, Imogen Jenkins & Nicole Atkinson


Paul & Deb Fattibene,  Peter Jenkins


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


On the spacious lawn


Desiree Harris & Stacie Mills warm up for the band


Patricia & Leo Orsi


Tom Brace with Maura & Paul  Hammick


Billy Shaw & Kim Winders


Billy Shaw, Kim Winders & Tom Brace


Thomas Ribeiro, Mary Marwick & Erin Ribeiro


Bekki Schenker, Brian Cunha, Heather DeLeone & Kerri Renefano


Bekki, Heather & Kerri


Philip Baus & Domenica Alban


Members of the Mexican Polo Team


The Mexican team with their queridas


Carlos Maldonado, Ricardo Cos & George Hibid



Decades by Dezyne take the floor




A very special table!

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