PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Newport Polo’s 18th annual International Polo Charity Ball, Midnight in Marrakesh, will benefit the conservation and education efforts of Save The Bay and celebrate the return of the Moroccan Polo Team.
The annual event draws 400 attendees to make a red-carpet entrance in colorful Moroccan black-tie adaptation for a night inspired by Moroccan culture from iconic couture fashion, dancing to lively rhythms, exquisite gourmet cuisine and mixology, and heart-warming philanthropy.
Proceeds from the gala’s silent and live auctions and donations will support Save The Bay’s mission, to protect and improve Narragansett Bay.
“We are honored and grateful to be selected as the beneficiary of the Newport Polo Club’s Charity Ball auction this year,” said Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone. “The incredible cleanup of Narragansett Bay over the last nearly 50 years has truly been a community effort, relying on the support and involvement of countless individuals, businesses, and groups that understand the value of the Bay on our local economy and lifestyles.
“The Newport Polo Club is among these organizations, and we thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to keep our Bay clean and healthy for all.”
Since 1970, Save The Bay has been dedicated to conserving our community’s most precious resource, Narragansett Bay.
Save The Bay has developed a committed constituency for the Bay and has watched over the activities and programs of the government and the citizenry that degrade the environmental quality of the Bay, basin, and watershed.
Save The Bay provides educational opportunities for children and adults to explore the Bay, fostering an understanding and a sense of personal responsibility for the resource. Through vigorous advocacy, the Bay, once choked by raw sewage and dying a slow death from industrial toxins, is now making a strong comeback.
“We are impassioned to support this dynamic advocate, dedicated to preserving the coastline and waters, on which our state largely depends, and from which future generations will benefit,” comments Newport Polo President, Dan Keating. “Emerging new threats to the health of our waters makes this a critical time to rally around Save The Bay.”
The much-anticipated evening will begin with a pre-gala Cocktail Meet and Greet with the Moroccan Polo Team at its team headquarters at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina.
Weekend festivities continue on Saturday, Aug. 4, as Morocco challenges USA in the Newport International Polo Series, presented by BMW, at 5 p.m. Spectators will be treated to a thrilling two-hour contest, followed by the annual Lobsterbake for a delicious conclusion to the celebration.
Polo match and Après Polo tickets will go on sale on March 15. Visit Schedule/Tickets for all upcoming events.
Save The Bay protects, restores, and improves the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region, including its watershed and adjacent coastal waters.
Newport Polo is the host of the Newport International Polo Series, and home of America’s first polo club, offering exhibition polo and club member services and instruction for outdoor & arena polo. Est. in 1876; founding member of the United States Polo Association.
2018 Charitable Initiatives: Newport Polo will host additional charitable initiatives in 2018, including the Rotary Benefit Match on Saturday, May 26, and an All Charity Day polo match on Sunday, July 15, offering fundraising opportunities to participating 501-c-3 organizations.