WELLINGTON, Fl., March 8, 2016----For the fourth consecutive year, Grand Champions Polo Club will host the Great Futures Celebrity Polo Match on Sunday.
The nation’s busiest and most innovative polo club has assembled some of the top players and horses for a fun morning of polo that begins at 10 a.m.
Nacho Figueras, the sport’s ambassador, heads the star-studded event that raises money for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington.
American television personality John Walsh, a criminal investigator, human and victim rights advocate and creator of America’s Most Wanted, will also compete. Walsh and Figueras are Honorary Event Chairs for the event.
Among players will be Nic Roldan, Brandon Phillips and Martin Pepa.
Walsh is an avid polo player who competes throughout the world and plays in several charity events across the nation.
“It is a terrific event,” Walsh said. “It’s a great group of people coming together to help the Boys & Girls Club, the lifeline for many of these kids. These clubs are changing children’s lives one child at a time. They do God’s work.”
Figueras is the sport’s international ambassador and one of the most well-recognized players in the world as the face of Ralph Lauren.
“It is always fun when you can play polo and do something for kids,” Figueras said.
In last year’s event, the Equuleus team of Joe DiMenna, Juan Bollini, Martin Pepa and Juan Olivera won. Riley Ganzi was named Most Valuable Player.
Grand Champions president and USPA Florida Circuit Governor Melissa Ganzi and her husband Marc are thrilled Grand Champions is hosting the event for the fourth year.
In addition to Sunday’s morning event, the Ganzi family and Hirsch will host an asado at Santa Rita Farm on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in appreciation of the Great Futures Polo Day sponsors. All Grand Champions members, players and sponsors are invited to attend. Those interested should RSVP Juan Olivera by Wednesday at 561-601-9316.
Each year the annual charity event has been embraced by the polo community.
“This is such a great event for the Wellington community,” Melissa Ganzi said. “Marc and I live in Wellington, it’s our home. Grand Champions Polo Club and Santa Rita Farm are based here.
“What Neil has done for the community of Wellington is just above and beyond. Neil is so generous. He takes such pride in what he is doing in the community. The boys and girls club makes a difference in so many people’s lives."
Proceeds from the fundraiser celebrity match and Valentine Farm "Great Futures Brunch At Polo" at International Polo Club Palm Beach at 12:30 p.m., featuring a silent and live auction, benefit the boys and girls club. Attendees will be treated to the opening day of the USPA Gold Cup featuring Grand Champions Polo Club-based pro team Audi with Marc Ganzi, Tomacho Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres and Rodrigo Andrade. Audi plays Orchard Hill at 3 p.m.
The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys and Girls Club of Wellington along with twelve other Boys and Girls Clubs in Palm Beach County and more than 1,100 in the United States, provides services including after-school activities and camp opportunities in a safe environment to underprivileged kids, ages 6-18.
Sunday morning’s polo match is free to the public. Sponsors and guests are invited along with all of the supporters of the Boys & Girls Club including the club’s children and their families to attend.
The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington is located at 1080 Wellington Trace. The non-profit organization is open year-round and serves 7,000 children.
2017 WINTER SCHEDULE
(Subject to change because of weather and scheduling conflicts).
Women’s League, every Wednesday, 10 and 11 a.m., Santa Rita Farm.
FEBRUARY 22-March 16: Sterling Cup (20 goal) and John T. Oxley Memorial Trophy (Subsidiary Handicap).
MARCH: 1-26, Madelon Bourdieu Memorial (6 goal) and The Limited Edition 8-Goal Series; 1-25, The Top Pony 12-Goal Series.
MARCH 1-15: $50,000 National 12-Goal Tournament (Single elimination).
MARCH 12: Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Inc. Celebrity Polo Charity Cup, 10 a.m.
MARCH 15-April 1: The Molina Cup; Santa Rita Abierto (Subs. Handicap).
APRIL 1-15: $100,000 World Cup Tournament (0-26 Goals), winner-take-all single elimination.
APRIL 1-25: Las Acacias (4-8 Goals), Women’s League, every Wednesday, 10 and 11 a.m.
APRIL 5-8: WCT Finals, Women’s Polo Week and Celebration of Sunny Hale’s Life.
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB
WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 33414.
INFORMATION: For spectators, there are great field side views for tournament action and also the Grand Champions Polo Club Boutique. The club is home base for pro teams Audi, Flexjet and Grand Champions-Casablanca. Everyone is welcome to watch every level of polo in a relaxed atmosphere that includes complimentary food and refreshments during the featured games of the winter, spring and fall tournament seasons and other special events. Admission is free except for some special events.