The Charity Polo Classic presented by Morgan Auto Group is one of the most unique charity events in the Tampa area. There is a distinguished excitement surrounding a competitive polo match. This type of event provides as a unique way to entertain clients, network with an elite audience, and enjoy a different type of fundraising experience than a traditional gala. The Charity Polo Classic has raised approximately $250,000 for multiple organizations in and around Tampa Bay since their first event in 2012. The group strives to raise $200,000 this year alone, with the proceeds from this years Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic benefiting the Children’s Cancer Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, The Helping Hand Fund, and Hands Across the Bay.
The 501(c)3 is made up entirely of volunteers from the Tampa Bay community who all have a common goal of making a significant impact on their community. Planning the event takes a lot of time and energy. The board and committees are comprised of professionals from around the Tampa Bay area. Members of the group come from diverse business backgrounds and industries. The Honorary Board Members include founders Chris Gannon, Patrick Moraites, Kelly Ross, Tina Hunter-Greene and Andrea Penton, were all instrumental in the formation of Charity Polo Classic, Inc. In speaking of the start of Charity Polo Classic, Chris Gannon said, “Our goal for the Charity Polo Classic is to raise money for charitable organizations in the community while bringing the people of Tampa Bay together to enjoy one of the oldest team sports,” and that is just what the organization has done.
This year’s Charity Polo Classic is being held Saturday, February 27th at DI Polo Tour. Gates will open at 11:00 AM. After the presentation of colors and the singing of the National Anthem by Sargent Sonya Bryson, the feature match will begin at 1:30 PM. The polo match features top polo stars from around the world. During half time guests can take part in the time honored tradition of the stomping of the divots. The Derby-inspired event will feature live and silent auctions, excellent cuisine from many top Tampa Bay restaurants. Additional activities are scheduled throughout the day including games and ‘Best Dressed’ awards. Information on the activities and tickets can be found at www.charitypoloclassic.com.