Sixth Annual Hamptons Cup Raises Money to Fight Poverty in New York City
Event Raises Over $650,000 to Benefit Robin Hood
Yesterday, hundreds of families attended the sixth annual Hamptons Cup presented by Cartier at the Equuleus Polo Club in Water Mill, New York. The event raised more than $650,000 for Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization. Because the event is fully underwritten by donors and sponsors, one hundred percent of ticket sales will go to helping low-income New Yorkers. Since its inception, the volunteer-led event has raised over $3.6 million to fight poverty.
The match between Team NetJets and Team Solaia Capital featured international polo star Nacho Figueras, with Team NetJets winning the Hamptons Cup. Renowned players from around the world, including Mariano Gonzalez, Martin Pepa, and Magoo Laprida joined Figueras on the field again this year. Other notables such as Tomas Garcia del Rio and Inaki Laprida also played, and the match was umpired by retired former 10-goal player Cristian Laprida. It was a 20-goal contest – the highest level of play in the Hamptons.
In addition to the charity match, families enjoyed a special kids’ area that featured pony rides and arts and crafts. At halftime children were given polo mallets for the traditional stomping of field divots, and post-match they were invited to take sunset lessons with professional players.
“For the sixth year, Joe and I and the rest of our family are honored to welcome so many generous members of the community to the Hamptons Cup,” said event co-founder Diana DiMenna. “The event is a reminder of the importance of Robin Hood’s work. Thousands of our neighbors are struggling to get by, and as fellow New Yorkers, it is our responsibility to give them a helping hand.”
“Every August, I look forward to competing in the Hamptons Cup, and Delfina and I love supporting Robin Hood,” said Nacho Figueras, a co-founder of the event. “We’ve had the pleasure of visiting the community programs that will benefit from this match and see firsthand the lifesaving difference they are making. I’m so proud that the polo community has rallied behind this great cause, and I thank them for their continued commitment.”
Co-chairs for the event included: Diana and Joe DiMenna, Mercedes Abramo, Tom Barrack, Delfina Blaquier and Nacho Figueras, Michael Carrazza, Lise and Michael Evans, Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman, Neil Hirsch, Mary Kathryn and Alex Navab, Alex Roepers, and Mary Snow. Vice chairs for the event are Alainn Bailey and Stefano Natella, Jay Eisenhofer and Anne Jameson, Paul and Caroline McCaffery, David Lawrence, Laura and Brent Nicklas, and Martin Pepa and Paige Allardice Pepa. The Benefit Committee included: Enrica and Fabrizio Arengi-Bentivoglio, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Victor Edozien, Kathleen Flock and Marissa Magnuson, Judith S. Giuliani, Kim and Greg Lippman, Christine and Richard Mack, Dee Dee Ricks, Fiona and Eric Rudin, Jan and Randy Slifka, and Harvey Spevak. The corporate sponsors were Cartier and NetJets.
“Robin Hood supporters are an amazingly diverse group – all committed to increasing economic mobility. We’re so honored Diana, Joe, Delfina and Nacho are so focused on helping New Yorkers living in poverty,” said Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood.