Polo for a Purpose, the signature fundraising event for Polo for Life, will be held on Friday, March 1 at the National Polo Center in Wellington.
This year’s event will transport guests to Hawaii for a special luau, live entertainment, a fabulous cocktail reception, performances and the always electrifying polo match. While there will be no shortage of fun, the focus remains on raising much-needed money to directly support South Florida families fighting pediatric cancer.
Founded by Brandon Phillips, a pediatric cancer survivor and professional equestrian athlete, Polo for Life has raised millions of dollars to support cancer patients and their families from diagnosis to treatment. Funds from the 2024 event will benefit the Pediatric Oncology Support Team (POST), the Kids Cancer Foundation and the Baptist Health Foundation to provide financial assistance so families can remain in their homes, have food to eat, and pay for medication needs.
Phillips will serve as honorary chair of the event, with Christine Aylward, Rob Gray, Rita Reik and PJ Rizvi.
Gates for the event open at 3 p.m. with the polo match beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Individual tickets and tables of eight can also be purchased online by visiting www.poloforlife.org or calling (917) 838-2074.
Polo for Life was founded by Phillips, a professional polo player who has won many of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments. However, winning tournaments is not the biggest victory he has achieved — surviving Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is. Phillips was just 14 years old when diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and given a prognosis of six weeks to live. He endured five grueling months of intensive chemotherapy sessions and beat the odds. He vowed to dedicate his life to polo and his desire to help families facing the challenge of surviving childhood cancers.