Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County hosted its 9th annual ‘Great Futures Celebrity Polo Charity Cup & Brunch’ on Sunday, March 6 at Grand Champions Polo Club 13444 Southfields Rd., Wellington, Fla. raising $300,000 to benefit Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. Marc and Melissa Ganzi and Olexa Celine led the charge as co-chairmen for the fundraising event. The annual event was held to honor longtime supporter of the Wellington Boys & Girls Club, Neil S. Hirsch.
“Our annual Great Futures Polo Day event was even more special this year because we were able to honor Neil and the impact he’s had on the community,” said President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Jaene Miranda. “We are always honored to have our supporters gather to benefit our Club children and to continue the legacy that Neil left behind.”
Grand Champions Polo Club was the host of the afternoon’s celebrity polo match, for the 9th consecutive year featuring honorary event chairmen, Nacho Figueras, Polo’s international ambassador and Nic Roldan, captain of the U.S. Polo Team. Among others who participated in the four-team, round robin tournament.
Team Grand Champions featuring Nacho Figueras took home the title as the Great Futures Polo Day Champions, winning the overall competition. The Equuleus team came in second place, Aspen Valley came in third place and Sebilion came in fourth place.
The celebrity polo match was followed by a lunch at the new Grand Champions Pavilion. Guests gathered to participate in a dynamic live auction that featured Polo in Aspen, and WhipJets private jet charter, and the most sought-after item of the day, Nacho Figueras autographed game-worn jerseys and lessons.
The Wellington Youth of the Year runner-up, Alonza Lloyd shared his Club experience with the audience in an impressively eloquent yet thought provoking speech. A once shy Club member had the guests charged to get involved.
This year’s sponsors included Olexa Celine of Sebilion Farm, Joe and Diana Di Menna of the Equuleus Polo Team, Marc & Melissa Ganzi of the Grand Champions Polo Club, and Aspen Valley Polo, Dr. Laura DeLuca, Land Rover Palm Beach, Polo Gear, Desich Family, PNC Bank, The Wellington Agency, BMO Wealth Management, Roberto Coin and WhipJets.
Proceeds from the 2022 Great Futures Polo Day benefit Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington, one of 17 Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. The Club provides services during non-school hours, as well as summer camp opportunities, to nearly 1,000 boys and girls from ages 6 to 18. The Club emphasizes educational, vocational, social, recreational, health, leadership and character-building skills in a positive and safe atmosphere. Through quality programs, the Club experience provides children with the guidance they need to make a healthy transition from childhood to young adulthood.
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