Polo in the Pines? What does polo have to do with cancer research?
Can we talk about cancer for a minute? It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t had a friend or family member that has been diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully there have been many advancements in research, but there hasn’t been a lot for pediatric cancer research. Polo in the Pines was created by Tina Fowler in an effort to raise funds for pediatric cancer which benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Polo in the Pines is an Atlanta’s premier charity polo event is a two day Charity Classic polo event begins Saturday Oct. 13th with our 6th annual Honoree Celebration and Legacy Luncheon to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research. Attendees to Saturday’s high-style afternoon enjoy an exciting polo match, culinary presentations by The Capital Grille, handcrafted cocktails, live music by Grand Ville Band with Glenn Tennyson, Kinchafoonee Cowboys, elegant Legacy Luncheon, silent & live auction, champagne sabering and the time honored polo tradition of “Stomping the Divots”.
Here’s a little about Polo, in advance of attendance at Polo in the Pines:
- A typical match consists of 6 chukkers, or periods of 7 minutes each.
- The field is 300 yards by 160 yards.
- Players hit the ball with the side of the mallet head, not the end.
- The ball is made of solid bamboo root or plastic and is 3¼ inches in diameter and weighs between 4¼ and 4¾ ounces. Mallets come in lengths of 49 to 52 inches- and are selected according to the height of the pony.
- There are four players on each side, and, unlike other sports, all players must be able to interchange positions as the situation demands.
- The most common penalty committed is “crossing:” when an opposing player rides across in front of a player who is on the line of the ball at a distance that causes the player having the r
Polo in the Pines is a 100% volunteer based non-profit dedicated to the mission of funding specific pediatric cancer research, On May 3, 2017 The Sharon McCollum Knight, Polo in the Pines Pediatric Cancer Research Fund was established. One hundred percent of proceeds from Polo in the Pines directly fund pediatric brain cancer research and are made in honor of a different person each year. This year’s honoree is Caroline Brewer. Diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer at 3 yrs. old, she is currently in treatment at Children’s.
What: Polo in the Pines charity event
Where: Atlanta Regional Polo Center, Vinings, GA
When: October 13 and 14th 2018
If you are unable to attend the event please consider donating to this worthy cause, www.choa.org/polointhepines. Polo in the Pines is currently accepting donations for both auctions and looking for restaurant sponsors. Please email [email protected] to submit an Auction Donation Form