Wellington, Fla. – March 21, 2018 – The countdown to Nic Roldan’s 3rd Annual Sunset Polo & White Party has officially begun! On Friday, March 23, the event of the season will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. at the Wanderers Club in Wellington, Florida. Hosted by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, this year’s event will feature fabulous auction items, with all proceeds going to Brooke USA.
For the first time in the history of the event, beginning at 6 p.m., three teams, sponsored by Provident Jewelry, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Brooke USA, will face-off during a six-chukker game in a round robin format. Featuring a mixture of professional and young polo athletes hand-picked by Nic Roldan, the overall event winner will be based on scores. Check out the lineup and jersey designs for Friday’s three teams in the graphics below.
The evening’s auctions will be led by celebrity emcee and auctioneer Ron Magill.
Magill is Zoo Miami’s goodwill ambassador and has made television appearances on many programs such as National Geographic Explorer, The Today Show, Good Morning America, the Late Show, CBS This Morning, Dateline NBC and on networks such as CNN and the Discovery Channel. He is an award-winning photographer with his work appearing in publications and galleries around the world. Magill has traveled extensively throughout Africa, India and the tropical Americas, while developing and directing conservation projects and Emmy Award-winning documentaries focusing on the wildlife of those regions.
At the conclusion of the final polo match, the custom jerseys from each team, donated by Polo Gear USA, will be auctioned off to one lucky bidder before the competitive live auction gets underway featuring the following items:
World Equestrian Games VIP Experience ($14,000 value)
This exclusive VIP membership package for the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games™ in September includes access to the Summit Club, located on the third floor of the new International Pavilion at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. This VIP experience offers premium viewing of the games in a climate controlled, relaxed setting as well as an all-inclusive deluxe food and beverage program.
The Aspen Experience ($10,000 value)
Enjoy all that Aspen has to offer with a polo experience that is unparalleled! This trip will accommodate two guests for a weekend of polo playing at Colorado’s Aspen Valley Polo Club and includes a variety of activities from fine dining at local restaurants to other sporting excursions.
Cruise in Luxury with Master Travel and Cruises ($8,000 value)
Enjoy an ocean room view for two on an Azamara voyage, with $8,000 towards any ship or sail date from August 2018–August 2019. Every Azamara voyage combines sophisticated sailing with authentic, cultural experiences that will deepen your understanding and appreciation of our amazing world.
From Napa with Love! The Ultimate Napa Valley Wine Country Experience ($5,000 value)
This one-of-a-kind and thoughtfully curated Napa Valley experience is for two couples for three nights. Brooke USA supporters and Rombauer Vineyards proprietors, “KR” and Laura Rombauer, will assist you in planning a customized three-day experience complete with VIP wine tastings, culinary dining and sightseeing tours!
Exclusive Equestrian Jewelry Donated by Provident Jewelry ($3,660 value)
Provident Jewelry not only is sponsoring one of the polo teams for the event, but has also donated two exceptional jewelry pieces including a Roberto Coin diamond stirrup pendant necklace and a Gucci horse bit statement ring. The necklace is an 18-karat white gold pendant delicately hung on a link chain featuring 0.30 total diamond carat weight, while the ring, a staple of Gucci’s history, features a horse bit motif with a lavish 18-karat yellow gold bypass design that gracefully twists around your finger.
Following the live auction will be the annual “Bid for a Cause,” where guests will have the opportunity to help raise funds for mobile equine care centers that travel across India to 68 remote communities. $85,000 is needed to support Brooke USA’s efforts in this project.
The silent auction will begin at the start of the event at 5:30 p.m. and will close at 9 p.m. Some of the extraordinary items up for grabs are an original painting by Sylvain Copon (valued at $15,000), an embroidered dress donated by Michelle Farmer Collaborate (valued at $1,125), a custom oxer donated by Infinity Jumps (valued at $2,000) and training sessions, ranging from riding to groundwork lessons, with Brooke USA advocates and ambassadors: Allison Brock, J.J. Tate, Kasey Perry-Glass, Debbie McDonald, Allison Springer, Sinead Halpin and Tik Maynard.
Two lessons with Olympic dressage rider and Pan American Games gold medalist Cesar Parra and the opportunity for two to school over the Windurra cross-country course at Boyd and Silva Martin’s farm in Pennsylvania will also be available to bid on during Friday’s silent auction.
In addition, there will also be a separate travel auction, generously provided by AmFund! Eight luxury experiences to various spectacular destinations around the world will be auctioned off during the event on Friday to benefit Brooke USA’s equine welfare programs. More details about each of the trips can be found in the graphics below.
This year, Brooke USA is excited to welcome FlexWheels as a sponsor of Nic Roldan’s 3rd Annual Sunset Polo & White Party! FlexWheels is an innovative alternative to owning or leasing a car. By subscribing to FlexWheels, South Florida members can flip between cars as their needs change. Match your car to your life! Simply schedule a flip, wait for your FlexWheels concierge to deliver your new car and drive on! Flip from SUVs for family trips, fun sports cars for date nights and luxury sedans for the daily commute.
FlexWheels will have white, exotic cars onsite at the Wanderers Club on Friday as well as a booth where guests can learn more about their unique services from a representative. Guests of the event will also receive exclusive discount codes for their rental programs.
A select few VIP Veranda and VIP gourmet dinner individual tickets are still available to purchase until midnight on Wednesday for Nic Roldan’s 3rd Annual Sunset Polo & White Party! General admission tickets will also be available to purchase at the door the night of the event for $125. Don’t wait — reserve your tickets ahead of time by clicking the link below:
In 2017, the event welcomed more than 1,000 attendees and raised approximately $500,000 to help alleviate the suffering of working equines, and the people who rely on them, in the world’s most disparaged countries. Brooke USA is confident that this year’s bash will be bigger and better than ever!
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for Nic Roldan’s 3rd Annual Sunset Polo & White Party! To learn more about how you can support one of Wellington’s most popular charity events of the season, click the link below: