Wellington, Fla. (March 11, 2021) – Just 350 guests will attend Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo & White Party | Special Edition: Latin America, presented by Lugano Diamonds, on March 18 at the International Polo Club. Tickets are in high demand with only two Sunset Cabanas on the polo field remaining and just over 50 VIP Vistas in The Pavilion available for purchase.
With a multitude of offerings for guests to enjoy, Brooke USA has not skipped a beat with an evening of activities focused on increasing awareness for the plight of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve. While raising funds in support of the organization’s mission, the Host Committee, chaired by Board Chair Katherine Kaneb, has designed a line-up of great options for guests.
To help reach Brooke USA’s goal of $250,000 raised from the event, Lugano Diamond’s, the event’s presenting sponsor, has granted guests the opportunity to peruse magnificent pieces of jewelry in Lugano’s Lounge while offering a percentage of sales from the night and beyond to Brooke USA. Lugano Diamonds is a private international diamond and jewelry company with the vision of creating exquisite, one-of-a-kind wearable works of art.
Julie Keyes of Keyes Art Gallery is curating a one-of-a-kind art auction featuring the work of some of today’s most coveted contemporary artists, including Hans Hofmann, Bert Stern, Claude Lawrence, Jules Feiffer, John Torreano, Erika Ranee, Melinda Hackett, Claire Price, Perle Fine, Bruce Lieberman, Tammi Smith, Fred Bendheim, Eileen O’Kane Kornreich, Bill Claps and Nathan Slate Joseph. Keyes Art Consulting works with architectural and design professionals, exclusive hoteliers, and private clients in the selection of exceptional contemporary art.
The highlight of the art auction is the sale of a painting by world-acclaimed Colombian figurative artist and sculptor Fernando Botero. Painted in 2004, Botero’s Woman On Horse starts the bidding at $300,000 and will be on display throughout the evening at Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo & White Party. For more information on the participating artists and to get a jumpstart on the auction, visit https://www.invaluable.com/auction-house/keyes-art-hjz0vrlwop.
AmFund returns to Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo & White Party with its highly-anticipated travel auction, featuring an array of unique world-class trips and experiences with three years to book and no blackout dates to travel. AmFund has an unmatched track record of supporting nonprofit organizations and providing amazing trips specially curated for affluent audiences. Unforgettable travel experiences available in this year’s auction include Amalfi Coast, Castles of Ireland, Tropical Costa Rica, Greek Islands, Iceland, San Francisco & Napa Valley, Pleasures and Treasures of Tuscany, and Champagne and Chateaux of France.
And, finally, Brooke USA has secured over 50 donated items for its variety auction, featuring many appealing items for the equestrian – from apparel and home goods to riding lessons and great wines by Rombauer Vineyards. Bidding for the auction opens March 16 and is available at brookeusa.maestroweb.com. The auction will close at 9 p.m. EST on March 18th.
“There is so much to choose from during the night so I am confident that our Wellington community will do our part to help working horses, donkeys and mules who suffer all over the world and to whom Brooke USA is so committed,” said Katherine Kaneb, Chair of Brooke USA’s Board of Directors. “We are so grateful for the extraordinary corporate and individual support. We urge you to make your reservations now and to buy your tickets immediately. Visit www.BrookeUSAevents.org right now, before it is too late,” Kaneb added.
A portion of the proceeds from Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo & White Party | Special Edition: Latin America presented by Lugano Diamonds will ensure:
- Support of Brooke USA’s Americas Fund for the purchase of 233 demo plots in rural communities in Nicaragua. These demo plots are used to teach and train villagers on the basics of fodder cultivation – from planting to storing food for their equines. Cost per plot $500.
- Support of Brooke USA’s COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund for nonprofit organizations across the country in need of financial assistance. Due to the pandemic, horses, donkeys, and mules are being abandoned as their owners struggle with financial hardship and the inability to feed and care for their equines. Micro-grants range between $500 and $1,000.
- Support of Brooke USA’s Advocacy Fund to ensure a ban on the import and sale of ejiao, the derivative of boiling donkeys hides for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine, in the United States. Donkeys in Africa are being stolen, mistreated, and inhumanely slaughtered for their hides; the US is the third-largest global consumer of ejiao.
- Support of Brooke USA’s new initiative to scope and research equine welfare among Native American tribes with the goal of introducing programming that will improve the quality of life of equines and positively impact the lives of those living on the Reservations.
To attend Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo® & White Party | Special Edition: Presented by Lugano Diamonds, please contact Kendall Bierer, Donor Relations Officer at Kendall.Bierer@BrookeUSA.org. Tickets are available at BrookeUSAevents.org. Follow Brooke USA on Facebook and Instagram. To support Brooke USA in its effort to fund projects around the world, go to www.BrookeUSA.org.