October 2016

Polo for a Purpose : 23rd Polo for Charity Event

Author: Lisa Carroll

So, you like fast-paced sports? Enjoy tailgating and mingling with old friends? Love to be outdoors on a Lowcountry fall afternoon? Feel good about helping out local charities? Then we have the event for you. Polo for Charity, hosted by the Rotary Club of Okatie on Sunday, Oct. 23, is the place to be. Gates open at noon, and the match starts at 2 p.m. at the Rose Hill Equestrian Center in Bluffton.

Come pick out the perfect spot to set up your tailgate along the beautiful, lush polo field, and let your creativity shine! Some tailgates feature area rugs, couches and candelabras. Others simply have bag chairs and card tables. Either way, you’ll probably want to focus your efforts on the menu. Some attendees bring the traditional tailgate foods such as fried chicken, soda and deviled eggs. Others switch it up with caviar, shrimp and champagne. The best part is that most patrons enjoy sharing with their fellow tailgaters. And a prize is given for the best picnic!
Don’t worry if you aren’t quite sure of the rules of polo. Don’t know your chukkas from your mallets? Learning about the “sport of kings” is fun. Here are a few fast facts to impress your friends while tailgating:
• There are no lefties in polo.
• There used to be a height limit for polo ponies.
• The teams change ends each time a goal is scored.
• The match is divided into chukkas, each lasting seven minutes, with an interval of three minutes between each one.

And just like in football, there is a halftime. But this halftime show is a little different. You get to be a participant! Don’t worry—no singing or dancing is involved. Just divot stomping. (No, that’s not a square dancing move.) Think of it more like a crowd participant grounds crew. You go onto the field at halftime and stomp to replace the divots created in the grass by the ponies’ hooves. Sounds like fun, right? Just don’t stomp the steaming piles….

Patron sites and general admission tickets are available. Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the gate on the day of the match. Children under 12 are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at BB&T Bank locations, Markel’s, and the Engel & Völkers office, 800 Main Street, Hilton Head Island. 

For more information, call Barbara McFadden at (843) 298-3055.

Drumroll Please!
Event organizers would like to thank this year’s sponsors.
Platinum Sponsors: Engel & Völkers, and Lang Capital; Gold Sponsors: Cook Farms Ltd, the Law Office of Barbara McFadden, and J & S Construction; Diamond Sponsors: John Mosca, CPA, Palmetto Electric, The Salty Dog Café and The Tegwar Company, and Hilton Head Landscapes; Media Sponsors: Accurate Lithograph, Bluffton.com, Bluffton Sun/Hilton Head Sun, Bluffton Today, CH2/CB2, Hilton Head Monthly, Island Events, Island 93.5 FM, Lowcountry Weekly, Premier Lowcountry Magazine, SC103.1 FM/Surf 104.9 FM/Easy 106.5 FM, Tails of the Lowcounty, The Breeze, The Island Packet, The Scout Guide and WHHI TV.

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