Oct 222018

The 2018 Polo for Charity match is just around the corner! As hundreds gather to tailgate and enjoy the Lowcountry’s only annual polo match, Okatie Club Rotarians have been planning this event all year. Through their strategic efforts, widespread community support and a small army of civic volunteers, the 25th Polo for Charity is set to be the best one yet!

Okatie Rotary’s Polo for Charity is the club’s largest annual fundraising event. Their small (but mighty!) group consists of 20 members who prioritize every aspect of polo to ultimately make a major impact on the Lowcountry community. “Polo is an all-hands on deck, full day effort with countless additional hours of planning and soliciting,” said Tony Leister, Okatie Rotarian and Polo Committee Chair. “The club counts on each member, our families, and civic volunteers to make Polo a success,” he said.

The primary recipient of this year’s event is the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes. 20 LFWMH volunteers will be on site at the polo match, including a representative from K9s for Warriors, a program LFWMH is connected to that matches combat-wounded veterans with support dogs. A large portion of the proceeds from polo will be given to this worthy organization to go toward purchasing a support dog for a Lowcountry wounded veteran, to be named Okatie!

Also new to polo will be a group of 65 students from the (SCAD) Savannah College of Art and Design equestrian team. They are eager to volunteer in an equine-related charity event that also promotes involvement with other equestrian communities. Their head coach, Ashley Henry, lives in Rose Hill. As the wife of a veteran, the K9 for Warriors program holds a special place in her heart. “Anything my team can do to support both warriors and animals is phenomenal,” said Ashley. The team will be around to walk horses, assist the riders and help with crowd control.

SCAD volunteers are not the only student participants from the Lowcountry in this year’s match. Elliott Lentz, a student from Hilton Head Christian Academy, will be singing a patriotic song after the national anthem. Students from the college level Rotary affiliate Rotaract at USCB and the high school level Rotary affiliate Interact clubs at May River High School and Bluffton High School will also be volunteering their time to help with setup and cleanup.

The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton will be represented with five to ten volunteers from the Keystone and Torch Club leadership group. This is the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton’s 10th year helping with the match. In the past, Club alumnus Aaron Jenkins was a national anthem singer.

Polo for Charity is a unique event that truly relies on the community to make the match a reality. The event will take place on Sunday, October 28th at Rose Hill Plantation. Gates open at noon and the match begins at 2pm. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please call 843-298-3055 or 843-384-8010, email  rotarypolo@hotmail.com or Facebook – Okatie Rotary Polo For Charity.

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