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June 23, 2007 - Polo for the Cure Invitational

What: Polo Match

Where: Denver Polo Club Grounds, Sedalia

When: Saturday, June 23 and Sunday June 24, 2007

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m./ 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $40 per day at the gate

Beneficiary: Renee's Friends Fund and Rotary Club of Denver Southeast

Host(s): Denver Polo Club

Mistress of Ceremonies: Shaul Turner of Fox 31 and Chris Gandomcar of Denver Polo Club

EMCEE: Erica Gandomcar Sachs

Founders: Renee Coble of Renee's Friends Funds

Co-Chair(s): Rotary: Steve Roesinger (Frederick Ross & Company) and Suzanne Hammer (Hammer & Associates); Denver Polo Club: Erica Gandomcar Sachs and Tara Gandomcar

President(s): Rotary President, Mike Klingbiel

Introductions: Erica Gandomcar Sachs

Welcome: Chris Gandomcar

Catering: Tony Rosacci's Fine Catering

Entertainment: Flamenco dance and Spanish guitar by Sangria

Sponsors: Bentley Denver, Stargate, Rocky Mountain Rotocraft, Frederick Ross Company, Lewar & Associates, Horse Connection Magazine. Wright Group Event Services Tony's Market, Denver Polo Club

Auctioneer: Norm Early for Auction Automations

Menu: Argentine BBQ and champagne brunch

Attire: "Pretty Woman" flair attire

Special Thanks: tents provided by The Wright Group Event Services

Blacktie Photos by: M. Darcy

 Jose Rodriguez proudly stands with Miss Colorado Keena Bonella and his Best Playing Pony
Jose Rodriguez proudly stands with Miss Colorado Keena Bonella and his Best Playing Pony

A collaborative effort between The Denver Polo Club, Renee's Friends Fund and the Rotary Club of Denver Southeast pooled their time, talent and resources to bring the “Sport of Kings” to Denver.

The Polo for the Cure Invitational was a weekend extravaganza on June 23 and 24, 2007 that benefited two worthy organizations: Renee's Friends Fund and The Rotary Club of Denver Southeast. Many guests raved that this year’s event was even bigger and better than the last.

Tony Rosacci’s Fine Catering offered a delectable Argentine BBQ and champagne brunch on each respective day. TV legal analyst, author and speaker, Norm Early, made an impressive auctioneer both days. Items included a Kentucky Derby getaway for two, a trip to the 2008 US Open Major Golf Championship in California, original art and jewelry.

On Saturday, the staccato notes and Flamenco dance of the Latin group, Sangria, revved up the party. Tom Wright of the Wright Group Event Services gave the official bowl-in to start the games. During half-time, young riders of the Cottonwood Riding Club demonstrated the sophisticated art of dressage, an invisible reining technique, to show off their “dancing horses”.

On Sunday, Keena Bonella, Miss Colorado USA, made a graceful toss of the bowl-in. The Denver Polo Club sponsored the “shoot to goal contest” in which contestants tried to whack the ball through a narrow goal with a polo mallet. Renee Coble was the triumphant winner. Afterward, ladies lined up to show off their feathers in the “prettiest hat contest.” Treva Klingbiel and Samone Kirkevold walked away with a sponsoring Biejo Bag.

Many guests had never seen a polo game. The Denver Polo Club Grounds are the perfect place, and this the perfect event to witness a first-time match. The field sits in a beautiful hidden valley, one side bordered by shimmering cottonwoods and a river. Club games are played in four to six 7-minute sets, or chukkers, and ponies can reach speeds of up to 35 mph. Combine that with aggressive maneuvers and on-the-dime stops, and you have an exciting but fast sport.

The Wright Group played a tight and furious game to tie with the Horse Connection team. Bentley Denver team went on to beat out Rocky Mountain Rotocraft in a fierce match full of spectacular lobs, near collisions and a few fouls. Erica Gandomcar Sachs, a crowd favorite, won Most Valuable Player for Bentley Denver, and the Best Playing Pony Award went to Jose Rodriguez’ horse.

Polo for the Cure Invitational raised over $150,000 for both organizations. Renee’s Friends Fund provides non-medical financial support, such as transportation, prosthetics, living expenses, optical and dental care to men and women battling breast cancer, patients who would otherwise have to choose between continued therapy and everyday bills. The founder, Renee Coble, a survivor herself, is an avid and accomplished equestrian.

Since 1985, Rotary Club members have distinguished themselves by receiving prestigious international grants, hosted international guest speakers and contributed to organizations such as the I Have A Dream Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, while implementing their own programs including the Read To Me literacy program, Young Achievers and the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort. Currently, they are also working with Sonrise Orphanage in Rwanda and spearheading an innovative clean water project for 800,000 residents living in the slums of Nairobi.

If you would like to help a breast cancer survivor during a critical time, please call 1-877-511-1893. And if you’d like to contribute to any of the amazing Rotary Club projects, visit their website at They meet every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at Cool River Café in Greenwood Village.

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