Braveheart Ball Raises $17.5K for Star Kids
Chock full of Scottish influence, from kilts and bagpipues to Disney performer Scot Bruce, (the King is of Scottish descent, don’t ya know), the 12th annual International Polo Charity Ball rocked the house at Rosecliff with nearly 300 strong, raising over $17, 500 for Star Kids Scholarship Program
Dubbed the Braveheart Ball, the black tie gala fêted guests of honor, the Scottish Polo Team, and celebrated and all things noble, brave and Scottish.
The evening began with a reception for nearly 200 dinner guests clad in Scottish Highland formal dress on the terrace, to indulge in sumptuous passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Cocktail Gurus, Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash poured an exclusive collection of fine classic malt scotches, courtesy of sponsors Providence Beverage Co., which encouraged the bidding on a fabulous presentation of silent auction items, and enhanced the colors of sunset on the waves of Rhode Island Sound. Some of the money raised was through a memorial scholarship fund initiated by members of the Newport Polo Club in memory of the late Dennis Mikolich.
A seated gourmet dinner in the gilded ballroom followed, where Sotherby’s autioneer Hugh Hildesley enchanted the audience for further indulgement upon luxury items reserved for live bidding. Blackstone Catering did not disappoint with their creation of a Scottish menu of grilled angus beef tenderloin and horseradish crusted salmon fillets.
Scotlands most famous export, the King himself, Elvis Presley (America’s best impersonator) broke open the dance floor after dinner, when additional 100 guests arrived for dessert and dancing. The packed dance floor throbbed til the stroke of midnight.
The party moved on to fill the Sky Bar at the Clarke Cooke House.
Hosted by the Newport Polo Club, the evenings’ silent & live auction proceeds will benefit Star Kids Scholarship Program of Rhode Island, to invest in the next generation, one kid at a time. For more info, visit http://www.starkidsprogram.org or call (401) 848-4187.
The gala took place at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, the premier estate amidst America’s finest collection of gilded age mansions. Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. After the house was completed in 1902, at a reported cost of $2.5
million, Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous entertainments here, including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini.