June 18 & 20, 2020 Toronto

Polo for Heart

Canada's largest & longest running charity polo event
Celebrating 40 years of Philanthropy & Polo
THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS & GUESTS FOR ANOTHER FANTASTIC YEAR!
CELEBRATING OVER 40 YEARS OF POLO FOR HEART: NEW VENUE!

Polo For Heart is a two-day action packed event.

Thursday's Polo Under The Stars evening event offers a glittering night of polo, dinner and dancing. 

Saturday features the traditional Polo For Heart afternoon event, lunch, and a great day in the country.

For over 4 decades, Polo For Heart has been a popular tradition known for entertaining Toronto’s dignitaries, philanthropists, celebrities and royalty. Today, we continue to host thousands of enthusiastic spectators who experience the amazing athleticism and magnificence of this timeless sport - all in the name of a fantastic cause. 2020 funds raised will benefit: The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and The Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation

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2019 funds raised will benefit The Heart and Stroke Foundation and The Southlake Health Centre Foundation.

RESEARCH AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL
The Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart & Stroke Foundation currently funds several exciting research studies underway at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital. Monies donated by Polo for Heart will support two cutting edge research projects at St. Michael’s Hospital (Dr. Philip Marsden’s and Dr. Howard Leong-Poi’s). The gift will also be recognized with the re-dedication of a named space at St. Michael’s Hospital as part of a University Hospital Initiative, which is actively raising $7.2 million over 10 years for important cardiovascular research support at St. Michael’s.

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SUPPORTING ADVANCED CARDIAC CARE, CLOSE TO HOME.
Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation

Proceeds from the 2019 Polo for Heart event will continue to support the expanded Heart Rhythm Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre. To date, funds raised have helped Southlake make critical renovations and expansions to services and infrastructure for this program, which is vital to thousands of patients in our community and beyond. Thanks to your incredible generosity, more than 10,000 new patients each year will have access to these advanced cardiac services, close to home.

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We are proud to partner and support all that Heart & Stroke and the Southlake Foundation does for our fellow Canadians.

Colonel Michael C. Sifton
Our Founder's Vision

Driven by his desire for a winter equestrian hobby, Colonel Michael C. Sifton (1931-1995) is often credited, along with a group of fellow equestrians, Jim Elder, Tom Gayford, Gary Smellie, and Major Kindersley, in reviving the spot of polo in Toronto after the Second World War.

An avid sportsman and breeder, Col. Sifton formally established The Toronto Polo Club (TPC) in the early 1960’s and by 1965 had purchased Fox Den Farm in Gormley (North Richmond Hill), as a home for TPC, essentially creating the epicenter for polo in Toronto.

The world-class indoor facility along with admirable outdoor fields, allowed for year-round polo. By 1969 the TPC boasted a membership roster of over 40 playing members, and the facility had been used by a number of illustrious guests, including Prince Philip.

In 1979 Col. Sifton, by now an ambassador of Polo in Canada, saw an opportunity to merge his love of polo with his commitment to philanthropy. In partnership with The Heart Action Committee he championed the first Polo For Heart event, a charity polo tournament to raise funds for heart-related research (his father, had died of a stroke) to take place on the TPC grounds.

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