Founded in 1979 by businessman, philanthropist and respected polo player, Colonel Michael C. Sifton, Polo For Heart has been raising funds and awareness for heart and stroke related charities since its inception.
Polo For Heart takes place over three days, and features two international polo matches each day. Besides the action on the field there is shopping, a silent auction, food and drinks, a children’s village, half time entertainment, and the traditional Champagne divot stomp.
Thursday's Polo Under The Stars evening event, is the kick-off party to the entire weekend, and a glittering night of polo, dinner & dancing. This year’s theme is THE WHITE HOT POLO PARTY, with a suggested dress theme of white.
Saturday and Sunday's features the traditional Polo For Heart afternoon events, and a great day out with friends and family. Don’t forget to wear your best hat, there is a daily hay contest with prizes awarded for the finest or most original headwear.
To see the daily agenda, or for more details on each day, please go to GET TICKETS
For decades, Polo For Heart has been a popular tradition known for entertaining Toronto’s dignitaries, philanthropists, celebrities and royalty. Today, we continue to host hundreds of enthusiastic spectators who experience the amazing athleticism and magnificence of this timeless sport - all in the name of a fantastic cause. 2018 funds raised will benefit: The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and The Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation.
Enjoy international polo matches, the traditional champagne divot stomp and much more at this first-class event.
2019 Dates To Be AnnouncedTickets on Sale January 2019
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.Visit Website
Proceeds from the 2018 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.Visit Website
We are proud to partner and support all that Heart & Stroke and the Southlake Foundation does for our fellow Canadians.
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.Read more
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