CANADA’S LARGEST AND LONGEST RUNNING CHARITY POLO EVENT CELEBRATES 40 YEARS!



Posted on Jun, 1st, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
 
 CANADA’S LARGEST AND LONGEST RUNNING CHARITY POLO EVENT CELEBRATES 40 YEARS!

A perfect way to spend a summer day with your family!
 
TORONTO, ONTARIO (June 1, 2019) Polo For Heart, the largest and longest charity polo event in Canada supporting Heart & Stroke and The Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation presents world class polo games with players from Argentina, United States and Canada on June 20 and 22.  Now in its 40th year the event attracts 4500+ individuals over the 2 days and has raised over $6 million for heart disease and stroke treatment and research.  The weekend festivities will kick-off Thursday, June 20 with “Polo Under The Stars”, a glitzy celebration where polo will be played in the evening.  Tickets and tables for Polo Under The Stars and Polo For Heart can be purchased online at www.poloforheart.org.
 
Polo For Heart continues to honour the legacy of its founder Colonel Michael Sifton began by supporting heart disease & stroke related charities. The proceeds will benefit Heart & Stroke, helping them achieve their important mission to prevent heart disease and stroke, save lives, and promote recovery for survivors. Funds will also be allocated to The Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Regional Cardiac Care Program, making leading-edge care possible for more than 10,000 patients every year when they need it most.  
 
“The money raised at Polo For Heart helps Heart & Stroke pursue our mission to prevent heart disease and stroke, save lives and promote recovery for everyone across the country.  We know there’s still much work to be done because every five minutes, someone in Canada is lost to heart disease, stroke and related conditions,” says Avril Goffredo, CEO Ontario & Nunavut, Heart & Stroke. “We are grateful for the support of Polo For Heart over so many years as they help us fund research and promote awareness, and we’ve thrilled to join them to celebrate their 40th anniversary.”
 
“Polo For Heart has been a long-time supporter of Southlake and over the years has made a tremendous impact for tens of thousands of patients served through our Regional Cardiac Care Program, the third largest in Ontario.” says Susan Mullin, President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation.  “Southlake serves cardiac patients from York Region to as far north as Muskoka.  We simply could not do it without this kind of support that is crucial in helping us keep up with changing technology continue providing leading-edge care.  We are excited and proud to be part of Polo For Heart once again this year, celebrating their 40th anniversary event.
  
Polo For Heart is delighted to welcome back its title sponsor, the Bank of Montreal (BMO).  Other major sponsors, whose contributions to this truly unique event  includes Cadillac Fairview, Jones Brown, Mayfair Clubs, The Millwood, The Teddington Retirement Residence, VRG Capital, Graywood, Responsive Group, Benson Kearley IFG, Teknicor,  Prodigy, Pommies Cider Co., Wycliffe Homes, Greenhawk, Purina Lifford Wine & Spirts, Hockley Valley Brewing Co, Snapd, York Regional Media Group, Rogers, King Weekly Sentinel, Rogers and The Kit.
  
The event will take place at the beautiful scenic Toronto Polo Club located at 13561 Leslie Street in Richmond Hill.  New for this year is an all-weather venue that promises fantastic polo action, rain or shine, and an amazing elevated view.  Guests will experience two unique action-packed days of horses, thrills and entertainment.  Back by popular is summer’s hottest event “Polo Under The Stars on June 21st which has been a tremendous success and has sold out every each.  This year’s event will be a white theme with a splash of red and features two international polo matches, live entertainment, Juno nominated jazz singer George St. Kitts, silent and live auction, classical dressage riding master Frank Grelo riding dressage stallions to music, the best hat contest to be judged by CTV’s The Social’s Melissa Grelo and David Dunkley,  and will conclude with an after party with dancing.  
 
“Polo For Heart” on June 22nd will feature two international polo games, Canadian Cowgirls, live entertainment, silent auction, boutiques, perfect polo picnic and best hat contests, equine education centre, BMO kids village with and much more.
 
“We are delighted to continue to contribute to the on-going success of Heart & Stroke and The Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation and help them attain their objectives,” said Derek Watchorn, Polo For Heart Event Chair.
 
Reasons to attend and support: Every five minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease, stroke and related conditions.  An estimated 1.6 million more are living with the devastating effects of these diseases. 9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor, such as high blood pressure, obesity, tobacco use, lack of physical activity or diabetes. For more than 60 years, Heart & Stroke has been dedicated to fighting heart disease & stroke. Their work has saved thousands of lives & improved the lives of millions of others.

For further information or media accreditation please contact:

Shelley Grant

Polo For Heart 

p. 416.706.9799

e. press@poloforheart.org


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