On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Chauncey Lufkin, Founder of The Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation, sponsored one of the VIP tables for the Great Futures Celebrity Charity Polo and Brunch. Proceeds from the day’s event will support the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington.
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On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Chauncey Lufkin, Founder of The Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation, sponsored one of the VIP tables for the Great Futures Celebrity Charity Polo and Brunch. Proceeds from the day’s event will support the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. The club is a safe place to learn and grow, providing the kids with life-enhancing programs and character development experiences during non-school hours, as well as summer camp opportunities, to nearly 600 boys and girls from ages 6-18.
Chauncey Lufkin was presented with a painting of a blue horse, by aspiring artist and Boys & Girls Club member, Izzy, aged 10. The inscription reads: “My favorite part of the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club is the art room. I like to help the staff do projects and paint. When I grow up, I want to be a detective and an artist on the side.”
“Our special thanks to Jaene Miranda, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, for organizing the day. It is our privilege to support The Club, as its purpose perfectly aligns with our foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life of children and families around the world. Nothing compares to seeing these kids out there on the playing field, enjoying the day and feeling inspired,” said Chauncey Lufkin.
The match played at Grand Champion, featured crowd favorites and honorary event chairs, Ralph Lauren’s “Face of Polo” model and player Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras and America’s Most Wanted/The Hunt TV host and child advocate, John Walsh. Other, polo pros, including 5-goal polo star Brandon Phillips, Argentinian Polo Player Martin Pepa and Nic Roldan, who was the youngest polo player in the world to win the prestigious U.S. Open Polo title at age 15. Nic is considered to be the leading American polo player, with an 8-goal handicap and the US Equestrian Center in Wellington is his home base.
The silent auction was a great success and included experiential packages for golf foursomes, Aspen Snow Polo, and a paella party for 20.
The brunch was held at the Mallot Grille in the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Assisting the staff of the Boys & Girls Club was Carole Thompson, Director of Membership of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, who was on hand to greet the benefactors.
Other guests of the Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation included Jacqueline Wetenhall, Amy Slack, Madeline Szabo, and Grace O’Hara.
The boys and girls enjoyed some time on the playing field, prior to the 3:00PM Piaget Gold Cup Match.
Earlier in the weekend, the Great Futures Polo Day Sponsors were honored at a special Asado, at Santa Rita farm, hosted by Mr. Hirsch and Melissa and Marc Ganzi, both accomplished polo players and devotees of raising awareness of the sport of polo around the world. Attendees included Grand Champion members, players and the event’s sponsors.
About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County:
The club aims to “provide a world-class club experience that assures success is within
reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to
graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle." There are 13 Boys & Girls Clubs located in the County of Palm Beach.
About the Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation:
The Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation is a charitable organization, founded in 2006, dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals around the world. Our Foundation’s focus is on fighting poverty through better education, and by finding faster cures for the diseases that affect loved ones. Our strategy is to comb the globe for independent foundations that are effectively working on these issues -- supporting them with financial injections that can make a difference. To date, the Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation has lent support to numerous organizations including The Robin Hood Foundation, The Milken Institute, The Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, Quantum House of Palm Beach County, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The Aspen Institute, and BizWorld, a project-based entrepreneurship program. Mr. Lufkin has also established The Chauncey Lufkin Endowment for Academic Excellence at Southern Methodist University, and is a major contributor to St. Lawrence University. www.cfl3.org