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Polo for a Purpose Promotes Awareness, Supports Fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma

Brandon Phillips.

Wellington, FL – January 8, 2017 – The International Polo Club Palm Beach will welcome the first charity event of the year on Monday, January 16, hosting Polo with a Purpose, benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, while showcasing a high goal polo game in conjunction with a Gipsy Sound Revolution concert following the match. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a 24-goal polo match and continue throughout the afternoon with entertainment and family fun.

P.J. Rizvi and Brandon Phillips, co-organizers of the event, alongside Visse Wedell and Penny Bradley, spend their year preparing and planning for the event, which aims to raise funds and awareness for those diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, all different forms of blood cancers.

“We started preparing for this event just a month after last year’s event, so it is something that we work on throughout the year,” said Phillips, a survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a renowned polo player. “I’m excepting this year, by far, to be our biggest year yet.”

“The money we raise from this event benefits the local community and patients fighting these diseases. This is why Brandon and I do this event together and have become such good friends,” explained Rizvi. “My sister, Penny, passed away from leukemia and Brandon is a survivor. We hold this event very close to our hearts.”

Through the fundraising efforts of the Polo for a Purpose committee, more than $600,000 has been donated to the mission of finding a cure and supporting emerging treatments. This year, both Rizvi and Phillips are anticipating that number will greatly increase with the tremendous growth of the event.

“We want to create awareness and include everyone. This event is for the community,” continued Rizvi. “I always say that the motto for this event is that we’re chipping away at blood cancer one penny at a time.”

The event, which is not only open to the equestrian community, but also to the citizens of Wellington, will feature an elite polo match ahead of an exciting concert, all hosted on the polo grounds. Rizvi elaborated, “By supporting this event, you’re saving lives. People sometimes underestimate how important this research is. The money we raise goes to covering co-pays, transportation, second opinions, new research and so much more.”

As the event date approaches, event organizers are expecting a large turnout of supporters, spectators, and survivors on Monday, as it is a day of rest for the equestrian community and part of the holiday weekend. This is the first year that a concert has been incorporated into the event timeline and both Rizvi and Phillips believe that it will help to grow the event and add an extra element of fun to an already meaningful day.

“What we’ve been able to do in the last four years has just been incredible. I wish we could have started this fourteen years ago. You know that you want to give back and this event provides an outlet to do that,” added Phillips. “This year is going to be special. The proceeds will 100% go back to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®. It’s going to be a great game and it’s my goal to make these events fun. We want people to enjoy their time while supporting the cause.”

“When someone you love is diagnosed with blood cancer, your entire family is diagnosed,” concluded Rizvi. “We want to help the families in this community and support opportunities for research and treatment that will one day cure this disease.”

To purchase tickets for the event, please visit www.poloforapurpose.com or click here. To learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, please visit www.lls.org.

For more information about the International Polo Club, please visit www.internationalpoloclub.com.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Presents Polo for a Purpose

Wellington residents PJ Rizvi, Visse Wedell and Penny Bradley to chair event to support LLS’ efforts to find a cure.

WELLINGTON, FL – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is proud to announce that PJ Rizvi, Penny Bradley, and Visse Wedell, all Wellington residents, will co-chair the Third Annual Polo for a Purpose, and survivor Brandon Phillips, also a resident of Wellington, will serve as Honorary Chairman. The event will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016, at the International Polo Club, 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington, FL 33414.

“Polo for a Purpose promises to be a signature event with talented and dedicated people at the helm,” said Pamela Payne, LLS Executive Director. “We are privileged that they have chosen to accept this leadership position and support the lifesaving mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.”

In addition to being the mother of four children with her husband Suhail, Co-Chair Rizvi is an accomplished, award-winning Grand Prix Dressage rider, both domestically and internationally. She began riding in 1992 as a form of emotional therapy, after losing her beloved sister, Penny, to a blood cancer. She began competing in her thirties and has since taken over the reins to fulfill her lifelong dream of riding her first Grand Prix. In Saugerties, NY, she won the East Coast Riders Cup FEI Grand Prix, and then continued her winning streak in Florida.

Co-Chair Bradley, an entrepreneur and real estate developer, spent her early life in Yorkshire, North England. A former corporate banker in London, Bradley earned her undergraduate degree in Banking and Finance from the Institute of Bankers. She moved to New York in 1997 as a member of the credit team with Coutts and Co., a British private bank. She obtained her Master’s degree in Business from Columbia University and opened her real estate development business in 2000, purchasing townhouses and developing them into luxury single-family homes. She is often called upon to consult for banks and real estate professionals.

Co-Chair Wedell, a realtor associate, has immersed herself in knowing every detail of the real estate transaction, bolstered by her passion for building and creating beautiful spaces of her own. This combination of experience and professionalism gives her a one of a kind approach to her business that easily fits with any client’s needs. Her passion for construction and development, especially in the areas of estate and farm homes and properties, has led Wedell to become a well-rounded agent with unparalleled knowledge.

During his almost 20 years as a professional polo player and 5-goal handicap, Honorary Chairman Phillips has captured some of the sport’s most coveted trophies. Even though he has realized his dream to play at the top of his sport, he credits surviving Stage Four lymphoma as his greatest accomplishment. Diagnosed at 14 years old, Phillips was initially given six weeks to live. He endured five grueling months of intensive chemotherapy sessions, beat the odds and went into remission. Once recovered, he vowed to dedicate his life to doing what he loved – playing polo. Since then, Phillips has established himself as one of the world’s most talented polo players.

All proceeds from the Third Annual Polo with a Purpose will benefit LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. While this event will raise funds for lifesaving blood cancer research, it will also help support our local patients and their families by providing critically-needed financial aid.

For more information, please contact Pamela Payne, Executive Director, at 561.616.8682 or pam.payne@lls.org.

Polo for a Purpose Raises Funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Jeff Hall. Photos: Alex Pacheco.

Wellington, FL – January 25, 2015 – In the spirit of Martin Luther King Day, polo players and spectators contributed their time and gracious donations to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the Polo for a Purpose event at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The charity polo game featured eight of some of the best polo players in the world, including Nic Roldan, Kris Kampsen, Jeff Hall and Honorary Chairman Brandon Phillips. Phillips is a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor and helped to organize the event which gives 78 cents from every dollar back to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for patient services and research. Although the game ended in a 7-7 tie, everyone went home a winner, especially those positively affected by today’s contributions. Event chairs Visse Wedell and PJ Rizvi put on an outstanding event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, bringing the world one step closer to being cancer-free.

After Tom Blake sang the National Anthem and two-time cancer survivor Bruce Steinberg bowled the ball in from the sidelines, Kris Kampsen started the game with a swift steal before both teams ping-ponged the ball back a forth across the field. But it was Sugar Erskine to who scored the first goal of the game at the north end of the Engel and Volkers Field. Jeff Hall put his gorgeous grey mare to good use for a quick run through traffic, slamming the ball through goal in stylish fashion. In his classic open polo style, Brandon Phillips received the next ball from team-captain Nic Roldan to bring the score 3-2 but Jeff Blake quickly tied up the game with a high-flying goal straight from the center of the field, 140 yards out from goal. The first chukker ended 2-2.

The second chukker saw some smart moves from Erskine and Roldan but Blake read the play early and let their attempt at goal roll just wide over the inline. Hall, yet again showing off his fantastic young string, made for a great horse-race and knocked it through the goal posts, bringing the score 3-2. But Roldan wasn’t about to let his skills go unnoticed, making a textbook nearside backshot to Carlos Gracida but brother Mariano got the hook in and passed it to Kris Kampsen who matched Roldan’s nearside backshot to make the sure the ball was out of the red zone. Blake picked up the play; Roldan stole it with the kind of tricky play that makes him one of America’s highest rated players. Roldan’s pass to Erskine and through the goalposts brought the score 4-3. After the last throw in of the chukker, Blake hit the ball out of the air and ran down field with just seconds left on the clock to bring the score 4-all.

Carlos Gracida
Carlos Gracida

Carlos started the third chukker by doing what he does best-making players catch him but a bounce off the pony’s hoof resulted in the ball rolling just wide of goal. Roldan quickly turned defense into offense, galloping all over the field with several failed attempts on goal but finally Phillips put the ball between the goalposts to bring the score 5-4. Hall’s quick bay mare and an intuitive play brought the ball back to the opposite end of the field, making it an even score once again, 5-5. After the throw in at the center of the field, the players showed off their stick work but Carlos came out on top despite his lower handicap, scoring his first goal of the game and elevated the score 6-5. Kampsen’s belly shot from the last bowl in resulted in another accurate stroke through goal to end the chukker 6-6.

The heat was on in the beginning of the fourth and final chukker. Kampsen put the flame to Phillips’ solid defense, changing the direction of the play, bringing the score 7-6 in favor of the Hadden Landscape team. Kampsen made another steal and breakaway but Roldan slammed the ball in the air, in a tennis-like fashion for a great show of polo. Erskine fired from the 60 yard line but it was just wide. Crowd favorite Roldan danced around the defensive players and made a shot on goal but it hit the goalposts in dramatic fashion, igniting screams from the sidelines. Erskine avoided some attempted hooks, finally guiding the ball through the orange posts, making the score 7-7. After a horse change time-out, the last throw in was won by Hall who battled back and forth with Kampsen all the way to the end of the field but Erskine smacked it out of the red zone. The final horn blew, resulting in a tie game, 7-7.

The day ended with Phillips being recognized for helping to organize an event that hits so close to home. “I’m very happy to be part of this event,” Phillips said. “This is the second year we’ve done this. Last year it was about a quarter of the size so it was great for IPC to give us the field and the stadium. It made for such a good day,” he said. “We [the players] all know each other so well. It’s a good group of guys. It’s fun to play with your friends and have a good game.”

Jeff Hall agreed. “It was really great to play with Brandon today in this event. At the luncheon, the stories were so touching. It was good to raise money and to be part of it.”

Steinberg was incredibly thankful and appreciative of the event today as well. “Because of things like this, events and charities, I can be here with you and explain how great what you all are doing here today is,” Steinberg said. “You’re not just sitting here doing nothing; you guys are really making a difference in people’s lives,” Steinberg explained.

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HITS to Host 2nd Annual Fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during HITS-on-the-Hudson II

© ESI Photography. Margie Engle won the 2010 $25,000 HITS Grand Prix to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Engle was congratulated by HITS' Lisa Engel and Tony Hitchcock as well as survivor Zack Swart and family, Karen von Bachella, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Volunteers Melissa Signor and friends.

SAUGERTIES, NY (May 26, 2011) — HITS, Inc., is pleased to once again join forces with the Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to host a second annual fundraiser to support their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, while improving the quality of life for patients and their families.

On Friday, June 3 the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, will be a charitable class to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Similar to last year’s event, HITS will help to raise money by engaging with exhibitors and spectators to pledge a donation for every clear jump the horse and rider combination of their choice completes in Friday’s feature class. Donations raised during the class will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which will provide funding for much-needed research and patient services. The top three riders who earn the most in donations will receive a prize.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Since the first funding in 1954, LLS has awarded more than $680 million in research funding. Last year, HITS exhibitors helped raise over $3,200 during its one-day fundraiser.

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Margie Engle Wins the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson I

© ESI Photography. Margie Engle and Hidden Creek's Pamina L on course in Friday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix

SAUGERTIES, NY (May 29, 2010) — Margie Engle and Hidden Creek’s Pamina L, owned by Hidden Creek Farm, won the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, in the first Pfizer Million Grand Prix qualifier at HITS Saugerties on Friday which doubled as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“It was a very nice opening course,” said Engle, of West Palm Beach, Florida. “It was big enough, with some tight combinations.”

Engle and Hidden Creek’s Pamina L were one of 32 horse-and-rider teams to take the field on a course designed by International Course Designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. which saw an outstanding 10 riders return for the jump-off.

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