Gala la Bamba Sets Record for Opera House Theater

Gala la Bamba Sets Record Andy and Lisa Maillet Andy and Lisa Maillet Newport Polo Club’s Aug. 4 Gala la Bamba raised more than $32,000 for the Opera House Theater, a new record for its annual black tie charity gala.

“When we first supported the Opera House in 2009, they were just starting their restoration, and it looked like an insurmountable task,” said Dan Keating, president and founder of Newport Polo. “But after years of dedication, the team at the Opera House is in the homestretch.”

Funds from Gala la Bamba and other donations this year have doubled the impact through an award-matching grant program. Its sights are set on a first-quarter 2018 grand reopening.

The sold-out affair began with a pre-gala meet-and-greet cocktail party with the Mexican team. The nearly 400 guests, many in costume, then proceeded to Rosecliff for a reception on the terrace with Gala Ambassadors Dorienne and Mohamad Farzan, project architects for the Opera House Theater, and Polo Ambassadors Mary Marwick and Peter Jenkins from the Newport Polo Club.

Kristina Lumsden Robert and Jennifer Edwards Kristina Lumsden Robert and Jennifer Edwards As the colors of dusk faded, guests enjoyed Mexicaninspired hors d’oeuvres followed by a three-course dinner and dessert station by Blackstone Catering. Live music and dancing under the spell of 10-piece orchestra Decades by Dezyne lasted until midnight when the odyssey’s finale ascended to the Skybar atop Clarke Cooke House for a last dance.

Festivities carried on through the weekend as the international guests of honor took to the polo field on the following day to challenge USA. An annual New England lobster bake was a fitting conclusion to the weekend.

Celebrating its 26th season, Newport Polo has raised more than $1,285,500 for civic and charitable organizations.

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