On Saturday March 17 2007, Fundacion Manos del Sur, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in Miami, Florida, held its fifth annual, GENEROSITY POLO CUP at the Patagones Polo Club, in Wellington.
The guests arrived at the beautiful Patagones Polo Club, property of the Argentine Gonzalo Avendaño, just after noon. Everybody enjoyed a sunny day in the countryside. Alongside the field, there were food stands of Kouzine and La Estancia Argentina, where people enjoyed Argentine delicacies.
The children had their own entertainment, soccer field, rides and a rock climbing wall. They had a great time and the parents could relax while they watched the matches by the field.
This year, the format of the cup was different. It consisted in a round robin between three teams. Each team had three professional players and an amateur sponsor.
One of the teams was sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets, an international corporate and investment bank with offices in 14 countries. The second team was sponsored by Access Industries, an industrial conglomerate based in New York The third team was sponsored by an Palm Beach polo enthusiast.
The formations were: Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets: Rich Rothenberg (handicap1), Lucas Monteverde (9), Adolfo Cambiaso (10) and Carlos Gracida (9). Access Industries: Armando Gonzalez Gracida (3), Mike Azzaro (9), Paco de Narváez (9) and Matias Magrini (9). Quilmes: Marcelo Young (0), Ignacio Novillo Astrada (9), Javier Novillo Astrada (9) and Bautista Heguy (9).
Royal Bank of Canada was the champion; Quilmes was in second place and Access in third. Rich Rothenberg (RBC) was named the MVP and Bautista Heguy ‘s “La 61”, was chosen the best mare.
After the tournament, the guests enjoyed a delicious Argentine barbecue in a huge tent, arranged in the best style of the pampas.
Among the sponsors for this event we had the Patagones Polo Club, Quilmes, Pololine, La Estancia Argentina, Kouzine, La Martina, Prisa, La Dolfina, L'Oreal, Polo Ralph Lauren, Bodegas Etchart, TyC Sports and Idlewild.
The funds collected in this event, around $45,000, were destined for the Integral Assistance programs (nutrition, health and education) benefiting exteremely needy children in Latin America.