The Center Polo Classic
The Center Polo Classic, like the organization it supports, is a unique fundraising event bringing something new to the Tulsa philanthropic community. The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges started the event four years ago and its growth is testament to the event experience and the importance of this nonprofit in Tulsa.
The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges has been serving individuals with physical disabilities for 59 years in Tulsa. A one-of-a-kind organization in the nation, The Center provides fitness, recreation, community reintegration and adaptive sports as a Paralympic Sport Club. A Tulsa Area United Way partner agency, The Center still relies mainly on the community for support because the organization does not receive insurance reimbursements or state or federal funding. This is the reason The Center Polo Classic was created in 2013.
Initially a one day, 2 part event, The Polo Classic has turned into a “Weekend Fit for a King” drawing spectators from the Midwest and polo players from all over the country. This year, the event will take place the weekend of June 25 starting with a VIP Reception Friday, June 24, at The Center. This reception for Sponsors and Premier Tailgate participants connects supporters of the event to the organization and its clients (called Center Members). This reception includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, Live Auction and short mission-focused program. Sponsorships range from $15,000 to $300 and include many benefits at both events.
The Polo Match is Saturday, June, 25 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and features the fast-paced action of the “sport of kings” a silent auction, gift-card pull, Gold Cork contest and a kid’s zone. This event is open to all sponsors, tailgaters and general admission ticket holders. Sponsors will have access to a VIP lounge with cooling fans, heavy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary mimosa bar during the match. Prices of tailgates range from $300 – $200 and include a 10×10 tent that one car may be parked under, 4 general admission tickets and the option for catered lunch. General Admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Complimentary champagne and water are available throughout the day.
At halftime of the match there is a Gold Cork contest in which participants may purchase the opportunity go out onto the polo field (which is the size of 9 football fields) to search for a gold champagne cork. Winner will receive a $500 prize. After the cork is found, all in attendance are invited onto the field to stomp the divots while sipping champagne and socializing. Shortly after there will be a kids “Stick & Ball” contest that is free for all children at the event.
The posh atmosphere of this event does not overshadow the reason for this fundraiser, The Center’s mission. At the event, several Center Members are in attendance to enjoy the day and mingle with guests. The mission of The Center is to provide opportunities for individuals with physical challenges to enhance their quality of life. They cannot do this without the support of the community. All attendees of The Center Polo Classic can expect to be impacted by The Center’s mission and feel the appreciation for their support. You never know when the services The Center provides may be needed by you or those you love. No one plans for a life-changing accident or illness, but you can help ensure The Center is here when it is most needed.