Great Futures Polo Day Raises $300,000 To Support Local Children

Nacho Figueras, Jaene Miranda and Nic Roldan. Photo by Jacek Photography

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County hosted its ninth annual Great Futures Celebrity Polo Charity Cup & Brunch on Sunday, March 6 at the Grand Champions Polo Club, raising $300,000 to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington.

Marc and Melissa Ganzi and Olexa Celine led the charge as co-chairs for the fundraising event. The annual event was held to honor longtime supporter of the Wellington club, the late Neil S. Hirsch.

“Our annual Great Futures Polo Day event was even more special this year because we were able to honor Neil and the impact he has had on the community,” President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Jaene Miranda said. “We are always honored to have our supporters gather to benefit our club children and to continue the legacy that Neil left behind.”

Grand Champions was the host of the afternoon’s celebrity polo match featuring honorary event chairs Nacho Figueras and Nic Roldan.

Team Grand Champions featuring Figueras took home the title, winning the overall competition. The Equuleus team came in second place, Aspen Valley came in third place and Sebilion came in fourth place.

The celebrity polo match was followed by a lunch at the new Grand Champions Pavilion. Guests gathered to participate in a dynamic live auction that featured polo in Aspen, a WhipJets private jet charter and the most sought-after item of the day, Nacho Figueras autographed game-worn jerseys and lessons. The Wellington Youth of the Year runner-up Alonza Lloyd shared his club experience with the audience in an impressively eloquent speech.

This year’s sponsors included Olexa Celine of Sebilion Farm, Joe and Diana Di Menna of the Equuleus Polo Team, Marc and Melissa Ganzi of the Grand Champions Polo Club and Aspen Valley Polo, Dr. Laura DeLuca, Land Rover Palm Beach, Polo Gear, the Desich Family, PNC Bank, the Wellington Agency, BMO Wealth Management, Roberto Coin and WhipJets.