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Point Clear Charities Donates $100,000 from the Proceeds of the 2011 Polo at the Point
February 07, 2012


Presenting and accepting a $100,000 gift split between Mercy’s Guardian Angel Program and Thomas Hospital’s Pediatric Home Care are presenting sponsors of this year’s Polo at the Point event, Point Clear Charities board chair and staff members of Mercy Medical and Thomas Hospital. Pictured from left front row are Michael Herzog, Grand Hotel Marriott’s Director of Food and Beverage; Debbie Weeks, Grand Hotel Marriott’s Direct of Event Management; Russ Ford, Executive Vice President and Regional President of IBERIABANK; standing from left are Jake Bell, CEO and President of Mercy Medical; David Clark, General Manager of Grand Hotel Marriott; Travis Goodloe, PCC Board Chair; Kathy Baugh, Vice President of Thomas Hospital’s Foundation Services; Donna Wilhelm, Mercy’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing; and William McLaughlin, Executive Vice President of Infirmary Health, Administrator for Thomas Hospital.

Board members of Point Clear Charities (PCC) recently presented a total of $100,000 from the proceeds of the 2011 Polo at the Point to its main beneficiaries Guardian Angel, Mercy Medical’s pediatric home care program and Thomas Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation program. Each program received $50,000. Since 1988, Polo at the Point has raised millions of dollars that benefited cancer research, local non-profit organizations, and children’s charities.

The 2011 Polo at the Point event had many returning sponsors including Presenting Sponsors Grand Hotel Marriott and IBERIABANK; Team Sponsors Dream Ranch and Pilot Catastrophe Services, Inc; Players’ Party Sponsor: Schwing Bioset; Luncheon Sponsors: Tressler Financial Group, Mercedes Benz of Mobile, Precision IBC; and Cooper Restaurants: BLUEGILL Restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Felix’s Fish Camp. Other tent sponsors included Sonny-Hill Polo, Clearwater Polo, Win’s Warriors, La-Z-Boy, Blue Rents, Sadies, Wildflower and Gigis & Jays.

Polo at the Point is recognized as the Gulf Coast’s most prestigious charity sporting event because of its world class polo, gourmet cuisine, champagne, divot stomping, tailgating, silent auction, tent designer showcase and halftime show. This year marked the Second Annual Luncheon Designer Challenge. Four local designers, Carl Clark of Southern Veranda Flower and Gift Gallery; Lenae Cleveland Denson of Cleveland the Florist; Rene Mashburn of Green Gates; and January Williams, Interior Designer for Infirmary Health, competed for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Williams’ tent won the challenge receiving the most votes with her ‘Welcome To Point Clear’ theme. Pearls and oyster shells embellished chandeliers and swaths of sea glass colored fabric draped the tents.

“It has been another great year for Polo at the Point. It takes a lot of commitment from generous sponsors, supporters, international polo players, dedicated committee members and volunteers to make this event a success. What a great event it is when so many come together to enjoy a wonderful day of festivities, the elegant tents, and excellent polo all while supporting such worthy causes in our community,” stated Travis Goodloe, chairman of the PCC board.

Mercy’s Guardian Angel program supports critically and terminally ill children in their homes. Patients range from birth to 17 years of age, and suffer from cystic fibrosis, leukemia, other cancers and diseases, or severe conditions resulting from a birth defect or injury. Guardian Angel is one of the first and only programs that provides home healthcare, palliative care and hospice care to children in Mobile and Baldwin counties and serves any child in need, no matter of their family’s ability to pay.

Thomas Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program provides comprehensive care to children who require occupational, physical, and speech therapy. The program meets the unique needs of patients – ages birth through adolescence – diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hearing impairment, muscular dystrophy and other disorders. The state-of-the-art program provides a safe environment for children with special needs to work on their strength, coordination and balance.

PCC announced the 2012 Polo at the Point is scheduled on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo Complex in Point Clear, Ala. and the Players’ Party is scheduled on Friday night, October 19, 2012 with location to be announced. For more information on Polo at the Point, visit www.poloatthepoint.com.