Aspen Valley Polo Club hosts Aspen Valley Hospital at charity polo match |

Aspen Valley Polo Club hosts Aspen Valley Hospital at charity polo match

(Left to Right) Aspen Valley Polo Club owner Melissa Ganzi, Event Chair Sally Sakin, and AVHF President Deborah Breen.

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Deborah Breen, President & CEO Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

I have known Marc and Melissa Ganzi for several years and have always enjoyed attending the polo matches throughout the summer. It was just a few weeks ago that I, with one of my dear friends Sally Sakin, was on the sidelines at a polo game when Melissa offered to do an upcoming game to benefit the hospital. From that moment, Sally agreed to chair the event and we mobilized and put this together very quickly — we didn’t want to miss out on such an incredible opportunity to partner with Aspen Valley Polo Club.

With the wheels in motion, Sunday August 14 was Aspen Valley Hospital Day (AVH) at the beautiful Aspen Valley Polo Club at our first-ever Hospital charity polo match! There was a record crowd on hand and event-goers enjoyed free general admission, and those making a $125 donation (in honor of the Hospital’s 125th birthday) gained special VIP access. The event, entitled “Chukkers, Champagne and Caviar,” was a huge success and all proceeds from ticket sales benefitted Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation (AVHF).

Chukker TV was also on hand to broadcast the games live. The recap of the games included a close win by Los Amigos over Tonkawa at the 11 am game, followed by the finals of the Mount Sopris Cup at 1 pm, where the Steta Polo team took bragging rights over its competitor, Flexjet. All of the winning team members graciously participated in a live auction, with the highest bidder for the player presenting awards and having a great photo opportunity with the player!

AVHF was also able to secure donations from several, local businesses including Amen Wardy, Aspen Film Festival, Aspen Fur and Shearling, Aspen Meadows, Aspen Skiing Company, bb’s restaurant, Bloomingbirds, Bosq, Cos Bar, Daniel Oyvetsky, Elliott Yeary Gallery, Josefina Gordh Art & Design, Hotel Jerome, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Joan Engler, Limelight Hotel, Maison Ullens, Nuages, Pitkin County Dry Goods, Tara Hornburg, Sally Sakin, Sharon Thaden, Susan Carrolan Millinery, and St. Regis. Between the silent and live auctions, the Hospital raised over $17,000!

AVHF is always looking for opportunities to partner with the community and host events that allow people to have fun while also supporting such a worthy cause. Special thanks also to Caribou Club and Clark’s Market who worked together to provide the food, along with Grey Lady who helped to gather the wine and champagne. It was a true community effort and so many businesses and individuals worked together to be part of this terrific day. All of the proceeds from the event will help support AVH’s master facilities project. The campaign tracker is just over the $36 million mark and counting!

We remain extremely grateful for the continued support from so many in our community.

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