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Amanda Ivarra is a graduate of Texas A&M University. After graduating with a degree in Health, she moved to Austin and started working for a national non-profit organization. She spent 5 years coordinating community events and programs. After leaving the organization, she started to focus on her creative pursuits. Currently, she is working on developing her own jewelry line. Writing has always been a hobby for Amanda. For most of her life, she’s kept journals. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to take her writing public and began blogging and guest blogging. The one thing this girl can’t live without is music. Not really one to sing or play an instrument, she just loves music. Perhaps, it’s the songwriting that she admires so much or a good beat that she can dance to. Whether she’s attending a concert with friends, hanging out with the guys watching sports, volunteering in the community, hiking or visiting the newest places in town, Amanda lives to enjoy life. But, nothing brings more joy to her than being able to make someone smile or laugh!

Pony Up For Special Olympics Texas At Austin Polo Club

It’s time to pony up and show your support for Special Olympics Texas!  Join the non-profit organization for its inaugural Polo tournament on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Austin Polo ClubPony Up will be a traditional Polo match—big hats and all—that will bring a little glamour to raising awareness and money for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Photo Credit: Pony Up

The “horsing around” begins at 11 a.m.  Delight in light bites from Austin favorites, mingle with polo players and Special Olympics Texas equestrian athletes and listen to the sounds of local artists.  An equestrian exhibition, featuring a local team of equestrian athletes riding to a medley of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, is scheduled at 1:30 p.m., followed by local entertainment and a performance by Austin favorite, Jack Ingram.  Organizers will announce winners of the hat contest, raffle and silent auction at 4 p.m.

General admission tickets are $50 each, and VIP tickets are $100 each.  VIP admission includes access to the VIP tent, swag bags for the first 50 registrants, preferred parking and covered seating alongside celebrity judges for the hat competition and Jack Ingram performance.

(Photo Credit: blurb.com)

All proceeds will benefit the more than 4,500 Special Olympic Texas athletes in the Central Texas area.  Special Olympics Texas is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  It provides continuing opportunities for more than 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

WHERE: Austin Polo Club
13628 Gregg Manor Road
Manor, TX 78653

TICKETS: General admission tickets are $50 each and VIP tickets are $100 each.

DRESS: Dress to impress.  Polo style tips for the ladies and chaps.

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