On June 8 the fifth annual Polo for the Planet event was held at Prestonwood Polo and Country Club. Produced by the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas, this year’s eco-educational event had a twist to it. Polo for the Planet has been referred to as a “fun-raiser” as the focus is awareness for all things environmentally safe and friendly, rather than fundraising. This year the public was encouraged to bring donations of food for the North Texas Food Bank in recognition of the global conference on nutrition for growth sponsored by the UK and Brazil to fund a trilateral initiative to fight malnutrition in the poorest parts of the world on the same date.
At only $10 a person or a sack of non-perishable food items for donation, the price was perfect for a family fun day in the sun. Children enjoyed the bounce house and the complimentary Frisbees, given out by sponsor Toyota of McKinney. The “Green” Pavilion saw lots of shopping with vendors offering handmade items from recycled goods to chemical-free safe soaps, and organic foods and cocktails. Yes, organic cocktails! Veev Acai Spirit was generous with samples of refreshing recipes made with the worlds first carbon neutral spirit. The Electric Car Company and Toyota of McKinney’s energy-saving Prii delivered the traditional champagne divot stomp to the field where the complimentary glass of champagne was topped off with a splash of Veev by LPA members Judith Aronson, Julie Harris Krause, Dena Miller, event chair Shannon Scott and Veev sponsor Sean Norris.
There was plenty of thoroughbred action as guests gathered in the pavilion for the Belmont stakes live on flat screen right before the polo teams took to the field. An exciting six goal game was won by the Prestonwood home team. A “shoot out” to break a tie had Dallas’ own Vaughn Miller with two goals, Brent Mirkitani from Hawaii with two goals, and Sain Joseph from the Dominican Republic with two goals and young Interscholastic player Vaughn Sebastian Miller had no goals. There are just two weekends of Spring Polo Season at Prestonwood with these amazing players before they move on to their next seasonal polo destination.