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Recap: Philadelphia Style Magazine’s 3rd Annual Polo Cup

Proud owner Sharilyn Gilfillan (hat) with her horse Algeria, whose name means happiness in Spanish. Her daughter Samantha sits on the horse. (Photo credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Proud owner Sharilyn Gilfillan (left) with her horse Algeria, whose name means happiness in Spanish. Her daughter, Samantha, is seated on the horse. Sharon DeAnglis stands in the center. (Photo credit: Malikah Upchurch)

On Saturday, August 18, The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton and the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa competed in, and sponsored, their third annual polo cup at Tinicum Park Polo in Erwinna, PA.

The sky was clear and perfectly sunny, with a subtle breeze, creating an ideal atmosphere to enjoy drinks and food while watching the region’s most talented horses compete. Rastellidirect.com provided delicious sandwiches and fresh seafood. Guests also enjoyed Di Bruno Bros.’s exclusive selection of cheese, meats and deli sandwiches. When guests were ready for desert, chocolate cake pops, cookies, creme brûlée and an assortment of tarts, from the Borgata satisfied their appetites. The food was washed-down with Lamarca‘s sparkling wine, water, and other beverages.

Daniele Cassidy and Stephanie Minix from Keller Williams in Center City. (Photo credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Daniele Cassidy and Stephanie Minix from Keller Williams in Center City. (Photo credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Of course no polo match can be enjoyed without surveying the fashionable guests in attendance. Ladies showcased their finest hats while the handsome men styled in their country club attire, as they danced to the mixes that DJ Eddie Tully provided. Guests also seized the opportunities to view cars from event sponsor Audi.

Borgata won the exciting match with a final score of eight to five, but everyone at Tinicum left winners because of the beautiful clear sky and light breeze they took advantage of on the relaxing summer evening.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. began in the early 1900’s in Boston, started by hotelier Cesar Ritz who was known as “the king of hoteliers and the hotelier to kings,” serving as a benchmark for the hotel that would succeed it. After his death, Albert Keller bought and franchised the name causing it to expand throughout the world. Since then, the hotel remains to embody Ritz’s “Yankee ingenuity and Boston social sensibilities.” The 48-story Residences in Center City combines legendary Ritz-Carlton amenities with care-free living, which makes it a one-of-a-kind location in Philadelphia.

The Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City was opened in 2003 to “rival those once found only in cities such as New York City and Las Vegas.” From upscale restaurants named after famed chefs to classic Italian style-inspired rooms, the Borgata is a model of exclusivity in one of New Jersey’s most visited tourists areas.

David Debnam-Jenkins came on behalf of The Ritz (Photo credit: Malikah Upchurch)

David Debnam-Jenkins came on behalf of The Ritz (Photo credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Eva Pilgrim and Wendy Salzman (Photo credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Eva Pilgrim and Wendy Salzman (Photo credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Algeria with rider, Juan Vidal (Photo credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Algeria with rider, Juan Vidal (Photo credit: Malikah Upchurch)

 

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