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Elizabeth Kane is the President of CharityChicks US, the philanthropic connector for young professionals comprised of young socials, entrepreneurs, and business leaders in Washington, DC. She was named one of DC’s Most Dynamic Women by DC Magazine, and her organization has been featured in Capitol File, The Georgetowner, The Washington Post, NBC, and multiple philanthropy blogs. She is one of DC’s most notable young philanthropists, and devotes her time to working with non-profit leadership to engage the future generation of donors, and help connect them to corporations that will support their mission. She established CharityChicks US as a top fundraiser for rare cancer research, most recently for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In addition, she serves as the Chair of the Arts and Education initiatives for CharityChicks US, and Ambassador for The Washington Literacy Center. Elizabeth received her BBA from the George Washington University School of Business. She is an Interior Decorator for The Kellogg Collection, and is pursuing a Masters in Historical Preservation.

Recap: The Eco-Gala And 7th Annual Green Cup Polo Match

Dr. Robert T. Do & Nina Bapraw (Photo Credit: Mark Kanawati)

Dr. Robert T. Do & Nina Bapraw (Photo Credit: Mark Kanawati)

Last weekend we floated into The Ritz-Carlton on South Street to see a room full of handsome men half dressed in polo gear and topped off in tuxes. What a sight! On their arms? Dazzling women wearing gowns by designer Elizabeth St. John. The Eco- Gala and 7th Annual Green Cup were chaired by Dr. Robert T. Do, CEO of Solena Fuels Corporation and president of the Capital Polo Club. Fashionably noted was model, Nina Bapraw elegantly attired in a stunning fuchsia gown with hair perfectly primped, and gave us a very warm welcome into the ballroom. The event brought together some of Washington D.C.’s most elite entrepreneurs, polo players, high net-worth investors and philanthropic socials to raise awareness about climate change and other environmental issues.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Joanne Ivancic, executive director of Advanced Biofuels USA. She explained that she became connected with Solena Fuels at 16th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo + Forum this past June when her company’s table was next to Solena’s. The conversation continued and Advanced Biofuels USA, a non-profit educational organization that advocates for advanced biofuels as energy security, was named the beneficiary of the 2013 Eco-Gala. Past beneficiaries have included ACORE, Earth Echo and Global Green. Spotted next was Ray Regan, veteran polo player and world traveler, who explained to us the significance of the Green Cup Polo event: “…it is the first polo match of its kind, and makes us all more responsible and aware of our carbon footprints.” The event concluded with a fashion show by Elizabeth St. John Designs and included models rocking elegant gowns while keeping up the pace to DJ Oz, the entertainer for the evening.

Joanna Ivancic & Bob Kozak (Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

Joanna Ivancic & Bob Kozak (Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

Days later we met up with the popular polo crowd again at the Capitol Polo Club in Poolesville, Md. for an afternoon of socializing, sipping and serious polo fun! We entered the grounds and were greeted by fabulous food trucks, which included the trendy Linda’s Luncheonette and summer favorite, Captain Cookie & the Milkman. We trotted over to the polo club in our equestrian outfits and walked to the VIP section and into a sea of seersucker, and men in their polo whites. Miss Maryland sang the national anthem, and the match concluded with a celebrity shoot out to show guests just how difficult polo really is! Sponsors included: Honest Tea, Liberation Capital, Honeywell, Four Gates, VM Ware and Solena Fuels.

To find out more about the Annual Green Cup please visit their website at greencuppolo.com.

The Capitol Polo Club  (Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

The Capitol Polo Club
(Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

Front: Kaylen Amiss & Ray Regan Back: Liz Barnett, Michael Brody, Lauren Culbertson, David Tafuri, Defender Polo, Dr. Robert T. Do & Nina Bapraw (Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

Front: Kaylen Amiss & Ray Regan Back: Liz Barnett, Michael Brody, Lauren Culbertson, David Tafuri, Defender Polo, Dr. Robert T. Do & Nina Bapraw (Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

(Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

(Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

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