The History of Benefit Polo
Polo to benefit charities in our community has been a tradition for more than 100 years. Dating back to October of 1893 when the first benefit was played for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis players and their mounts have performed to thrill spectators and support worthwhile organizations. The players and sponsors of Saint Louis Polo Club are very proud of the heritage of giving back to the community.
Partnership is what the sport of polo is all about. It’s an alliance between the player and the horse, and it’s also a connection made between teammates. Partnerships with local charities help build a strong and thriving community by responding to the needs of others. Through collaborative efforts, the Saint Louis Polo Club hopes to continue that synergy that has already been established.
The Saint Louis Polo Club is humbled and grateful to continue the long tradition of giving back, of building forward, and contributing to the fabric of gracious generosity which is a hallmark of the heartland.
If you are interested in becoming involved with Saint Louis Benefit Polo, please contact Susie von Gontard at 314.941.5681.
“I have played polo with carpenters, teachers, high school students, housewives, an insurance agent, a dentist, a farmer, retirees, and young children. There is a misconception that polo is strictly elite. Club polo is very welcoming. Anyone can jump in who wants to play.” – Steve Johnson, President of Saint Louis Benefit Polo
Saint Louis Benefit Polo Partnering Charities
Care to Learn
Edgewood Children’s Center
Endangered Wolf Center
Epworth Children and Family Services
Eureka Veterans Memorial
Gateway to Hope
Junior League of St. Louis
Mercy Hospital St. Louis
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Ronald McDonald House Charities
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Stray Rescue of St. Louis
The National Children’s Cancer Society
TREE House of Greater St. Louis