Event Honored Special Guests Dame Helen Boehm and Bill Ylvisaker and Celebrated Latin-Style with the Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 24, 2008) – The International Polo Club Palm Beach was invigorated by the sounds of mariachis and the Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra on March 9, as more than 400 people enjoyed delicious food, great company and a lavish setting created by Floral Emporium that embodied polo and the American Red Cross—at the 18th Annual Polo Luncheon & Auction.

Guests of honor included Dame Helen Boehm, who was given the honorable Clara Barton Award after a video presentation on her life achievements, Red Cross involvement and polo history was viewed. Bill Ylvisaker was also honored for his vision of starting an equestrian community, which has hosted and enabled the American Red Cross to raise much needed funds for the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter. The past Red Cross Polo Luncheons were held at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club which Ylvisaker started and he was instrumental in using the club’s resources for the benefit of the American Red Cross. In addition to the honorees, President Vincente Fox, former president of Mexico, and First Lady, Marta Fox, were seated at the head table. Having flown in specifically for the American Red Cross event, President Fox expressed his feelings on the importance of the organization both in Palm Beach and worldwide.

“It was an honor to join our friends the Puopolos and the Fanjuls at this spectacular Red Cross event,” said Vincente Fox. “Marta and my vision of helping humanity worldwide is in perfect accord with the American Red Cross mission and we fully support the hard work and dedication of all the many supporters both in Palm Beach and around the world.”

Thanks to the dedicated service of Committee members—Denise and Brad Alexander, Event General Chairmen; Carlos Gracida, honorary polo chair and world-renown, 10-goal polo player; Deborah Landon-O’Kain, honorary chair; Gale Brophy, chair emerita; Leslie Ginn, auction chair; David Miller, honorary auction chair; Seneca Moss Reynolds, junior chair; Julie & Howard Rudolph, Mary Frances Turner and Mary Frances Smoak Walde & Bill Walde, Palm Beach co-chairmen; Tanya & Jason Shinn and Anita & Terry Schrubb, Wellington co-chairmen; Rachel E. Pinedo and Sonia Tita Puopolo, Miami co-chairmen and Timothy Albrecht, auction maestro—this year’s luncheon and auction turned out to be a stunning event that highlighted the true humanitarian efforts of the American Red Cross.

Other honored guests, dedicated supporters of the American Red Cross, and annual attendees of the Polo Luncheon, Mr. and Mrs. Carl S. Forsythe III, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence DeGeorge, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Vecellio, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Butler completed the guest list. Other guests of honor included Pengrowth Management, Robin Azqueta, and Barry Kaye Associates.

“It was a wonderful afternoon and sold-out event,” said Denise Alexander. “I want to thank everyone on the committee and all of our wonderful guests for their help to make this event so unique and successful.”

Guests were treated to an overflowing lunch buffet including: Gourmet salads, carving stations with an array of sauces to complement the fine cuts of meat, a spectacular bread table filled with homemade rolls, pastries, muffins and other delights, pasts dishes and fresh seafood. A separate dessert buffet featured a crepe station preparing delectable creations to order, delicious cakes and tartlets, and a cappuccino cart.

Floral Emporium, who provided all of the floral centerpieces and spectacular arrangements in the tent, weaved in elements of elegance within the décor, including sparkling white linens, exquisite table settings and custom-designed beaded lighting fixtures.

The silent and live auction, hosted by veteran broadcaster and auctioneer Bob Nichols, included posh getaways, fabulous jewels and rare mink coats: Three-piece custom coral jewelry ensemble designed exclusively for the American Red Cross by Adeler Jewelers; brilliant diamond hoop earrings; a blue iris female pelt mink coat and more. Just outside the tent, attendees enjoyed a spectacular display of luxury vehicles provided by Lamborghini of Palm Beach and Steve Levine of Palm Beach Exotic Collection.

The event sponsorship team included: Adeler Jewelers; L + D Events; Ross Andrews- Aspen Jewelry Design; Dame Helen Boehm; Brownie McLean; Volkswagen of America, Inc.; Bacardi USA; Barton & Gray Mariners Club; Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary; Blue Martini; Boca Raton Resort & Club; Countess Yolande de Bonvouloir; FLOR; Grand Villa Serbelloni; Hassler Roma, Rome; Mrs. Jasmine Horowitz; Invostar; JA, Jamba Juice; Joseph Maguire; Terri Mersentes; Little Munich German Restaurant; Lizard-Ville; Ralph Lauren; Deborah Rand-Bial; Rubi Rey Rum; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rudolph; Starbucks; Turchin Properties; Mary Frances Turner; Village Market, Manalapan; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Walde; Mr. and Mrs. Rodin Younessi; Dunkin Donuts; The Gardens Mall; KaBloom of Wellington; Miami Cigar & Company; Summit Hypnosis Centers; Veronica Atkins; Bimini Bay Resort & Casino; Floral Emporium, Inc.; Gale Brophy; Joan Friedland; Leblon Pure Cane Cachaça; Seneca Moss Reynolds; Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Ortiz; Pascale Duwat Intérieurs and Spark PR.

For more information, call 561-833-7711 or visit http://www.redcross-pbc.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers who provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For 90 years, the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter, which includes Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties, has been providing shelter for families during a hurricane, flood or fire, and teaching First Aid, CPR, AIDS Prevention and Water Safety. To learn more about the work of the Red Cross in communities, or to make a donation, please call 561-833-7711 or visit the Website at: http://www.redcross-pbc.org.

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