When sisters Saville and Lilia Sullivan were each diagnosed with different types of brain cancer within three weeks of one another, founders of the Atlanta-based Polo in the Pines organization felt called to help. Polo in the Pines exists to fund specific cancer research and provide family support through an annual charity partner and beneficiary. Saville, 20, and Lilia,17, have spent the last year courageously facing surgeries and treatments side-by-side at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Emotionally and dutifully called, Polo in the Pines selected the Sullivan sisters to be their 2017 honorees with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as the beneficiary to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research.
The organization’s annual charity polo weekend will take place at the Atlanta Polo Club on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8. The lively two-day fundraiser will be filled with inspiration, polo tournaments and delicious food and cocktail samplings. Guests of Saturday’s elegant, high-style event will enjoy an incredible silent and live auction, champagne sabering and the iconic “stomping of the divots.” On Sunday, the Atlanta Polo Brunch Festival brings the best of Atlanta’s brunch restaurants competing for your vote to win the “Best Brunch Bite.” Emmy winner and celebrity chef judge Lara Lyn Carter will join to reveal the winners.
In May, Polo in the Pines officially established the Sharon McCollum Knight, Polo in the Pines Pediatric Cancer Research Fund with the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation. Sharon, who lost her battle to cancer in July, is the mother of Polo in the Pines founder Tina Fowler and was the initial inspiration for Polo in the Pines. The purpose is to focus funding on specific cancer research imperatives to bring tangible results. In honor of Saville and Lilia, the 2017 Polo in the Pines proceeds are dedicated specifically to pediatric brain tumor research. Dr. Tobey MacDonald, Director and Aflac Chair, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program, leads the brain cancer research program and the collaborative efforts of Georgia Tech, Emory, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and others who contribute to this critical mission.
As this year’s charity weekend nears, the mission of Polo in the Pines inspired local businesses to help further the cause. Specifically, Granite Telecommunications, a communications services provider for businesses, and Kendra Scott at Avalon took action to raise awareness and funds for the organization. Granite Telecommunications prioritizes philanthropy within the company and organized a “Wear Jeans to Work Day” allowing employees to pay to dress down at the office. From their comfort-inspired fundraiser, the company raised over $5,600 that will go directly to Polo in the Pines. Additionally, Kendra Scott, a jewelry company built on family, fashion and philanthropy, hosted a Kendra Gives Back party in honor of Saville and Lilia. Employees of the Kendra Scott store at Avalon learned about Saville and Lilia’s story, invited the girls to design their own unique jewelry pieces and hosted a special evening of shopping for the girls, their friends and family. Through this evening of giving, the store donated 20% of jewelry sale proceeds to benefit Polo in the Pines. Drawing nearly 50 attendees, Saville and Lilia’s Kendra Gives Back Party raised nearly $3,000.
Tickets for the Polo in the Pines Charity Polo Weekend are currently available! For more information on tickets, sponsorship opportunities, the 2017 honorees and beneficiary, see PoloInThePines.com. For more information on how you can be part of Polo in the Pines, please contact Margaret Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lifestyle Publications is the proud media sponsor for the third year.