In Baltimore, a Catholic Charity run hot meal program serving 700 meals daily. Plus an employment center. For the past ten years, the Lewis family of Clarksville has sponsored a fun polo match day to raise money for the center. To date, they had already raised over $450,000. This year’s event was the tenth and “final” match day, as they are retiring as hosts.
We were fortunate to win a tailgate pass at the silent auction last May, at the annual Wine in the Garden HC Conservancy fund raiser. The Lewis family had donated the pass.
I wish we had taken the opportunity to attend this amazing day in years past, as it was truly a special experience. One that almost transcends time.
It’s fun to watch the players on their mounts, but it’s also fun to watch the spectators.
We got to divot stomp. We met some really nice people. Got up close and personal with beautiful horses.
Thanks to the Doetsch family who provides their field for the event. They live just across Rte. 32 from the Lewis family, who live on Ten Oaks Rd. The original site of the matches, before they outgrew the fields just off the Ten Oaks/Brighton Dam circle.
We took friends with us to tailgate.
We wandered around to see the horses.
We stomped divots at the break between matches.
We brought local foods and wine to enjoy while watching.
I do hope they find some support to keep the traditional going. Thanks to Mary Agnes Lewis and her family for their long standing support of Our Daily Bread. As I understand, she has been volunteering in some form or another for more than 30 years.
She is truly a wonderful Howard Countian.