By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Teen Cancer America, a national nonprofit with rock and roll roots tracing back to the United Kingdom, will host Rock ’n‘ Polo – Polo To Empower in Pacific Palisades at Will Rogers State Historic Park on Saturday, June 15.
TCA was founded in 2012 by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who.
“Teen Cancer America chose the Palisades because of the idyllic beautiful historic Will Rogers Polo Field, the last remaining polo field in Los Angeles,” TCA Development and Partnerships Director Michelle Aland explained. “From the moment that we saw the field, we were enchanted and wanted to create an annual community event that provides a glamorous day outside enjoying the sport of polo for all ages.”
Aland shared that the community has been “so welcoming and receptive to the event.”
“As soon as we explain the cause, the first question is, ‘How can I be of help?’” Aland said.
The event, featuring British flair, is designed to raise funds and awareness for the TCA mission: to develop specialized facilities and age-specific services that are proven to improve outcomes and survivorship for young adults fighting cancer.
Many Palisades-based organizations have thrown their hats in the ring to help with the upcoming event, including Becky Mancuso-Winding, Marissa Hermer, Caffe Luxxe’s Gary Chau, Dana Goldstein with Serendipity Event Planning & Floral Design, Rebecca Rothstein, Gelson’s and the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce.
“Polo to Empower promises to be a glamorous day filled with live action polo, a spectacular opening performance by special musical guests, gourmet food, open bar and lounge area, raffle prizes and a champagne divot stomp,” a press release reported ahead of the event. “The family-friendly event will also include flower crowns, polo lessons, ice cream, hand massages, henna art, luxury coffees and specialty tea, puppy petting and more. Big hats and festive attire are encouraged.”
TCA encourages attendees to use Lyft and Uber—and to remember sunscreen. The event, which will take place from 12 to 4:30 p.m., is open to all ages.
Event ambassadors include Harry Hudson, Justin Baldoni, Hermer and Victoria Summer. There will be musical performances by Shaun Jacobs, Stevie Redstone and NOURI.
“We are looking forward to an exciting polo match, with beautiful fast polo horses, glamorous guests in big hats dining on fine foods and wine on a sunny day in June,” Aland said. “We will have a party with a purpose for Teen Cancer and have fun while helping others.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit teencanceramerica.org.