Polo matches always seem like high-class events exclusive to Hamptons’ folk, but this Saturday, June 22, there will be a match on the North Fork to raise money for the 4-H camp that was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The match is presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County.
The Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp is the oldest 4-H camp in New York, established in 1924. The camp runs summer programs that offer activities like arts and crafts, cooking, farm and horticulture, and more to the youth of the North Fork.
Unfortunately, the camp was hit hard by Sandy this past year and experienced significant damages that are not covered by insurance. 100 percent of the proceeds from the polo match will go directly the nonprofit.
A polo match seems like a perfect fit, as the 4-H camp is one of the oldest institutions that provides an equestrian program for the growing children of Long Island.
The event begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and in addition to the polo match there will be local wine, cuisine and live music. The main entertainer of the day is Mark Marshak, world-traveling jazz and blues artist. The opening act is Spicy Tuna, a Riverhead acoustic trio.
There will also be a silent auction, raffles, activities for children and more.
Tickets for the Cornell 4-H Cup Charity Polo Benefit are $50 each in advance and $60 at the door. They include dinner and drinks. To purchase tickets or make a general donation, call (516) 779-1189. The camp is located at 3186 Sound Avenue in Riverhead.
Photo of Nick Aliano courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County