Haute couture, grande cuisine & French Riviera glam are the inspirations for Bal du Soleil, the social climax of the polo season on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, with the French Polo Team to support newportFilm.

Hosted by Newport Polo, the annual sell-out event draws nearly 400 generous and fun-loving attendees to make a red carpet entrance inspired by French Riviera glamour for a night of exquisite gourmet cuisine, dancing and heart-warming philanthropy, to welcome international guests of honor, the French Polo Team, and support the 2016 beneficiary, newportFilm.

newportFILM is a year-round documentary film series that brings powerful messages and engaging experiences to the Newport community. This worthy organization connects our community to the world around us and inspires us to rise above ourselves. Films screened at unique locations across Aquidneck Island are curated from festivals around the world and represent the work of established and emerging filmmakers. Harnessing the power of film to inspire, motivate, entertain and create change, newportFILM presents year–round programming and dialogue on the issues that matter in our lives. More about newportFilm.

Tickets are now available at www.nptpolo.com for the popular event that will begin with a pre-gala Cocktail Meet & Greet with the French Team at the chic Forty 1° North, then on to Rosecliff for the main event that includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails created by the Cocktail Guru, a highly anticipated Silent Auction in which a carefully curated collection of unique items & exclusive opportunities will be offered for the highest bidder, a seated gourmet dinner in the gilded ballroom, a whirlwind Live Auction by Sotheby’s auctioneer, who will offer up the night’s crown jewels, and dancing to a live orchestra until the stroke of midnight . The odyssey’s finale ascends to the Skybar atop Clarke Cooke House for a last dance.

Gala lodging is provided by the Official Gala Hotel, Forty 1° North, Newport’s newest waterfront destination, state-of-the-art Hotel and Marina, for beautifully appointed lodgings, extraordinary service, exciting restaurants and chic lounges – everything you’d expect in a world class resort. Ranked #9 Best Hotels in the Northeast by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards. Located at 351 Thames Street, Newport, 401-846-8018.

16 years and counting, the International Polo Charity Ball is the social highlight of the polo season. The weekend’s festivities continue the next day when the international guests of honor take to the polo field to compete against USA in the Newport International Polo Series on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 5pm. The match concludes with an authentic New England Lobsterbake prepared by legendary bake masters from McGrath’s Clambakes. For all upcoming events, visit www.nptpolo.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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