It was all good times for a good cause on Sunday at Newport Polo’s second annual All Charity Day Match.  The venue was alive with attendees present to support more than 20 civic and charitable organizations that this year’s match funded, including Boy Scouts of America Narragansett Council, Boys Town New England, Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, Community String Project, Fairways for Warriors, Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Junior League of Boston, Junior League of Rhode Island, Junior League of Worcester, National Autism Association, Newport Hospital, Portsmouth Boy Scouts Troop One, Portsmouth Dog Park, Portsmouth Free Public Library, Portsmouth Youth Lacrosse, Providence Singers, Rebuilding Together Greater Newport, Rhode Island Federation of Garden Club, Suzanne M. Henseler Foundation, Team Red White & Blue Rhode

The venue was alive with attendees present to support more than 20 civic and charitable organizations that this year’s match funded, including Boy Scouts of America Narragansett Council, Boys Town New England, Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, Community String Project, Fairways for Warriors, Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Junior League of Boston, Junior League of Rhode Island, Junior League of Worcester, National Autism Association, Newport Hospital, Portsmouth Boy Scouts Troop One, Portsmouth Dog Park, Portsmouth Free Public Library, Portsmouth Youth Lacrosse, Providence Singers, Rebuilding Together Greater Newport, Rhode Island Federation of Garden Club, Suzanne M. Henseler Foundation, Team Red White & Blue Rhode Islandand Newport County YMCA Special Olympics.

Although not all reports are in yet, the fundraising tallies are over $22,000, which exceeds last year’s results in gross dollars raised and in attendance.

At the benefit match, spectators were not only privy to watching a closely contested match played between the men and the women of Newport Polo, but were also able to engage in activities hosted by the nonprofits involved. Everyone wanted to join the raffles for a chance to win one of the many awesome gift baskets that were available, and place their bids in the silent auctions. The spectators applauded and cheered when Portsmouth Dog Park ran its Dog Parade across the field at half-time. There was so much to do and see, and for most, it was their first time witnessing a polo match.

Representing the Men’s Team, in position #1 was Lars Wahlberg with Alexander King as his alternate, playing #2 was Michel Nseir, position #3 was Brendan Tetreault, and position #4 was Sam Clemens.  Representing the Women’s Team, in position #1 was Amy Rice, in position #2 was Stephanie Still with Laurel Howe as her alternate, position #3 was Jenna Davis, and in position #4 was Minnie Keating.

The 6 chukker match concluded with the women defeating the men with a final score of 9 to 4.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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