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    As promised last Friday 7th August, Waterfront Kitchen was a Big Hit, as an impressive cross-section of Geelong's polo and business community came together to raise funds for national children’s charity, The Smith Family.

    VIP's in attendance at the Big Hit Polo Ball Geelong included Bruce Harwood, Former Mayor and current Councillor of Geelong, Sam McCardel, Mountaineer, Tim Clarke, President of the Australian Polo Federation, Stirling McGregor, International Polo Player and Entrepreneur, Hal Salter, Philanthropist and Melbourne style icon, Andrew Fernyhough, the Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan and Entrepreneur, and Emma Clapham, Creative Director of Who Loves That. Also in attendance was Actress, Sarah Grace from Channel 7’s Winners & Losers and director of Mooregrace Actors Studio was MC for the evening, with Blush Bar Salon and Knock- out Makeup, contributing to her sensational appearance.

    Stewart Lucy, the charismatic international polo player from Kenya set hearts a flutter and also contributed to the evening’s announcements.

    Guest speakers included former Sacred Heart student, now-lawyer Prue Kenny, who notably spent two years working with the United Nations in New York on legal issues arising out of a civil war in Sierra Leone. Ms Kenny delivered an inspirational speech about the importance of a good education and support for children in need. She encouraged all who attended the Ball to give generously to The Smith Family, so that disadvantaged children in “our own backyard” in Geelong can get the right support at the right time.

    “Education should be a staple ‘opportunity’ for all people. Unfortunately it isn’t for all,” she said.

    Lionel Baker, a Geelong student on the cusp of achieving career success as a journalist, spoke about the support he received from The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program in Geelong. Anton Leschen, The Smith Family’s Victorian General Manager, highlighted the charity’s support for more than 500 children and young people in the area, helping them to succeed at school and reach their potential.

    Mr. Sotirios Mourtzas, Businessman and La-Toyah Asha, Model, Humanitarian and Equine enthusiast won the best dressed competition judged by Alan Nelson from Nelson Wine Company of Laurent Perrier Champagne together with MC, Sarah Grace.

    International polo player, Luke O’Leary from Victorian Polo Academy and Bruce Falk from Bruce Falk Property helped drive the auction with fantastic prizes donated by City to Surf Polo, Victorian Polo Academy and Bakers Bridge Polo all of whom run polo schools within twenty minutes from Geelong.

    Following all formalities and complimentary 6ft6 Prosecco on offer from local sponsor, Austins & Co, guests were spontaneously on the dance floor dancing to hit classics, proving that the polo community represented by, international English polo player Corin Gibbs with wife Amber Gibbs from City to Surf Polo, international polo players, Luke O’Leary from Victorian Polo Academy, Dominic McSweeney from QLD Polo Academy, Sam Gairdner from Surf Coast Polo Academy, and local players James Hood and Emma Cox from Hexham Polo Club know how to have a party with all guests reluctant to leave the event festivities.

    Michael Lawrence, event organiser, said "Hal Salter, South Yarra based philanthropist, provided invaluable support and enthusiasm".

    This event would not have achieved its success without the indefatigable support of local polo player and trainer, Michael Lawrence and the wonderful hosting venue, Waterfront Kitchen and sumptuous catering from Truffleduck.

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    Kristy Rundle, Andrew Fernyhough, Ainura Karsybayeva,Natalie Yates, Steven Yates, Emma Nicholson & Russell Howard

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    Prue Kenny, Mary Ajak & Rachel Bell

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    Clockwise: Hal Salter, Sotirios Mourtzas, Sarah Grace, Alan Nelson & La-Toyah Asha

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    Sam McCardel, Hal Salter & Corin Gibbs

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