Family House Polo

Aug '13 NC web banner-1Dating back to 600 BC, polo is one of the world’s oldest sports. It’s a common game still played often in the U.K and other countries across the globe, however, a polo match isn’t typically experienced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The local nonprofit Family House is proud to bring the “sport of kings” to Pittsburgh year after year as one of the largest charitable polo matches in the country.

 Family House is celebrating thirty years of providing an affordable, comfortable, and convenient place for patients and their families to stay while awaiting medical treatment. In 1983, Family House opened their doors on McKee Place which was the first of their now four hospital hospitality homes. Each home is located near Pittsburgh hospitals where patients from all over the country and the world go to receive top medical care. To date, more than 150,000 families from every state in the nation and from all points around the globe have stayed at Family House. On September 7th, Family House will hold its annual Family House Polo match at Hartwood Acres and celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary. The polo festivities begin at 11 am with tailgating, a silent auction and children’s activities.  At noon the Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Virginia International Polo Club and their competitor, the #1 Cochran Potomac Polo Club, warm up and demonstrate polo shots for those new to the sport. The opening ceremonies start at 1 pm followed by the match at 1:30 pm. At half-time, guests will be invited to come onto the field and stomp the divots to the playing of “Pretty Woman.” At the conclusion of the match, the Family House Cup, Best Playing Pony and the Most Valuable Player awards are handed out at the closing ceremonies.

 This year, Family House is pleased to announce Fifth Third Bank as the presenting sponsor of the Family House Polo Match. In 1948, Fifth Third Bank became the first financial institution in the country to establish a charitable foundation.

 “Fifth Third Bank’s tradition of charitable giving coincides completely with the tradition of Family House Polo,” says Executive Director Bob Howard. “We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate thirty years of Family House with such a recognizable and respected institution as Fifth Third Bank.”

 Family House Polo has always been the charity’s largest fundraising event, bringing in more than 2,000 spectators each year and raising more than $3 million since its inception. Family House Polo has become an end-of-summer tradition in Pittsburgh with the overwhelming and generous support of the dedicated, long-standing sponsors. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and #1 Cochran have been the Polo Team Sponsors for many years and always look forward to the event, which sparks their friendly competition each year.

 “Family House is a charity I’ve been involved with since day one,” says Hoddy Hanna, Owner of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. “The past thirty years have been those of growth for the charity and it’s a treat to get together each year in September to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of Family House and to know that we have played a significant role in their fundraising efforts,” says Hanna.

 “Family House is a terrific Pittsburgh-based charity that has helped hundreds of thousands of people in medical crisis each year. Patients and their families travel to our city for the best medical care and I’m honored and proud to be a part of it in some way. #1 Cochran has been a Polo Team Sponsor for many years and we look forward to our continued support of Family House for many decades to come,” says Rob Cochran, Owner of #1 Cochran.

 The day-long fun kicks off with the on-field vintage car display and activities in the Children’s Tent, such as face painting, finger casting and games. Spectators can look forward to the new Sip, Savor & Shop tent where they can purchase food and drinks while browsing boutique shopping booths.

Family House invites all to join them for a fun day of sport, activities, entertainment, and refreshments while raising funds for Pittsburgh’s “Home Away from Home.” For more information please visit www.familyhouse.org or call (412) 647-POLO.