Polo for Patients
By the time the last “chucker” had been played at the June 9 Polo for Patients event, more than $500,000 dollars had been raised. The biennial charity event benefits our Patients Assistance Fund. The fund is a way to help patients and their families who sometime arrive at the hospital with only but the clothes they are wearing.
"It’s incredibly important to have this resource for our patients,” said Glenn A. Fosdick, president and CEO. “Our patients come from outside Omaha, across Nebraska and around the world. The money raised at this event will help those patients and their families by helping pay for lodging, gas and food."
Polo for Patients began in 2008 and has grown each time. This year, 900 people attended the charity event. Many of the ladies attending wore fancy hats purchased just for this purpose.
"We really enjoy coming over here because it’s a good cause," said Jon Moeller of the Des Moines Polo Club. "People here really get behind it. It’s a good feeling to be part of all this." Players from the Des Moines Polo Club split in two teams, representing Valmont Industries and First National Bank. The First National Bank team won a very close match, scoring a point in an overtime shootout.
First National Bank chairman Bruce Lauritzen and his wife, Gerry, were the honorary chairs of this year’s event. Lexus of Omaha was the presenting sponsor. The display of new Lexus automobiles drew many of the men’s eyes, especially the $453,000 Lexus LFA sports car, which was on display.
Planning will soon begin for Polo for Patients 2014. "It’s been a fabulous process because we’ve grown every year," said Randall Hallett, executive director of the Office of Development. "People start asking months in advance when the next event will be. Omaha is incredibly philanthropic and what I love about this event is there really is nothing else like it."