Orange Regional Medical Center, Alzheimer’s Association and Donnelly to be Honored at Elant’s 10th Polo Picnic

Polo Picnic planned for Sept. 11

Goshen, N.Y. (Aug. 31, 2011) – The Elant Foundation will celebrate its 10th year of hosting its Polo Picnic at the Blue Sky Farms on Sunday, September 11th. This unique fundraiser is a fashionable departure from the typical black tie gala, from an outdoor setting to an active sporting event taking place at the same time. Guests enjoy fine dining, and hats are all the rage for women and men to be judged. Elant’s annual event bestows honor on local businesses and individuals for their significant roles and contributions to our region.


Polo has become fast growing in popularity amongst Americans in recent years. Polo is prevalent in Dutchess County and Connecticut. Prince William made game-changing moves against his opponents during a fundraising match in Los Angeles and receiving the winning cup from his wife, Catherine. The Greenwich Polo Victory Cup just attracted more than a thousand guests recently. There’s champagne, the fashion scene, Nacho Figueras, hat contests, Polo Ralph Lauren and divot-stomping on the field with the players at halftime. What’s not to like?


Polo, a sport that dates back to 600 B.C. across Europe and the Middle East, is gaining momentum in the U.S. The Financial Times reported in July that polo popularity in the U.S. is now at a 10-year high, as the U.S. Polo Association has reached 4,100 members.


The next big event is the 10th annual Elant Polo Picnic fundraiser in September. The Elant Polo Picnic will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Blue Sky Polo Club in Wallkill, N.Y. More than 200 guests gather each year to honor the annual award recipients and enjoy a unique experience while benefitting the Elant Foundation and Elant residents.


Proceeds will be directed to this year’s fundraising campaign “Bridging Generations, Making Connections,” whereby Elant shall enhance environments and incorporate technology resources for residents to communicate with loved ones far away, as well as software to enhance the cognition of residents suffering with dementia.


The Polo Picnic is a semiformal event steeped in the Traditions of Polo, with sheeth dresses, glamorous hats being worn by women and men in jackets. There is champagne, hors d’oevres, fine dining, an auction and polo match. Argentinian horses and regional players provide the opportunity to see a sport that is unknown or never seen by many. The day marries an aggressive sporting event with first-class dining by Holberts Catering of Montgomery in a sophisticated atmosphere. It is a unique challenge, but one which has set Elant apart from other regional fundraisers.


“As you can see, this isn’t the typical not-for-profit annual gala or fundraiser,” said Melissa McCoy, Director of Corporate Initiatives with Elant, Inc. and the Elant Foundation. “We are pleased to have David MacFarland serving as our Honorary Chair, as we recognize Orange Regional Medical Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and Michael Donnelly with their awards.


New this year is an online auction of items, which opens up bidding to people nationwide at At the Polo Picnic, guests can participate in the traditional silent auction and live auction as well


This year’s sponsors include the Presenting sponsor, Med-World Pharmacy, an OmniCare Company, and Mallet sponsors, Armistead Mechanical, Inc., O’Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins, LLP, and Provident Bank & Hudson Valley Investment Advisors.


“We are extremely grateful to Chuck Elmes for allowing us use of his property as he has done for the entire 10 years we have held this event,” McCoy said.


Respectful of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the event will have a dignified tribute to those who had died with an honor guard and bagpipes in a presentation of the American Flag.

Honorees of the event

The event will honor Orange Regional Medical Center with Elant’s Flame of Excellence Award, the Alzheimer’s Association with the Elant Signature Award, and Michael Donnelly, Esq., with the Tree of Life Award.


Orange Regional Medical Center, Elant Flame of Excellence Award – Given to a person or organization that has inspired leadership and dedication to improving the lives of others, Orange Regional is opening the first new hospital in the state in more than 20 years. The opening is sure to change the face of health care in the Hudson Valley for generations.


Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association, Elant Signature Award – Given to a person or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing health care and housing for the elderly through philanthropy, vision and communication, the Alzheimer’s Association chapter serves an escalating number of residents affected with Alzheimer’s. The local chapter, when it started in 1982, estimated 9,000 Orange County residents having the disease. Today, there are 75,000.


Michael Donnelly, Esq., Elant Tree of Life Award – In addition to many other outside activities, Mr. Donnelly is being honored for his long-term dedication and committed leadership to the Elant system. He served on the Board of Directors of Elant, Inc. for 20 years (1990-2010) and served as chairman for many years.


For reservations or sponsorship information, visit the Web site at, contact Melissa at or call the Elant Foundation at 845-360-1410.