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Presenting and accepting a $100,000 donation to Guardian Angel, the fundraising program for Mercy’s pediatric home care are from left (sitting) Clint, Jill and Eliza Johnson; Hope, Ivee, Brittney, and Ethan Foley; (kneeling) Donna Wilhelm; (standing) Kim Campbell, Linda Lou Parsons, Sister Marilyn Graf, RSM, Travis Goodloe, Jake Bell, Sherry-Lea Bloodworth, Russ Ford, Dawn Pilot, (front) Cecilia Mace, John Bell, Jamie Leatherbury, and Susan Cox.

Point Clear Charities Donates $100,000 to Mercy Medical’s Guardian Angel Program

On Thursday, December 3, 2009, board members of Point Clear Charities presented $100,000 to Mercy’s Guardian Angel Program, the fundraising program supporting the costs of pediatric home care services provided by Mercy Medical. Point Clear Charities designated Mercy’s Guardian Angel Program to be the main beneficiary of Polo at the Point, the Gulf Coast’s most prestigious charity sporting event. Since 1988, Polo at the Point has raised millions of dollars that benefited cancer research, local non-profit organizations, and children’s charities.

Sponsors of Polo at the Point event included presenting sponsors IberiaBank and Dragon Fly Boatworks, LLC.; team sponsors Ferguson, Grand Hotel Marriott, Schwing Bioset and Pilot Catastrophe; and luncheon tent sponsor Raja Med Spa.

“Polo at the Point is about community, family and friends, and most importantly raising money for local charities,” explained Travis Goodloe, Point Clear Charities board member. “When you meet families in Mercy’s pediatric program and hear their stories, you passionately understand how vital the program is to our community. It is incredibly gratifying to know proceeds of Polo at the Point have benefited such a worthy cause,” stated Goodloe.

Mercy Medical pediatric home care was the first and one of the only full-service programs in the area that solely focuses on delivering pediatric healthcare, palliative care and hospice care at home to children. Because more than 70 percent of pediatric home care costs are unreimbursed, Mercy Medical established Guardian Angel to help ensure that highly trained pediatric nurses and healthcare professionals provide care while allowing a child to remain at home with family rather than in an acute care hospital. The program helps local children with chronic illness needing close monitoring, medication administration, care of infusion catheters, wounds, failure to thrive and other treatments to receive the best care available. Guardian Angel relieves the financial stress, so families can focus on caring for their seriously ill child. Since 1998, Mercy Medical’s pediatric home care has served more than a thousand children and their families in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

“This level of specialty care is priceless to families because it allows their critically ill children to remain at home where they can be surrounded by family and friends,” said Sister Marilyn Graf, RSM, vice president of mission integration of Mercy Medical. “The contribution made today by the Point Clear Charities will ensure that Mercy Medical can continue to provide quality medical care to critically ill children in our area. It is with a grateful heart that we thank everyone responsible including sponsors, guests, players, the community and volunteers of Polo at the Point, for giving us the means to keep our children at home in the loving embrace of their families at a most critical time in their lives,” stated Sister Marilyn.

For more information on Polo at the Point, visit www.poloatthepoint.com.
For more information about Mercy’s Guardian Angel program, call the Mercy Medical Development Office at 251-621-4884.

 



Mercy volunteers show their support of Mercy’s Guardian Angel by assembling this year’s Polo-at-the-Point invitations. The Guardian Angel program was created to raise funds to help cover the ever increasing, non-reimbursable expenses Mercy incurs as it cares for critically ill children in their homes. Mercy’s Guardian Angel was designated as the main beneficiary of this year’s Polo at the Point. Pictured early morning are from left Alvin King, Sharon Knowles, Judy Hazelton, Katie McLain, Ed Schone, and Rosie Pope. Not pictured are Peggy Thornhill and Glover Barnes.

Many Volunteers and Sponsors Help with Polo at the Point

Recently, volunteers of Mercy Medical showed their support by collating, assembling and sealing 4,500 Polo-at-the-Point invitations in preparation of the big event. The beautiful invitations, designed by Herndon’s Marketing Design of Fairhope, features Amanda Hendrich’s oil painting of Polo Players and a convenient response card for ticket orders.

Sponsors for Polo at the Point to date include Presenting Sponsors Dragon Fly Boatworks, LLC. and IberiaBank; Player Party Sponsors Schwing Bioset and Pilot Catastrophe; and Team Sponsors Ferguson and Grand Hotel Marriott.

The Polo at the Point and Players’ Party, hosted by Point Clear Charities, are scheduled October 23-25 at the newly built Sonny Hill-Clearwater Farms Polo Complex and Sonny Hill Practice Fields in Point Clear, Ala. Since 1988, Polo at the Point has raised millions of dollars that benefited cancer research, local non-profit organizations, and children’s charities and has become known as the Gulf Coast’s most prestigious charity sporting event. This year, Point Clear Charities has designated Mercy’s Guardian Angel as the main beneficiary of the event. More than 70% of Mercy’s pediatric home care costs are funded through Guardian Angel, a program that has become vital for our community. The program helps local children with chronic illness needing close monitoring, medication administration, care of infusion catheters, wounds, failure to thrive and other treatments to receive the best care available.

“As Polo at the Point approaches, everything is starting to come together. We are expecting a great turnout and have an army of dedicated volunteers and loyal sponsors that make this event a success every year,” explained Anne-Clinton Groom, chair of tickets and invitation.

Polo at the Point is regarded as a premier event on the Eastern Shore drawing players and attendees internationally. Sponsorship opportunities are still available including tent sponsorships for private party hosting. Choose from a 20 x 20 or a 20 x 40 foot tent with a field-side or tailgate side location.

Tickets range from $10 (tailgating) to $100. Players’ Party tickets are $100 and are limited.

For more information, tickets, or if you are interested in volunteering please contact the Polo Office at 251.621.4464 or visit online at www.poloatthepoint.com.

 



This year’s Polo at the Point is set for the weekend of October 23- 25, 2009. Pictured at the Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo Complex in Point Clear, Ala, are committee members from left standing: Jamie Leatherbury, Susan Cox, Sadie Cooper, Tammie Sullivan, Dawn Pilot, Sherry-Lea Bloodworth, Will Roy, MD., Kim Campbell; and sitting from left are Cindy Trice, Elise Jones, Linda Lou Parsons, Mamie Henry, and Donna Wilhelm. Not pictured are Suzy Radcliff, Mike Lyons, Jamie Walsh, Hunter Lyons, and Anne Clinton Groom.

Polo at the Point Scheduled for October 25 at Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo

Complex scheduled to take place the weekend of October 23-25 at the newly built Sonny Hill-Clearwater Farms Polo Complex in Point Clear, Ala. Since 1988, Polo at the Point has raised millions of dollars that benefited cancer research, local non-profit organizations, and children’s charities and has become known as the Gulf Coast’s most prestigious charity sporting event. The event provides a unique experience for fans of polo or those experiencing the majestic sport for the first time. Throughout a weekend, several teams comprised of local, regional and international polo players will compete to play on Sunday, October 25 for the coveted Point Clear Polo Cup. This year, Point Clear Charities has designated Mercy’s Guardian Angel as the main beneficiary of the Polo at the Point.

Polo at the Point festivities begin with the Players’ Party on Friday night, October 23 at Sonny Hill Practice Field on Highway 32 in Point Clear, Ala. Players’ Party guests will enjoy gourmet cuisine by Rob Berglin Catering, live music by Musical Fantasy, the hottest show band on the Gulf Coast and unforgettable dancing. The Players’ Party originated as a small gathering for the polo players and their family and friends, but has grown into an integral part of the charitable event. The Players’ Party committee co-chairs for this year’s Polo at the Point are Sadie Cooper and Suzy Radcliff and includes Amy Gray, Lacey Radcliff and last year’s event co-chair, Barbara Mudd.



Considered one of the hottest show bands of the Gulf Coast, Musical Fantasy is scheduled to entertain guests at this year’s Players’ Party, the traditional start to the Polo at the Point weekend. Tickets are $100, and include gourmet cuisine by Rob Berglin, dancing and a night of entertainment while raising funds for Mercy’s Guardian Angel program as well as other children charities in the area.

As the event gets closer, Polo at the Point committees work diligently to organize a weekend of family fun and entertainment. “Lots of planning and volunteer hours go into this event every year. This is about community, family and friends, and most importantly raising money for local charities,” explained Sadie Cooper, Players’ Party committee co-chair. “We are spirited by why we are doing this. Mercy’s Guardian Angel program, our main beneficiary, ensures that critically or terminally ill children have the best healthcare available, no matter of ability to pay. This is an opportunity to help your neighbors and have a great weekend doing it,” said Cooper.

Each year hundreds of children on the Gulf Coast require ongoing medical care. Since 1998, Mercy’s pediatric home care has served more than a thousand of these critically and terminally ill children, that range from birth to 17 years of age, and suffer from cystic fibrosis, leukemia, other cancers and diseases, or severe conditions resulting from a birth defect or injury. Guardian Angel is the fundraising program that makes Mercy’s pediatric home care possible.

Polo-at-the-Point Sunday events include world class polo, gourmet cuisine, champagne, divot stomping, tailgating fun, reserved seating in the luncheon tent, garden party attire, a hat parade, a silent auction and more. Two spectacular silent auction tents will showcase unique items from artwork to fine jewelry, and vacation getaways to spa certificates. A three-night stay in Orange Beach, a TAGHeuer Watch, tack accessories and riding lessons, Bushnell binoculars, audio/video equipment with set-up, a tailgate “Smokin’ Hot” package and much more will be offered at auction.

Tickets range from $10 (tailgating) to $125 with sponsorships available. Players’ Party tickets are $100 and are limited.

For more information, tickets, or if you are interested in volunteering please contact the Polo Office at 251.621.4464. For more information about Guardian Angel please contact Mercy Medical's development office at 621-4884 or visit online at www.mercymedical.com.

 

Amanda Hendrich Official Artist for Polo at the Point

POINT CLEAR, AL.— Fairhope artist Amanda Hendrich has been chosen as the official artist for Polo at the Point, presented by Point Clear Charities. This year’s event is scheduled to take place the weekend of October 25 at the newly built Sonny Hill-Clearwater Farms Polo Complex in Point Clear, AL.

The original 48x48 oil painting, valued at $2,500, will be auctioned off at the silent auction held the day of the polo match. There will be no minimum bid, and all proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Mercy Medical’s Guardian Angel Program. Hendrich’s colorful painting of polo players will be used on all promotional materials for the event, including posters, t-shirts, ads, and programs.

Amanda Hendrich’s oil paintings are full of color, love and passion, and emerge from her life’s experiences. Since childhood, she has been fascinated with color and texture. She playfully approaches a canvas with her own joyful attitude of life. Amanda begins by layering colors and shapes with her palette knife. Every stroke is free and spontaneous.
Amanda has studied art at the University of South Alabama, Bay Rivers Art Guild, and under the private instruction of William Nolen-Schmidt and Linda Ledet-aka Fidelis.
About Polo at the Point
Since 1988, Polo at the Point has raised millions of dollars that benefited cancer research, local non-profit organizations, and children’s charities and has become known as the Gulf Coast’s most prestigious charity sporting event. The event provides a unique experience for fans of polo or those experiencing the majestic sport for the first time. Throughout the weekend, several teams comprised of local, regional and international polo players will compete to play on Sunday, October 25 for the coveted Point Clear Polo Cup. This year, Point Clear Charities has designated Mercy’s Guardian Angel as the main beneficiary of the Polo at the Point.

For more information on the Polo at the Point, visit www.poloatthepoint.com.