Glennon Gallop 2013

Paul von Gontard and Billy Busch during the 2013 Glennon Gallop

Photo by Tim Parker

Ladies, grab your hats—it's almost time for the second annual Glennon Gallop. This 'White Hot Affair' will be held Sept. 13 at Kräftig Polo Club in Defiance, and will benefit SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.

"It's an incredible event where more than 1,000 people come together last year to support a pediatric clinic," says Dan Buck, VP of philanthropy for Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation. In its inaugural year, the event raised more than $150,000 in support of the Danis Pediatric Center. "Everyone just had an amazing time; many people said it was the party of the summer," Buck says. "The environment of polo, the divot stomp, an air-conditioned tent [for VIP ticketholders] made for a magical afternoon and evening."

The fast-paced polo match—played by the St. Louis Polo Club—will not be the only entertainment at the event. Both oral and silent auctions will be held in the VIP tent, as well as wining and dining. And don't forget about classic polo activity: the stomping of the divots.

Buck explains that event beneficiary, Danis Pediatric Center, is an outpatient pediatric clinic. "We provide a comprehensive space for families to get their checkups, physicals and diagnosis. We deliver first-class services to families who otherwise may not have access," he says. "We try to serve families well-ahead of illness, and educate parents on everything from nutrition to hygiene." Danis Pediatric Center is a teaching medical center, which means that Saint Louis University School of Medicine residents and medical students learn more about caring for children from faculty members during patient appointments.

Danis Pediatric Center's Reach Out and Read Coalition also will benefit from the event. The Coalition provides free books for pediatric patients at Danis Pediatric Center, along with other community clinics throughout St. Louis, says Buck. "We feel the good of the child is important in all aspects—not just health care."

The event features a white-and-khaki dress code. Attendees may purchase VIP admission for $100, which includes reserved seating in an air-conditioned tent. At-the-gate general admission will be available for $25 per car. Major sponsors include Fifth Third Bank and A. Bommarito Wines.

"This year, it's going to be an amazing day of great polo, great wine, fabulous auction, and a night that will truly make a different to the families served at Danis Pediatrics," Buck says.

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