This past Sunday, philanthropic families attended the eighth annual Hamptons Cup presented by Cartier at the sprawling and manicured Equuleus Polo Club in Water Mill, New York. It was a beautiful and chic day under the sun to wind down a summer weekend in the Hamptons. The event raised more than $500,000 for Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting force. Because the event is fully underwritten by donors and sponsors, one hundred percent of ticket sales will go to helping low-income New Yorkers. Since its inception, the volunteer-led event has raised over $4.8 million to fight poverty.
The match between Team NetJets and Team Guggenheim featured international polo star Nacho Figueras, with Team NetJets winning the Hamptons Cup. Renowned players from around the world, including Juan Pepa and Joe DiMenna joined Figueras on the field again this year. Other notables such as Peke Gonzalez, Magoo Laprida, Martin Pepa, Michael Carrazza, Stefano Natella, Ali Natella, Mariano Gonzalez, and the match was umpired by Hugo Tagliafero. Along with Luca Natella, 12 years old, a rising national polo star.
In addition to the charity match, families enjoyed a special kids’ area sponsored by Maggie May & Lizzie Loo that featured story time, pony rides, arts and crafts. At halftime children were given polo mallets for the traditional stomping of field divots, and post-match they were invited to mingle with professional players.
“We are incredibly grateful to the supporters and sponsors of this year’s Hamptons Cup, many of whom have been part of this event from its inception in 2011. Their commitment to Robin Hood is making a difference in the lives of New York families,” said event co-founder and co-host Diana DiMenna.
“It has been an honor for me and Delfi to have partnered with the DiMenna family in such a noble and important cause from the beginning,” said Nacho Figueras, a co-founder of the event.
Co-chairs for the event included: Mercedes & Matthew Abramo, Maggie & Reed Cordish, Diana & Joe DiMenna, David Einhorn, Lise & Michael Evans, Tom Barrack, Delfina Blaquier & Nacho Figueras, Amanda & Glenn Fuhrman, Jonathan M Harris, Neil Hirsch, Breanna and John Khoury, Navab Family, and Sarahmay & Larry Robbins. Vice chairs for the event are Michael Carrazza, James Davies, Rohit & Vinnie Kumar, David Lawrence, Alainn & Stefano Natella, Laura & Brent Nicklas, Manuel Maximino, KBW & The McCaffery Family, Martin Pepa & Paige Allardice Pepa, and Juana & Juan Pepa. The Benefit Committee included: Victoria Weld Bergstrom & Craig Bergstrom, Kathleen Flock, Chandra & Jimmie Johnson, Sonia & Paul T. Jones II, Simone & David Levinson, Kim & Greg Lippmann. The event was presented by title sponsor Cartier, along with team sponsors, Guggenheim and NetJets. With a special thanks to Ralph Lauren, Maggie May & Lizzie Loo, Casa Dragones, and Fleurs de Prairie Rosé.
“Robin Hood is at our best when we are bringing people together to help lift New York City families from poverty. We are grateful to Diana, Joe, Delfina, Nacho, and all of the families that come out to support our critical work and fight poverty year after year. Every penny of every dollar raised from this family event will go directly toward our work”, said Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood.