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Thank you to all who attended the THE KNOX MEMORIAL CUP in Knox Farm State Park hosted by the Friends. The Champagne Brunch of over 300 attendees sold out more than a week before the event. Sixty-five volunteers helped make the festivities such a success. Even though it rained all day hundreds of people "stomped on the divots" between chukkers.

Thank you to the Western New York Interscholastic Girls Polo Team for their exhibition and to their coach, Terry Mehlenbacher. Thank you to Slade Sharpsteen, Team Land Rover Buffalo, (winner), and Team Ben Garelick Jewelers, (runner-up), for entertaining the crowds with this magnificent sporting event.

Thank you again to all of our sponsors Ben Garelick Jewelers, Land Rover Buffalo, The Buffalo News, Ellen Todd Cooper, Hodgson Russ, Buffalo Spree, Dunn Tire, the Gow School, Hudson Advisor Services, Keller Technology Corporation, MOOG and Oasis Web Development. Thank you also to the Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council, Pasquales Restaurant, Jean Knox, Miller's Farm, Passport Wines and Spirits, photographer Terry Tomzyak and photographer Megan Stapley. You are all "the best!"

The winning Ralph Lauren watch raffle ticket was number 66. The silent auction garnered over $4,500. Many thanks to all the generous donors.

This polo committee worked so very hard. They began meeting last October. They met twice weekly for the last few months. It was a full time job for many committee members. However, it was a joy and an honor to work with so many talented, amazingly devoted people who gave their all to this event and its beneficiaries. We are happy to say that everyone who attended, sponsored the the Knox Memorial Cup or played polo on July 19th was overwhelmingly pleased. Slade Sharpsteen, (men's team and referee), commented that "in his entire career he had never seen a first-time polo event that was so successful." Everyone involved, our volunteers, this year's sponsors and more sponsors who want to sign on next year, the guests, the crowds, players and even local businesses are all looking forward to another Knox Memorial Cup!

photo: Michael R. Kazinski

More photos of the Polo Event are located on our Facebook Page and the Knox Memorial Cup Page.