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Rivals pose for a photo during the Copa de Chicas for Charity polo tournament in 2016. Photo: Facebook

Komchen, Yucatán — In just two years, the Chicas for Charity Polo Tournament has found support from all corners, with international players arriving and international sponsors backing it.

The event, Nov. 25 and 26, is the cornerstone of “The Season of Sharing,” a campaign to benefit Yucatan Giving Outreach AC, the charitable organization started by Kimmy Davin-Degraff.

The polo event, which was founded last year by Kimmy Davin-Degraff and Fabienne O’Neill, invites female players to compete in a weekend tournament at the Yucatán Polo Club.

For the country’s only all-female tournament, a round robin of three teams comprises players from Germany, California, Florida, Mexico City, Switzerland and Yucatán. Over 40 horses will participate.

The tournament includes a VIP tent food, live music and a silent auction, all supplied by people and businesses committed to Yucatan Giving Outreach’s charitable mission.

The first Copa de Chicas for Charity polo tournament at the Yucatán Polo Club. Photo: Fantasma Polo Productions

General admission is free, and tickets to the VIP tent are 350 pesos, which includes valet parking, appetizers, and liquor, with wine and beer available for purchase.

EcoCentro is the presenting sponsor of all the Season of Sharing events, with teams sponsored by Ford, Arden’s Jewelery and Easy Legal Mexico. Narcisa is the sponsor of the silent auction. The VIP bar is sponsored by Hennessy’s Irish Pub and Ambhar Tequila with Pita serving the food.

The VIP experience is sponsored by Merida Living Real Estate.

A giant silent auction, chaired by Melissa Adler, has over 40 items from key partners, which will be displayed in the luxury tent. Among the items for bid are services from Yucatan Snook Fishing Tours, Dolorfin Chiropractic and Ochenta y Dos [an urban bed & breakfast]. One item available in the auction invites eight guests at Casa Palmeras in Tulum, donated by White City Properties.

A Fabulous Hat contest, raffle and silent auction add to the excitement at the Chicas for Charity Polo Tournament in Yucatán. Photo: Season for Sharing

A Fabulous Hat contest, with echoes of the Kentucky Derby, takes place 2:30 p.m. Saturday under the tent. Winners will be selected in three categories: Most Glamorous, Best Polo Theme and Most Outrageous. And a 50-50 raffle promises big prizes.

Yucatán Expat Life is the online media sponsor; Dolce Magazine and La Verdad are print sponsors.

The transportation and valet sponsor is Xootrip Rent-a-Car.

Other sponsors are Harley-Davidson of Mérida, Lincoln, Ford, Volvo, Ambhar Tequilla and Coca-Cola.

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