The Cobra Polo Classic has emerged as the largest charity polo match in the United States. This is a “Party with a Purpose“, as all proceeds from the event benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. The RMHC provides temporary lodging, comfort and support to families with children accessing medical services in Spokane.

The Cobra Polo Classic is chalk-full of highly anticipated polo traditions, contributing to this gathering becoming a not-to-miss regional event. It’s definitely an afternoon of fun fashion where guests dress up, don fancy hats and indulge in tasty foods and libations. The festive hats did steal the spotlight, but all eyes were on the sky when West Plains skydivers made their dramatic debut. It was a touching tribute as each diver carried a banner with a child’s name on it.

There was a delicious gourmet lunch with champagne, wine and cocktail options sprinkled throughout the venue. An afternoon snack and dessert was also served.

Attendees were invited to walk the green carpet in the highly anticipated Parade of Hats On the field, judges handed out roses to the favorite hats. From those, they chose the top three finalists. The “Best Hat” winner, Val Wilkerson, received pearl stud earrings from Spokane’s Jewelry Design Center.

Prior to the polo match, there was a well planned Live Auction and Call for the Cause. Polo match guests could also visit the silent auction tent with creative, elaborate and coveted items to bid on.

The Parade of Horses followed with the National Anthem sung by Ann Fennessey. The polo match itself was action-packed featuring local and international players.

The traditional Champagne Divot Stomp took place after the match; guests gathered on the field and kept an eye out for the golden horse shoe.

Throughout the afternoon the Cigar & Whiskey Tent was a hot spot to mingle and partake in fine spirits and smoke. Hamlet Parades, the Master Blender for Rocky Patal, was on-hand rolling cigars for guests to accompany Dry Fly Whiskey and hors d’oeuvres.

Guests left with high-end swag bags. It was apparent that a good time was had by all while making a significant difference for burdened families during trying times. For more information or to contribute to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane, log onto