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Churchill Polo Cup Weekend in New York


By Randall Baker

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK Saturday July 9, 2011 — This year’s ‘Winston S. Churchill International Polo Cup’ weekend was launched by New York Churchillian Ms. Tina Flaherty. At her penthouse apartment, Ms. Flaherty hosted a lavish pre-polo party, with Pol Roger champagne flowing, to welcome Honorary Event Chair of the 2011 Polo Cup and great grandson of Sir Winston, Mr. Jack Churchill to Manhattan. Included among the many attending Churchillians were: Ms Sophie Perkins, Edwina Sandys (grand daughter of Sir Winston) with husband Richard Kaplan, Churchill Centre Executive Director Lee Pollock and wife Jill, Ms. Kathryn Collins, and New York Churchillian Presidents Gregg Berman and Randall Baker—accompanied by their wives Suzy Berman and Elena Baker. (Con’t)


This year, for the first time, The Churchill Centre is co-sponsoring a west coast benefactor party, dinner, gala, and polo event in San Francisco. The four events will benefit The Churchill Centre, The Churchill Museum in London, and the equine therapy program Horses in California.

For more event information, including online ticket purchase, please follow this link.

Ms. Flaherty’s apartment offers some of the grandest views of the Manhattan skyline, and with weather behaving perfectly, many took advantage of the outdoor decks and sampled the Davidoff Churchill Collection Cigars.

Jack Churchill spoke not only of Sir Winston’s love of New York—but of his own fond memories in Manhattan acquired as a young intern while at Sotheby’s shortly after his completing University. Mr. Churchill reaffirmed the Churchill family’s support for polo as a logical and long term vehicle to amplify the Churchill Centre message and to use as a tool for fundraising efforts both regionally and nationally. Churchill thanked Event Director Randall Baker and the many who work in memory of his great grandfather in their generous have generously supported the Polo Cup. It should be noted that Mr Baker mentioned that a second Polo event ‘The Winston S Churchill Courage Cup’ will be taking place in the San Francisco Bay area on Oct 7th and 8th. More information on this event in a separate article soon.

Finally, Mr Churchill wanted to thank those who are providing the lifeblood of financial support in the many other Churchillian endeavors emanating from the New York region, specifically two recent and separate donations made by Ms Tina Flaherty , to underwrite the following :

  • The JP Morgan Library exhibition: ‘Churchill – The Power of Words’ May 2012 Thru mid Sept 2012
  • The Hunter College: ‘ Winston S. Churchill lecture series ‘ sponsoring acclaimed guest authors 2012-2014

The traditional toast to ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ was prepared and delivered by Ms Flaherty.

For more information on our upcoming west coast event October 5-8, 2011, The Winston S. Churchill and James S.Brady Polo Cup in San Francisco, please follow this link.

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